Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment
by Jenny Valentish
Editor: Black Inc.
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Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates women’s experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to shed light on the pathHis trip around Australia to take his treatment facilities and AA groupsExploring the expertise of leading researchers, she explores early predictors of substance abuse, such as childhood trauma and temperament, adolescents and impulsivity.Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours such as eating disorders, high-risk compulsive buying and sex are interchangeable with problem substance use.Valentish follows the paths that women, in particular, take in addiction and out againWoman of Substances is a perceptive, rigorous and brutally honest readValentish blends his own fairing story with some really fabulous researchThis book taught me things I didn’t expect on the substance use landscapeKate Holden’A fabulous readRaw, revealing, both sad, but searingly honest and clearly intended to support anyone who wonders if they will ever recover from addictionYes, said Jenny, you can just don’t expect unicorns to visit immediatelyBeautifully written, it invites a broader discussion on the role of women (little discussed) hormones can play in a “drug addiction and recovery history”, and the few times this has been considered when it comes to recovery patternsJenny tells a true story full of hope about a woman who has come to accept who she isShe looks like the beast in the eyesWell done”A compelling blend of sociology, psychology and physiology that animates women’s addiction, all seasoned by the author of self-serrating humour and remarkable skill.Professor Marc Lewis, Ph.DProfessor Emeritus, University of TorontoAuthor of The Biology of Desire (2015) and Memoirs of a Brain Addict (2011)’Jenny Valentish takes us on a journey through her vulnerabilities and then, as a
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