High: Everything You Want to Know about Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction (REVIEW)

High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and AddictionThe title sums the book very well. This isn’t a book that sugar coats the realities of drug and alcohol use. The authors portray the realities and the cultural myths about addiction. There are sections about a variety of different types of drugs and how they are used and abused to a scientific level. However it is written in a language that jr. high and high school students can comprehend and make a impact on their decisions about using drugs. 

This books follows the widely anticipated movie Beautiful Boy based on the book written by Nic Sheff, the co-author of High. Sheff and his father are able to share what drug and alcohol abuse did to them and their family while educating the reader. Nic looks back at his life and what he missed while using drugs and how he lives with regrets of now living his young life sober.

What I appreciated about this book is that the authors acknowledge the cultural acceptance for drug use especially from celebrities. For example there are many songs, TV shows and movies that make light of drug users, but it makes clear that not everyone has the same reaction to drugs and that one use can leave to long hard road of addiction. Other point that stuck out was marijuana use in our country. I appreciated that the book didn’t debate the legality issues but directly pointed to the dangers of the drug and how it does lead to use of harder drugs. The MTV crowd hammers away at tobacco use but doesn’t seem to know the detrimental affects of marijuana use and in fact glamorizes it in a way that seems acceptable and normal in our young culture. This book doesn’t really address tobacco use so much because it hasn’t been a major issue in recent years. I gained a wealth of knowledge about the variety of different drugs that are widely available for young students to purchase and how they become so additive. There are easy to read charts and graphs related to the statistics of drug use all over the country.

Overall it was a eye opening and refreshing nonfiction book about the current state of drug and alcohol use in our country. I realized that drug use isn’t a new problem but rather the accessibility students have to drugs is more alarming than it was a few years ago. I think this will be a great addition to our nonfiction collection and I look forward to its release.


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