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Chasing the High: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Substance Abuse

Kyle Keegan, Howard Moss, Beryl Lieff Benderly
Oxford University Press, with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
160 pages. $9.95.

Like The Thought That Counts, this work is written by a survivor of the condition it covers. In his late 20s, Keegan emerged from a severe heroin addiction that began with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs during his adolescence in a middle-class family. Despite incarceration, homelessness, failing health and countless treatment programs, Keegan couldn’t kick his dependency until he chose treatment for himself.

Now a professional diver with a wife and daughters, Keegan is persuasive with youth who “may not want to see or accept that you have a problem. … I’ve been where you are, and I know it’s a desolate place. Read on, and let me tell you about my experience of that place if only so I can show you a way out of it.” Assisted by expert co-authors with medical and therapeutic information about all types of substance abuse, Keegan offers a dose of hope to go with tough truths. (212) 726-6000,


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