Kyle Keegan was like many teenagers: eager to fit in at school, he experimented with alcohol and drugs. Soon, his abuse of these substances surpassed experimentation and became a ruthless addiction to heroin that nearly destroyed his life.
Now in recovery, Keegan tells his remarkable story in Chasing the High. Starting with the early days of alcohol and drug use, Keegan charts his decline into crime and homelessness as his need for heroin surpassed all thoughts of family and friends, of right and wrong. He then goes on to use these experiences to offer guidance and practical advice to other young people who may be struggling with substance abuse. In straightforward, easy-to-understand language and along with the psychiatric expertise of Howard Moss, MD, Keegan discusses what is known about the neurobiology of addiction in young people, how to seek treatment, and how to get the most out of professional help. He also covers such topics as therapies which are used to combat addiction, how to talk to families and friends about substance abuse, and how to navigate risky situations. Both an absorbing memoir and a useful resource for young people.
Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, Chasing the High offers hope to young people who are struggling with substance abuse, helping them to overcome its challenges and to go on to lead healthy, productive lives.
Gr 8 Up- Keegan grew up in a loving, middle-class family in a small town in New York and wound up homeless and hopeless in California. He recounts his life from his teens through the present; now in his early 30s, he has been clean for two years. By detailing his own "often-harrowing" experiences, the depths of his heroin addiction, and his steps to recovery, Keegan hopes to reach at-risk young people who have experimented with drugs or who are using. Each chapter discusses "the science, medicine, and social trends of substance abuse" as well. Back matter includes the names of many national resources for help along with a section of "Frequently Asked Questions." This heartfelt, powerfully written book is an easy read and a first choice for all collections.-Lorraine B. Wiener, Inglewood High School, CACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.