3 out of 4 stars
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Why can’t Johnny Just Quit by Kyle Oh, M.D is a guide specially written to help people understand addiction. The author reveals to us information about addiction that is misconstrued, ignored and miscommunicated. Kyle’s definition and explanation of addiction are contrary to popular definitions. He states that people are addicted to certain drugs because they are susceptible to them and not because of their own personal choice and failure. It is possible that two people can use the same type of drug and receive different results, one may be addicted and the other may not. The author also provides information on how we can spot early signs of addiction, the role of genetics in susceptibility to drugs by giving an example that adopted children were found to be susceptible to alcohol and drugs even though their adoptive parents are not and they were separated with their biological parents at birth. You can expect to find information on why people get into drugs, why they relapse and the author’s recommendation to healing from addiction.
I liked that the author explained the purpose and aim of the book, this helped me understand why the book was written and what the author is trying to achieve. The author uses cases of real people that he encountered in his profession as a pain specialist and as an addiction specialist and adds value and substance to his theories and assertions. I also liked that he apologized for being repetitive and verbose and explained the importance of repetition. A glossary is towards the end of the book, providing easy access to definitions of words to readers. He provided links to useful websites and sources of information. Under useful links, I found a link to his website, on the website, there is information that readers might find useful for example, contact details of the author. I liked that references were written at the end of every chapter as this makes it easier for readers to research.
Although there is a glossary, there are some words that I think an ordinary person would find difficult to understand that were not included in the glossary. I did not like having to constantly go outside of the book in search of meanings.
In chapter six and eleven there are medical terms that I reckon the author should have provided definitions to, therefore I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not notice any grammatical or spelling errors.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in addiction, particularly drug addicts, parents or guardians of drug addicts, addiction specialist, rehabilitation centers and teenagers. Understanding addiction according to this book may help teenagers avoid drugs. Rehabilitation centers, addiction specialist, and guardians of addicts will find effective ways to deal with addicted patients.
Why Can't Johnny Just Quit?
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