Chris Beckman's "Clean"
Talk about recovery issues for young people with Chris Beckman, author of Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out, in our Discussion area.
In the Introduction to Clean, which you can read here, Chris Beckman talks about what it was like to be on MTV's The Real World: Chicago during the early days of his sobriety, and how recovery for people in their teens to 30 is different "and sometimes feels nearly impossible." Although the book is aimed at young people, Chris is "realistic" about who he'll reach.
"Many folks I used to party with are still submerged in the subculture of drugs, clubs, and sex, and of being consumed by useless things," he writes. "But maybe you’re their best friend. Or their mom or dad or sister or brother. I wrote this book for you too.
Here are the chapter headings for the rest of the book, which is available at bookstores nationally or at Amazon.
Chapter 1: Before the Fall: Setting the Stage for Addiction
Chapter 2: Drunk and Stoned: Becoming Chemically Dependent
Chapter 3: Believe What You Want: Denial Comes on Strong
Chapter 4: A Turning Point: The Awakening
Chapter 5: One Day at a Time: Getting Clean and Sober
Chapter 6: The Rest of Your Life: Making It Safe, Sober, and Sexy
There are also Resources and Sources sections.
ABOUT Chris Beckman
Chris Beckman is an artist who has had group and solo shows in New York and Boston, as well as participating in the Biennale in France. A former cast member of MTV's The Real World: Chicago, he also models and has been featured in ad campaigns for Polo/Ralph Lauren and the Gap, among many others. He speaks on addiction and recovery at colleges and high schools around the country. He currently lives and works in New York City.