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Publisher: Regan Books / HarperCollins
Release Date: August 14, 2003
ISBN: 0060096543
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre:   Non-fiction / Self Help /
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
Reviewer Notes:  some profanity

Putting Broken Lives Together Again  
By Dr. Drew Pinsky with Todd Gold

     Those who have never suffered from an addiction often wonder if those who have aren't lacking in willpower or sense. In Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again, Dr. Pinsky debunks the myths surrounding chemical dependence. He explains the biology of the disease and the precipitating events in layman's terms. Through the eyes of former patients, he tells the physical pain of withdrawal and the complex journey to sobriety of those who "get it."

    However, the uniqueness of this book lies in Dr. Pinksy's revelations of his own vulnerabilities. He readily admits his codependent tendencies often leave him struggling to distance himself from his patients. Addicts’ repeated inabilities to "get it" leave him frustrated and doubtful of his effectiveness. Yet he perseveres, and in the end he comes to terms with most of his limitations.

    Readers may recognize the author as the co-host of radio's "Loveline." Dr. Drew brings his same straightforward manner to the written word and pulls no punches in this fast paced, dynamic work. Smooth transitions among his personal life, his lectures, his radio broadcasts and his work as medical director at Las Encinas Hospital allow readers to easily observe Dr. Pinsky's varied experiences. His comments on culture's effect on America's society will make readers sit up and take notice. Hopefully, his frank portrayals of addiction will make those susceptible to the disease's grip get help before time runs out.

   Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again should become mandatory reading in high school and/or college. Medical professionals and adults who interact with children would benefit greatly, too. Former addicts may find the strength to continue on the path of sobriety, and the presently dependent might just get the information they need to confront their disease. Come to think of it, no one could read this book and not come away a little wiser. Moving and insightful!