I love this book. Simply incredible, and not only does it suck you in from the first page, it sucks you in from the first sentence. No section in this book lagged, or seemed unnecessary. Shavelson follows, as the title says, 5 addicts, going through rehab, for over a year. You meet, & feel like you've known these men & women, in-depth, forever.
When one of the men in the book mess up at one point, big time, I actually had to set the book down and walk off for a while, I was so angry & disappointed & bewildered at him & his life choices, even though I obviously didn't know him.
One of the addicts who is particularly interesting is a possibly schizophrenic middle-aged, african american homeless lady. She lives in a DIY homeless community, & some of the injustices thrown her way over the course of the book will break your heart.
And the different addicts, too, are treated very differently by the system, & thrown into differently-styled rehabilitation programs, or denied access to them at all, so the levels of success vary across the board. It's truly educational when it comes to regimentation & doctrination into certain rehab programs.