David Sheff Praises Matrix Model in Bestselling Book, CLEAN

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, the new book by David Sheff, the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction, offers a comprehensive guide to understanding, preventing, and treating addiction. Conducting thousands of interviews, Sheff has written the quintessential reference guide for everything related to addiction. And he is a strong supporter of the Matrix Model and Evidence Based Treatment. Specifically he praised the Matrix program for replacing the invent-as-you-go treatment programs offered at many rehabs, with a “replicable regimen that’s built on evidence-based therapies.”

Sheff gives his first-hand account of witnessing the work of the Matrix program in several settings, our West LA location, Woodland Hills, and LA methadone clinic. He wrote of the important work Matrix is doing in combining the various forms of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to help clients struggling with addiction. Mr. Sheff writes that the Matrix Model “trains addicts to be aware of the thoughts and feelings that have led them to drug use and teaches them to interrupt them before they use drugs again. Addicts are given tools to change these thoughts and feelings and break the link between them, craving and drug use.”

Recently Mr. Sheff , on a book tour publicizing Clean, spoke in West Los Angeles,where an audience member asked about the subtitle of Mr. Sheff’s book, specifically asking why he chose to call addiction, “America’s Greatest Tragedy.” Surely, the audience member agreed, addiction is a tragedy, but America’s greatest tragedy.

Mr. Sheff explained that every aspect of our lives and society has been affected by addiction in one way or another. “You can’t another problem that isn’t caused or worsened by addiction,” he said. He listed crime, over crowding in prisons, overstressed hospital emergency rooms and hospitals, overall healthcare costs, unemployment, homelessness, child abuse and abandonment, law enforcement costs, suicide, and more. In addition, he noted that at least 100 million Americans are personally impacted by their own or a loved one’s addiction. As he said,“ It is a problem that literally touches every single one of us.”

Sheff’s book highlights the problems caused by drug misuse and addiction and exposes weaknesses in the treatment system, but also identifies treatment programs that have been shown to be successful. He highlights Matrix’s program and the Matrix Model as examples of treatment at it’s best.