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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
What Goes Up, Must Come Down: A Kid’s Guide To Understanding Addiction – Part Two by Tracy Bryan opens with photographs of attractive teenagers, followed instantly by the shocking facts about the number of people in the USA who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Ms Bryan shows the difference between physical and psychological addiction and goes on to explain that withdrawal from drug or alcohol abuse is difficult, and the likely physical and emotional suffering involved. She describes the signs of addiction in others and advises young readers to confide in an adult; the emphasis is on professional help. What Goes Up, Must Come Down: A Kid’s Guide To Understanding Addiction – Part Two concludes with a comprehensive glossary of the terms used throughout.
In What Goes Up, Must Come Down, Tracy Bryan speaks to youngsters who are not addicted to anything and that seemed to me to be a non-confrontational way of addressing those who are already addicted, or on the slippery slope to addiction. However, she does list symptoms non-addicts might notice in their friends, advises them what to do, and how to confront any guilt they may feel about “telling tales.” Ms Bryan uses illustrations to introduce or sum up each short section of text. The book contains a great deal of information and presenting it in small “bites” made it very easy to understand and remember. I particularly liked the description of a typical treatment centre; it came over as a pleasant place where the doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, and other members of staff were there to help, not condemn. Any responsible parent could usefully buy this book for their offspring.