The irony of addiction is that an addict can try every single recovery program – Alcoholics Anonymous, rehab, exorcism – with as much fervor as it took to become addicted and still come up dry. A book titled Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy might suggest even colder comfort, but author David Sheff – a journalist whose memoir, Beautiful Boy, told the harrowing story of his son's descent into addiction – talks tonight about what he's learned from immersing himself in the science of addiction. His illuminating, thorough examination of the question of addiction takes readers from the lab to the streets and everywhere in between, asking counselors, scientists and addicts themselves about the problem and how to effectively fight it, up to and including one of its most underrated, obsessive compulsions: addiction to recovery programs. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Mon., March 3, 7 p.m.; free, book is $15.95. (310) 659-3110,

Mon., March 3, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/03/14)

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