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Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol, using her own story to light the way.

Mining the expertise of leading researchers, she explores the early predictors of addiction, such as childhood trauma and temperament, and teenage impulsivity.

Drawing on neuroscience, she explains why other self-destructive behaviours - such as eating disorders and high-risk sex - are interchangeable with substance use. Valentish follows the pathways that women take into addiction - and out again. Woman of Substances is a rigorous and brutally honest listen.

©2017 Jenny Valentish (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Michelle
  • 11-03-17

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This book has taken me up and down on a rollercoaster as I recall my own experiences. It tapped at issues I’d forgotten (awful as they may be) and has given me a feeling of “I’m not the only one” with my own alcohol issues.
I may have the strength to speak about “things” now, however small country towns and AA are not always compatible! I was glad to hear of other options.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-17

rewarding read.

Well researched and deeply personal. As an addict in recovery I could relate. As a trans person it was so refreshing to be acknowledged.