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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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  • 01-08-21

informative and thought provoking

I listened to this in fits and starts over the period of about a year. the first covid year. I plan to listen to it again more consistently to get more benefits.

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  • charly
  • 10-09-20

Great book

i enjoyed the book and it is well performed by the narrator. Great hearing a woman's prospective of addiction, however like my books around addiction it come from a very middle class prospective.

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  • David Ingerslev
  • 02-05-20

Interesting and entertaining!

The third quarter flagged a little compared to first half and the end. But I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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  • Liz Tucker
  • 07-10-18

Brilliant

Loved it could relate so much to th author's story. Great scientific info. Will listen to this again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-20

Incredibly touching

As a woman who has substance abuse problems and also exists amongst the established drug policy and harm reduction community I have often struggled with my own narrative. Identity, guilt and false introspection have been my demons. Valentish’s narrative is so closely intertwined with my own- a need for validation as a woman in the music scene, self and outsider influenced victimisation and a lust for adventure and drug induced thrill seeking, it was comforting to hear someone untangle these inner issues I hold. The book is a mix of harm reductionist theory and self reflexive introspection of Valentish delivered warmly by the comforting voice of Imogen Wilde. To anyone (regardless of gender or history) interested in narratives of substance dependence this is a must read. Thanks Jenny.

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  • Rebecca
  • 06-21-20

Informative & entertaining

This book is well researched, relevant & helpful for anyone looking to explore issues around addiction, particularly alcohol. It felt gritty, real & relatable.

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  • sarah
  • 10-18-18

Loved it!!!!

Loved how she has used her story to make the psychology and the science more interesting. Started getting anxious myself at the thought of finishing it. Probably the first book I will ever listen to twice!!

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  • Anita
  • 05-03-21

intriguing Honesty

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Thank you for sharing your story.

I found it extremely interesting & informative.

I can appreciate the ways of looking at different addictions/scenarios...with so many perspectives & underlying situations from each person's perspective.

As you & many have said you only truly quit if you're ready....


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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-19

Entertaining and educational

Loved this book. So easy to follow and a new approach to these issues that are usually hard to digest.

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  • Rachel
  • 04-20-18

Loved it

Interesting bio woven into narrative about women and substances and different paths to recovery. I finished it quickly because it was so easy to listen to.

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  • ciorstan
  • 04-17-18

Tough and honest

This is difficult to read in places, because it's honest. I got a lot out of it and thank the author for not pretty I g up a difficult story.

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  • Michelle
  • 11-03-17

Resonating

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.