What are the best books about addiction?

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    #1The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    This book is a documentary of the world's most famous and successful narcotics investigation: two NYC detectives are investigating an heroin smuggler in France. Soon they will realize that everything has bigger dimensions that it seemed at first glance, and that everyone is involved in the business, even the police. 


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    Sara Stone
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is certain a book that includes addiction on a certain underlying level, but given that it really is about a narcotics investigation, this is a very poor fit for the category. It's really more of a non-fictional account of the investigation and where it led."
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    Awakenings is written by Oliver Sacks narrates the story of a group of patients diagnosed with sleeping sickness following the World War I and how their life changed after taking the drug L-DOPA. 


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    Hansika Jayaraman
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a wow book, they have been asleep and wake up many years later. There has actually been a movie made about this book. On the edge of your seat reading, for sure."
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    #3Cross and the Switchblade

    Cross and the Switchblade
    The Cross and the Switchblade a non-fiction book on Christianity. It tackles a wide array of topics involving kids nowadays especially on teenage gangs, prostitutes, drug addiction, and such.

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    Kathleen Wells
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Cross and the Switchblade is as relevant today as it was in 1963. I just listened to the audio book of this and it gave me chills."
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    #4Cash: The Autobiography

    Cash: The Autobiography

    Cash: The Autobiography is a book by American country music legend, Johnny Cash. It tells a truthful story about his life, encompassing everything from his addictions and his relationship with his family to his doubts about God and death.


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    Nicholas Smith
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I couldn't put this book down. What an amazing man with an equally amazing career. A must buy for any Cash fan."
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    #5American Flowers

    American Flowers
    American Flowers is a contemporary young adult novel by Michael A. McLellan. It tells the story of two teenagers, Chris and Allie, who turn to drugs to escape from the world of neglect they grew up in.

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    Magdalena Arias
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "this book solution is a good solution to the topic. it talks about two people who have an addiction problem. I would like to read this to gain education on what its like to fight this addiction. Great recommendation "
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    Crank is a young adult novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. Drawing from her own experiences with her daughter, Crank tells the story of Kristina, a girl with an addiction to crystal meth. 

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    Abhinav Mehra
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "My ex-wife's family had a drug addict who they all protected (typical denial) and a lot of passages in this book reminded me of those people. While it was a bit troubling to read and re-live a lot of that bad chapter from my own past, I was also reminded of how happy I am that I no longer have to deal with them or their enabling behavior. Fantastic read, though a little poignant."
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    #7Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.

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    Maria Bishop
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I loved this book! It seems to be written for teens but I really enjoyed it even though I'm an adult. Well written and definitely a page turner."
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    #8The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl is a young adult fantasy novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee and her magical ability to speak to birds. It is the first book in the Books of Bayern series.


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    Patrick Nelson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "For a fantasy book dealing with a serious topic it was well written but gets very graphic. It is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the Goose Girl "
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    #9Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.


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    Adam Fisher
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Go Ask Alice is an amazing adventure through a drug ridden world. It shows all sides of addiction and could not be anymore spot on."
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    Pillbillies is a suspense novel by bestselling author K.L Randis. It tells the story of Jared Vorcelli, who gets in trouble with the law after his drug addiction causes the death of his 3-year-old sister.

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    Steven Wheeler
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This looks to be a fictional story of how addiction can ruin lives. Not sure if they are looking for fiction here."
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    #11Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

    Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

    This book is a collection of Ariel Schrag best moments in high school: 'Awkward' is about her freshman year, whereas 'Definition' focuses on her sophomore year. As it was written when she was a teenager, it covers the most important topics from an american girl of that age: drugs, love, sexuality and friendship. 


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    Kenneth Ray
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I feel this is a great work of writing to put forth different aspects of what teenagers and young adults have to go through during their growing years. The writing and characters are easily relatable and well constructed. Well worth a read and learn."


Best What are the best books about addiction
1The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International ConspiracyBooks 41 Paid
2AwakeningsBooks 33 Paid
3Cross and the SwitchbladeBooks 25 Paid
4Cash: The AutobiographyBooks 16 Paid
5American FlowersBooks 14 Paid
6CrankBooks 11 Paid
7Book of a Thousand DaysBooks 10 Paid
8The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)Books 7 Paid
9Go Ask AliceBooks 5 Paid
10PillbilliesBooks 3 Paid

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