What are the best books about substance abuse and addiction?

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    #1Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream
    Requiem for a Dream is a book by Hubert Sellby which centers on Marion, Tyron, and Harry who dreams of becoming rich led them in selling illegal drugs, but their product made them addicts and their life became more miserable.


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    Ruth Gray
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is an interesting take on the mind of an addicted person. Especially ones that didn't start out addicted. It's a good read and really makes you think about your choices in life."
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    #2Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation

    Prozac Nation is an autobiography written by Elizabeth Wurtzel wherein she tells her journey from suffering depression, suicide attempts, drug therapy and getting back to living. 


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    Brenda Contreras
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A really truthful book about the mental problems and addictions that plague the most luxuriant generations to walk the earth. A story about how one girl turned it all around to enjoy the life she has."
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    #3Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.


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    Chen Yi
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Girl, Interrupted has been an important book for me throughout my life. Any teenager or young woman will be able to appreciate the raw honesty of this tale. The main character shows the hardships of drug and addiction with truth but also deep empathy--it is beautifully written."
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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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    Brian Russell
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is about drug addiction. It is an easy read that holds your attention until the very end."
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    #5A Million Little Pieces

    A Million Little Pieces
    A Million Little Pieces is written by James Frey based on his 10-year alcoholic life which started at the age of 23. However, there are claims some parts of this book has been exaggerated and fabricated. 

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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "What a great book this is! It's heartbreaking, inspirational, engaging and one I won't soon forget. James walks you through his life of addiction and his battle to overcome it. I was engrossed from the moment I started reading, until the moment I finished it. You cheer him on as you follow him on his journey to recovery. It's a moving story, It's a well-written story. The writing is amazing."
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    #6Go 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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    Timothy Moore
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I read this book and think that it's a good book for mainly a younger crowd. It's an anti drug book and serves to give people an idea of what can happen to you if you get involved in drugs. Sure, it's a work of fiction but I found it to be very accurate. In this day and age people are taking drugs too lightly and a book like this is needed for some people. Great book."
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    Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Nicole Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Ellen Hopkins is a good author and I've recommended her work before. This book takes some patience because of the narrative style (three different teens are telling their stories). You need to know that it's a somewhat hard read, these are folks who have tried to kill themselves. But substance abuse and addiction is hard to read. I've used this teaching a class of social work students (well, parts of it) so that they can get a feel for what post inpatient experiences are like. "
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    Burned is the first book in the Burned series written by Ellen Hopkins. This young adult fiction verse book was originally published in 2006. This book is about the troubles that the main character gets herself into.

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    Brian Davidson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you are looking for a great cautionary tale about substance abuse for you teen or young adult to read, then the Burned series by Ellen Hopkins is going to be right up your alley. The series has a great way of teching those important life lessons about addiction without sounding preachy."
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    Junky is a book written by William S. Burroughs. It is about long gone places and eye-witness accounts from untold field reports from the American post-war. 


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    Benjamin Matthews
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "simple street language easy book to follow. easy reading and true back stage pass to the life of a addict."
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    #10Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.


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    José Antonio Espinosa
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The best book about substance abuse and addiction is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. A long week-end road trip that will make readers want to experience it for themselves."
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    #11The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.

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    Emma Ward
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Glass Castle is a story of alcoholism as told by a child about her parents. She is able to escape and live a better life, but what the substance abuse does to the family is heart-wrenching. This book details her story growing up in poverty and how her father drank and was gone for days. A bit of a dark book, but worth the read."
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    Cut is a  young adult and realistic fiction novel written by Patrick McCormick. It was published February 1, 2002 by PUSH. It closely follows the struggle of a person with mental challenges.

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    Dong Zhou
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Cut is a great book to learn about addiction and how people fall subject to certain things which turns them into addicts and change there lives forever "
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    Glass is the second novel in the Crank series. This young adult fiction novel is written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. It was originally published in 2007.


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    Julie Watkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I loved this novel, it kept me entertained and wanting to read more. The words played a movie in my mind. "
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    #14The Hollow Dolls

    The Hollow Dolls

    The Hollow Dolls is a book by MT Dahl that tells the story of best friends Mel and Winnie. They will be both lost in the life of addiction. They do not believe in anything absolute so they will try and love and something will happen.  


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    Joseph Hernandez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I read a lot of books about substance abuse and addiction. I have dealt with it a lot of my life. The Hollow Dolls is a really good book about a couple of friends living with an addiction. It tells the tales of them and it's really good. It's a quick read too. "
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    #15Less Than Zero

    Less Than Zero
    Less Than Zero is a book authored by Bret Easton Ellis. It was first published on June 30, 2018. It is considered a classic portrait of the 1980s, when the prevailing ideology among teens was nihilism, passivity, and depression.

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    Emily Fu
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I read this book after a friend recommended it. It's an excellent book that explains some of the processes behind drug addiction and gives a glimpse into their lives."
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    #16The Heroin Diaries

    The Heroin Diaries

    The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star is a non-fiction book written by Nikki Sixx, member of the band Mötley Crüe. It tells the story of his drug addiction and how he recovered from it.


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    Jason James
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good book about substance abuse and addiction and found The Heroin Diaries. This book, told from a celebrities point of view, is really captivating and tells how drugs can affect you. I loved the writing and really learned a lot from the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in background on substance abuse. "


Best What are the best books about substance abuse and addiction
1Requiem for a DreamBooks 42 Paid
2Prozac NationBooks 38 Paid
3Girl, InterruptedBooks 36 Paid
4CrankBooks 36 Paid
5A Million Little PiecesBooks 32 Paid
6Go Ask AliceBooks 32 Paid
7ImpulseBooks 30 Paid
8BurnedBooks 28 Paid
9JunkyBooks 25 Paid
10Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBooks 24 Paid

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