What are the best memoirs about drug addiction?

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    #1Prozac 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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    Randy Miller
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Prozac Nation is a heartbreaking albeit true story of a woman overcoming depression and drug addiction. In this book she walks us through some of the darkest moments of her life while also explaining what it was like to be young in a time of undiagnosed mental illness. She brings the reader along on her journey of wellness and realizing what she needed to do to be "healthy" again. This book would appeal to anyone interested in Mental Health, or anyone who has enjoyed books like "Girl Interrupted". "
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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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    #3Fear 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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    Steven Fuller
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Ever wanted to read about drug fueled orgies? Well Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is for you! It documents the travels of an undercover writer in a convertible dubbed 'Great Red Shark' where they go causing strife everywhere they went. And, of course, got completely hammered, coked up, and had sex with everything that moved. If that's not a good book premise then I don't know what is. For my part, I really enjoyed the way it was written, described, and visualized. Sometimes a bit too well. It's worth a try for sure."
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    #4Go 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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    Walter Scott
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I do not feel this is an accurate solution. As it is not known whether this is real or fictional. I feel that this should have a positive ending but this does not appear to."
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    #5Confessions of an English Opium Eater

    Confessions of an English Opium Eater

    Confessions of an English Opium Eater is a non-fiction book written by Thomas de Quincy, first published in 1821. It tells the story of his addiction to laudanum during the 19th century.


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    Diana Shaw
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "You wouldn't think drugs were such a big thing back then but this book goes to show that they've pretty much always been around. I find it intriguing that someone actually wrote about their struggles with drug abuse. Today it's such an epidemic and maybe it was in the 19th century too."
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    #6Scar Tissue

    Scar Tissue
    Scar Tissue is a New York Times bestseller memoir of Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers in collaboration with Larry Sloman. This book contains Kiedis' recollection of his life with the rock band.


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    Vicente Villa
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Red Hot Chili Peppers is a band I'll listen to while cruisin down the highway on a sunny summer afternoon. They have a few good songs, but I don't love the band or anything. I also wouldn't read a book about one of the members."
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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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    Roy McDonald
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The book is unapologetically realistic, depraved and vivid in its portrayal of a culture and an age that most people have forgotten about. It is definitely not a book for everyone, but those that like it, will love it for the rest of their lives."
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    #8The 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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    #9The Shores We Walk

    The Shores We Walk

    The Shores We Walk is a fiction book written by Gabriel Rheaume which explores the story of four young people as they self-destruct while fighting addiction, homelessness and poverty following the suicide of Francis' girlfriend. 


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    Judith Nguyen
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "What a sad story but one that needs telling. The stories are heart-felt and gripping. I was caught up in the characters and their addictions."
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    #10Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud

    Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud
    Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud: Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety is written by Scott Stevens. This psychology book has been 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist and 2013 USA Best Books Awards Finalist.

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    #11Eating Smoke

    Eating Smoke
    Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland is a nonfiction book written by Chris Thrall and published by Blacksmith Books on September 16, 2011. It follows the story of Thrall in Hong Kong.


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    Lorenzo Gálvez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Chris Thrall was born in South East London. At eighteen, he joined the Royal Marine Commandos"


Best What are the best memoirs about drug addiction
1Prozac NationBooks 32 Paid
2CrankBooks 30 Paid
3Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBooks 27 Paid
4Go Ask AliceBooks 25 Paid
5Confessions of an English Opium EaterBooks 24 Paid
6Scar TissueBooks 24 Paid
7JunkyBooks 22 Paid
8The Heroin DiariesBooks 20 Paid
9The Shores We WalkBooks 19 Paid
10Every Silver Lining Has a CloudBooks 18 Paid

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