When you’re struggling with addiction, you may feel like no one understands what you’re going through. It can be hard to talk about it with people who haven’t experienced it. Even if you find a support group, you may be too shy or embarrassed to express how you really feel.
It may make you feel like you are the only one in the world struggling with these overwhelming emotions. Learning other people’s stories can help. There are hundreds of books available that were written by people who have struggled with various forms of addiction.
Here are a few must-reads that may help you feel less alone. Do you, or a loved one, need a Raleigh alcohol rehab center that you can trust? Call Legacy Freedom today to learn more.
Must-Read Books About Addiction and Recovery
In this memoir, the lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, details his struggle with drug abuse over the course of 20 years. He was first introduced to them as a preteen by his father, who was a drug dealer. When he joined the band in high school, he and guitarist Hillel Slovak became heavy heroin users. Slovak died of an overdose in 1988, but Kiedis continued to use heroin. He finally got clean in 2000. He says in the book, “Once you've seen a solution to the condition that's tearing you apart, relapsing is never fun.”
Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines
Nic Sheff started using drugs as a teenager. He smoked pot, and tried cocaine and MDMA. He eventually developed addictions to heroin and methamphetamines. Like many users, he didn’t think he had a problem. He spent time living on the streets, selling drugs and working as a prostitute to support his habit. He went to rehab and got clean for a few years, but relapsed in his 20s. In an interesting twist, his father wrote a book about his experiences as a parent with a child struggling with addiction called Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction. Read both to learn the story from two different perspectives.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
Writer Sarah Hepola started drinking at an early age in order to deal with low self-esteem. She drank in high school, in college and then continued to drink heavily while her friends started to settle down. She experienced blackouts often only to learn later that she acted obnoxious or took off her clothes. In this memoir, she talks about realizing she had a drinking problem and her struggle to overcome it. She felt that her life would be boring if she didn’t drink, but discovered that, “sobriety wasn’t the boring part. Sobriety was the plot twist.”
Gun, Needle, Spoon
A young man involved in the punk rock scene in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s gets caught up in drugs in this memoir from Patrick O’Neil. He spends 18 years addicted to heroin. He is arrested for armed robbery and spends two years in jail. He was in and out of rehab for three years. He finally got clean over 12 years ago, and has spent the last six years working as a substance abuse counselor. He said in the book, "I shot dope, sold drugs, did crimes, went to jail. It doesn’t mean I have to continue living like that."
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