Authors, Addiction, and the Road to Recovery

14 memoirs and novels that illuminate the suffering of addiction and the hope of recovery.

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million Americans who are twelve and older seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse per year. That means most of us have either suffered from addiction or have witnessed someone close to us suffer from addiction. These memoirs and novels illuminate both that suffering and the hope of recovery.

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About Alexandra Gekas

Alexandra Gekas

ALEXANDRA GEKAS is a New York City-based editor, writer and book worm. In college, her dad told her to major in whatever she was passionate about, so she picked English literature, which led her to her career in journalism. So, really has the library to thank for it all.