Make use of evidence about which treatments and approaches work and which do not. Address the dire work force shortages plaguing behavioral health, in part by changing the way addiction treatment is funded. Ensure that those therapies are accessible to the most vulnerable populations, including the incarcerated (roughly half of whom struggle with addiction) and those newly released from jail or prison. In many ways, addiction is like any other chronic medical condition.

When the Linkage Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district first opened in January 2022, it looked like a comprehensive sticks-and-carrots solution to the deeply intractable problem of open-air drug markets and the addictions that fuel them. “Add up everything it costs us to kick people off Medicaid and to provide medical care by other means during incarceration, and then to deal with all the fallout from people slipping through the cracks,” Ms. Waldron said. “It would probably cost us less to just keep them on Medicaid.” But so far, efforts to repeal or modify the exclusion have failed in Congress. The boldest, most imaginative programs may accomplish even more than that. In Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio and elsewhere, sheriffs are turning some jails into full-time addiction treatment programs.

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Keep reading for the biggest revelations from his new memoir, out now. Bryant is an incredible, big-hearted human with so much empathy for the world around him. His journey through the hell of addiction has created a vast scope of gratitude for what is and what will be. In 2020, Bryant became a father and, after years of perseverance, landed his dream job in 2022. High on hope, we went directly from the airport to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

  • Living in poverty in the South in a racist country takes its toll, and for Ward, it is gutting.
  • Self-help books are yet another device that can support your efforts.
  • Nic also penned a memoir, Tweak, revealing that as grisly as his father’s nightmares for him were, the reality of his addiction was far darker.
  • Eventually, political turmoil, piled on top of loneliness, youthful angst and assorted romantic troubles, led the author to the edge of a nervous breakdown.
  • She fervently adopted Christianity and founded a black Baptist church in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn with McBride’s father.

In 2011, Cesar Deleon was indicted on 55 counts of illegal distribution of OxyCodone at his Lake Worth clinic. The drug has eclipsed heroin in many communities, in part because it is easier to produce and transport. “With heroin, you had a good several hours between doses where you could function normally,” Mr. Haney said. That puts them out on the street far more frequently.” It also means that the drug is still profitable for dealers even if a lot of clients die, because clients use much more of it overall. There is no safe amount of fentanyl, and unlike with heroin, no long-term users.


Except, when Carr begins to fact-check his addicted past, he learns that it was he who brandished the gun in a fit of rage. This collection of 10 books, spanning memoirs and studies of addiction, offers both excruciating stories from the very trenches of addiction and the hope you need to push toward sobriety. They can transform the way you think about addiction, bust stigma, give you actionable advice to apply to your recovery, and make you feel less alone.

  • Often, we hear the stories of people with addiction being redeemed by their children — but this is not that kind of story, which is precisely why we love it.
  • Her first memoir is an inside look at her famous parents’ marriage and her own tumultuous love affairs (including her on-again, off-again relationship with Paul Simon).
  • In this tale of self-loathing and self-sabotage, readers can follow Marnell as she battles her inner demons and falls down further into despair — yet eventually making it through to the other side.

This is the book for you if you’re looking for masterful prose. It is also the book for you if you consider faith to be a necessary piece for the puzzle that addiction recovery entails. This is a story of faith and love through the journey of recovery, more than just a tale from alcoholism to sobriety. What happens when an ambitious young woman is keeping a secret of addiction? High-profile writer Cat Marnell answers the question in the gripping memoir of her life as she battles bulimia on top of an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs.

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

Cynnie vows she’ll never be an alcoholic–-she’s sees the damage alcohol can cause in her mother every day. The stress of being the real adult of the house gets to be tough, though and Cynnie has an idea about what might numb the pain. A pregnant, drug-addicted teenager check herself into rehab in hopes of giving her child a life different from her own. Haley, a senior best books about alcoholism in high school,  struggles to help her Iraq War Vet father with his severe PTSD and substance abuse issues. This hilarious and moving memoir recounts Johnson’s rise to fame in the television show 3rd Rock From the Sun, her addiction, medical challenges, and recovery. Years before I got sober, Caroline Knapp pulled me into this book with her gorgeous prose.

The memoir was pulled from distribution and will be reissued with appropriate changes. Here is Mark’s life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition.

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But she ultimately forges a path ahead to find a new life worth living. This book will resonate with those who’ve had a tough time at rock bottom. Although the details of our addiction and recovery stories may be different, the core of our experiences is often the same. Identifying with others who have been through the hell of addiction and made it to the other side can provide a cathartic sense of relief, providing both hope and the opportunity to feel seen and perhaps a little less alone. A completely inexperienced hiker decides to take on the Pacific Crest Trail — 2,653 miles from the Mojave Desert up trough Washington State — in the wake of losing her mother and her marriage. Cheryl Strayed’s story is incredible on its own, but add in her impeccable writing, and Wild is a true winner.

For Caroline Knapp, as it is for many, alcohol was the protective friend that allowed her to get through life. Her protector became her lover and this is the memoir of their twenty-years-long destructive relationship. With beautiful prose, Miller’s memoir is about recovering from a lifetime of difficult relationships and a home situation that seems desperate at times. Still, there is redemption at the end of the road as she details a complicated yet loving relationship with her parents, despite the odds. In this essay collection, Coulter writes with wit about a life in transition — and what happens when you suddenly look up and realize that maybe everyone else isn’t quite doing things the right way. Augusten Burroughs was 12 when his poet mother sent him to live with her psychiatrist.