Drugs and Addiction

This booklist was last updated on Friday, February 5, 2010.

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Go Ask Alice


Find it on our shelves: Reading List 301.47686 A

The classic work of a 15-year-old drug user who chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

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Playing with Fire : a Novel

Melody Carlson

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When her brother, Zach, completes rehab for his meth addiction, Samantha thinks life will finally return to normal. But when troubling prophetic dreams convince her that Zach has relapsed, will Samantha speak up and risk his liberty--or stay silent and endanger his life.

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A Million Little Pieces

James Frey

Find it on our shelves: 362.29092 F

When he entered a residential treatment center at the age of twenty-three, James Frey had destroyed his body and his mind almost beyond repair. He faced a stark choice: accept that he wasn't going to see twenty-four or step into the fallout of his smoking wreck of a life and take drastic action.

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Ellen Hopkins

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Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle for her mind, her soul -- her life.

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Leaving Dirty Jersey : a Crystal Meth Memoir

James Salant

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With his nickname, Dirty Jersey, tattooed on the inside of his left forearm, James Salant wanted everyone to know he was a tough guy. At the age of eighteen, after one too many run-ins with the cops for drug possession, he left his upper-middle-class home in Princeton, New Jersey, for a stint at a rehab facility in Riverside, California. Instead of getting clean, he spent his year there shooting crystal meth and living as a petty criminal among not-so-petty ones until a near psychotic episode (among other things) convinced him to clean up.

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Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamine

Nic Sheff

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Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

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Street Pharm

Allison van Diepen

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At only seventeen, Brooklyn resident Ty Johnson can already claim four years of experience in managing his incarcerated father’s drug business. However, the powerful forces of rival dealers, a new school, a new relationship and family ties combine to present Ty with a glimpse of a different future and a life altering decision.

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Paul Volponi

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Still reeling from seeing police shoot an unarmed drug dealing cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, 17 year old Clay, a drug addict, is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.