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Addiction is a disease of the brain that causes dependence upon or a persistent, compulsive need to use a habit-forming substance or an irresistible urge to engage in an activity, despite harmful consequences. Addictions are characterized by the increasing need for more of the substance or activity to obtain the same effect. Abstinence from the addiction may cause unpleasant or even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Sternberg, Barbara S., et al. "Addiction." The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, edited by Jacqueline L. Longe, 5th ed., Gale, 2015. Health & Wellness Resource Center, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/NZWCER048901136/HWRC?u=vol_h58hs&sid=HWRC&xid=f1e1cf3a. Accessed 7 Dec. 2018.
Biographies and Memoirs from Addicts
The Basketball Diaries by
Publication Date: 1987-07-07
A diary of the author's early teen years in the mid-1960s, telling how he progressed from sniffing glue to shooting heroin while playing basketball for Trinity High School in Manhattan.
Beautiful Boy by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Tying in to the release of the feature film starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, a timeless tale of addiction, healing, and family, with a new Afterword by the author.
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure." She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.
Publication Date: 2013-06-04
One of the bad boys of the 1986 World Series-winning Mets discusses his life, from his Atlanta childhood with his alcoholic womanizing father, through his baseball career, self-destructive drug binges and experience on Celebrity Rehab. 60,000 first printing
Publication Date: 1997-05-12
Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life.
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all.
Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by
Publication Date: 2018-02-26
One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs' life forever.. Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?
The Glass Castle by
Publication Date: 2006-01-17
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
Hey, Kiddo by
Publication Date: 2018-10-09
A powerful graphic memoir by the award-winning author of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute traces the author's unconventional coming of age with a drug-addict mother, an absent father and two lovingly opinionated grandparents.
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life. Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane.
A Million Little Pieces by
Publication Date: 2003-04-15
A memoir of drug and alcohol abuse and the rehabilitation experience examines addiction and recovery through the eyes of a man who had taken his addictions to deadly extremes, describing the battle to confront the consequences of his life.
The Night of the Gun by
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times.
A Piece of Cake by
Publication Date: 2007-04-10
There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty.
Publication Date: 2006-01-31
Eye-opening and utterly gripping, Koren Zailckas’s story is that of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics—yet—but who routinely use booze as a shortcut to courage and a stand-in for good judgment.
Publication Date: 2008-02-19
The author details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.
We All Fall Down by
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
Sheff writes candidly about stints at in-patient rehab facilities, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction.
The Dead Inside by
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Cyndy Ehler recounts her sixteen months living in a drug rehabilitation facility, after having run away at the age of fourteen.
Articles & Information
The Meth Epidemic
A "Frontline" report on the origins, history, and consequences of methamphetamine use and addiction in the U.S.
Expressions of Addiction
Expressions of Addiction is an exhibit of original photographic portraits that depict people in various stages and expressions of addiction. Each portrait includes a brief bio about the subject. These photographs are part of a photography exhibition that will help the public better understand addiction by reaching hundreds of thousands through gallery exhibitions, a television program, and Internet web sites.
Publication Date: 2018-08-07
Chronicles America's more than twenty-year struggle with opioid addiction, from the introduction of OxyContin in 1996, through the spread of addiction in distressed communities in Central Appalachia, to the current national crisis.
Publication Date: 2013-04-02
Combines personal stories and experiences with cutting edge research to describe a new way of treating substance addiction as well as accompanying mental illnesses.
How to Change Your Mind by
Publication Date: 2018-05-15
The best-selling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma presents a groundbreaking investigation into the medical and scientific revolution currently taking place in the field of psychedelic drugs, drawing on a range of experiences to trace the criminalization of such substances as LSD and psychedelic mushrooms and how they may offer treatment options for difficult health challenges.
Legalizing Marijuana by
Publication Date: 2016-08-01
With the increase in states legalizing marijuana, understanding the debate about marijuana is more important than ever. Learn about the movement to legalize, the arguments on each side, and what it means for patients, state economies, and legal systems. Examine issues including the history of the movement toward legalization in the United States, efforts toward legalization around the globe, the risks/benefits of marijuana use, how it works in the body, safety regulations, economic impact of legalization, problems surrounding patchwork legalization across the nation, and the dark side of marijuana: addiction.