Suggested Readings & Programs

A Memoir can be a useful tool in helping people make sense of their own journey with substances. One might feel validated or understood, perhaps not so alone in a struggle.

At the same time, another experience can be confusion or overwhelm. It can inadvertently invite comparing and contrasting one's own experience with the author. Memoirs often represent significant problems or extremes, and though a reader might relate to some components, they may believe that somehow, their problem isn't "significant enough" to be a "problem".

With all that in mind, we decided to add a section of memoirs. Many have been suggested by our clients and a few by our staff.

We pulled these titles together and hope you will read descriptions before deciding if any of these are right for you.


Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption by William Cope Moyers

Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch

Leave the Light On: A Memoir of Recovery and Self-Discovery by Jennifer Storm

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

The Liars' Club by Mary Karr

Lit by Mary Karr

Parched by Heather King

Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety by Sascha S. Scoblic

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp


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