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Books at your library

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Out Came the Sun - Mariel Hemingway; Ben Greenman
ISBN: 9781941393239
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America's most famous families: the Hemingways.

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A Common Struggle - Patrick J. Kennedy; Stephen Fried
ISBN: 9781628997880
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction.

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The Pink Elephant in the Middle of the Getto - TiTi Ladette
ISBN: 9780615942575
Publication Date: 2014-01-03
A journey through a life filled with hurt, pain, drugs, mental illness, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. It uncovers what most never want exposed. And, it gives anyone dealing with loved ones in darkness a different perspective. Despite her trials and tribulations, TiTi has managed to make a positive difference in her life, and the lives of others.

Helpful articles

These stories are provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  They are based on the experiences of real people whose names have been changed. There is an option to use ReadSpeaker to listen to the articles.


eBooks to download

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Heroin : a true story of drug addiction, hope, and triumph - Julie O'Toole
ISBN: 9781905379903
Publication Date: 2012
Julie grew up in the heart of Dublin's north inner city, in Sheriff Street. Living in this tough area, she was exposed to crime and drugs. She started using heroin when she was 16. By the time she was 18 she was a chronic addict. This story details how she spent the next four years living on the streets of Dublin; dealing drugs and stealing to feed her habit. Her life was saved by a chance encounter with a drugs counsellor who brought her to first to London, and then to America where she de-toxed and slowly began to rebuild her life.


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Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher (Read by)
ISBN: 9780743597173
Publication Date: 2009-02-17
Carrie Fisher reveals her turbulent life, from her superficial Hollywood upbringing to her addiction to alcohol.

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A Million Little Pieces - James Frey; Oliver Wyman (Read by)
ISBN: 1565117786
Publication Date: 2003-04-14
A memoir of substance 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. NOTE: Author has admitted that some parts of the biography/memoir were fictionalized.



The Life of an Opiate Addict




Videos at your library

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The last fix : an addict's passage from hell to hope
A compelling journey with convicted drug offenders who opt for a tough and pioneering drug court on the East End of Long Island rather than prison. Three stories tell of drug-ravaged addicts thrown a lifeline out of crime and jail into treatment and recovery. The film reveals an intimate look into wrecked lives and the staggering costs that lead to crimes of prostitution, robbery, and theft to pay street dealers. The documentary captures the drama of Dave, a 54- year old master plumber and father who lost his child and business and plummeted into a $3000 a week habit; Jacquie, a 45-year old world-class martial arts champion and mother whose career and family are torn apart; Matt, an 18-year old high school student with a promising art career who took to the streets and a life of crime. It shines a spotlight on alternative sentencing, a seismic shift in the criminal justice system that embraces treatment over punishment.

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The anonymous people
Documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Against a background of social stigma, addiction recovery advocates are organizing to end discrimination and move toward recovery-based solutions.
Audience Note: "Warning: film includes scenes of drug use and limited profanity. Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13."

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A gifted athlete from Fall River, Massachusetts, Chris Herren was a basketball legend before he left high school. After a troubled yet outstanding career at Fresno State, he would eventually fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to a devastating addiction that nearly killed him. Award-winning director Jonathan Hock chronicles this powerful story of Herren's fall, rise, and redemption.


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