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RECOMMENDED READINGS ON SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS                                   Updated August 27, 2018

 

Memoirs

 

Broken - 

William C. Moyers

 

Moments of Clarity

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

 

Second Chances

Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill -

 

Guts

Kirsten Johnson

 

The Harder They Fall (celebrities)-

Stromberg and Merrill

 

The Joey Song

Sandra Swenson

(parent surviving son’s addiction)

 

From Addiction to Recovery

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith

 

Symptoms of Withdrawal

 Christopher Kennedy Lawford

 

An Addict in the Family

Beverly Conyers

 

We All Fall Down

Nic Sheff – 2011

 

Patrick MacAfee’s Afterward in Stay Close

by Libby Cataldi

 

The Interventionist

Joani Gammill

 

Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – 

Maggie C. Romero

A Common Struggle- (mental health and addiction)

Patrick J Kennedy

Secret No More-

Lisa Hillman

Sedated-

Britt Doyle

Tending Dandelions- Meditations for Mothers-

Sandy Swenson

The Only Life I Could Save

Katherine Ketcham

 

Understanding the disease and other health issues

 

Recovering My Kid –

Dr. Joseph Lee

 

Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You –

Charles Rubin

 

Clean

David Sheff

 

Now What –

William C. Moyers

 

Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction –

Lawford

Educational Videos

Included are educational videos, documentaries, and films about what addiction is, what recovery is, and information about harm reduction. Click the images to view.

The Anonymous People

This documentary discusses the history and stigmatization of the anonymity around recovery while following celebrities, survivors, and experts as they discuss Substance Use Disorder. Full documentary available on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes. Watch trailer here.

Addiction

A PBS and NOVA documentary about how opioid addiction affects the brain and how evidence-based treatment is saving lives. Watch here.

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Pleasure Unwoven

Dr. Kevin McCauley uses his personal experience as a doctor as well as scientific research to dig deeper into the question of "Is addiction a disease?" Full documentary available to purchase on Amazon. Watch trailer here.

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Prescription for Change

MTV teams up with multi-platinum artist and person in longterm recovery Macklemore to go inside America’s opioid epidemic, meeting those living with addiction and heading to Washington D.C. for an exclusive talk with former President Obama on this important issue. Watch documentary here.

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Transformation: the Alchemy of Harm Reduction

This hour long documentary shows harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges in action and their larger, positive effect on the community around them. Watch documentary here.

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TEDx Talk by Guy Felicella on Harm Reduction

Titled "I Died Six Times...Let's End the Stigma of Harm Reduction," Guy Felicella discusses his struggle with addiction and how harm reduction programs led him on the road to recovery. Watch video here.

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Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity -

Joani Gammill

 

Everything Changes-

Beverly Conyers

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover-

Peter R. Cohen

Not by Chance-

Tim R. Thayne

It Takes a Family-

Debra Jay

From Monsters to Miracles - Parent Driven Recovery Tools

Anette Edens

 

Good words for concerned persons to read / re-read while patient is getting help

 

Recovering My Kid

Dr. Joseph Lee

 

Everything Changes

Beverly Conyers

 

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover -

Peter R. Cohen

 

Not By Chance -

Tim R. Thayne

 

Positive Recovery Reading

 

What Addicts Know - 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone -

Lawford

 

GOD of Our Understanding-

Rabbi Shais Taub

The Language of Letting Go-

Melody Beattie

Codependent No More-

Melody Bettie