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Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

"I think what really got me was that it all started when he was so young. That, and the fact that I was madly in love with him in my teens and had NO idea how utterly messed up he was."

TrèsSugar Community member Dexaholic

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Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Both SS10Sne1 and dannysf recommend Beautiful Boy. In it a father chronicles his son's downward spiral into alcohol and drug abuse and, ultimately, meth addiction.

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A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard by James Frey

Despite having a little fiction mixed in, Skigurl loves James Frey's heartbreaking page-turners A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard.

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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

"I couldn't put Go Ask Alice down. I think I found it in the library when I was about 14."

TrèsSugar Community member exchequette

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More, Now, Again by Elizabeth Wurtzel

From the author of Prozac Nation comes the memoir More, Now, Again about an addiction to prescription pills. This Harvard grad shows that all the advantages in the world don't make addiction any easier.

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Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

For the chick-lit-on-drugs crowd, Skigurl recommends Rachel's Holiday. After overdosing on men, booze, and cocaine, protagonist Rachel leaves what's left of her New York life for a rock-star rehab clinic in Ireland, only to find there's nothing glamorous about it.

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Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins

"Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins were really good. I couldn't put them down. They were based on her own daughters addiction to crystal meth."

TrèsSugar Community member juicebox07

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Dry by Augusten Burroughs

"Dry by Augusten Burroughs — he wrote Running With Scissors, which really no one can relate to — but Dry is f*ing AWESOME. Poignant and funny, and scary and sweet and dark. Highly recommend."

TrèsSugar Community member sham28

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Tweak by Nic Sheff

SS10Sne1 recommends the memoir Tweak. Told from a meth addict's point of view, it's been called a "cautionary tale that makes you both want and fear crystal meth."

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The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll

Lilashleyxox recommends The Basketball Diaries. A classic coming-of-age tale with drugs, alcohol, and the streets of New York (when they were actually dirty) mixed in.

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