Books About…?

Question by yuhh: Books about…?
Leaving Dirty Jersey, A Million Little Pieces, know any other books about drug rehab?
I recently read the book Leaving Dirty Jersey and i enjoyed it. It was about a man recovering from a heroin addiction and i was wondering if anyone knew any other books like this?
thanks for any help you can offer. 🙂

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Answer by cassie
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Answer by gormenghast10014
“The Killing Jar” by Nicola Monaghan
“The thrills and horrors of life as a young drug dealer play out against a backdrop of suburban decay in Monaghan’s sharp-edged debut. The narrator, Kerrie-Ann, nicknamed “Kez,” lives in Nottingham public housing with her heroin-addicted mother. By the age of 10, Kez is working as a drug courier for her mother’s dealer boyfriend. By 13, she’s had an abortion and is dropping Ecstasy; when her mother leaves, she’s making enough money on her own to take care of her younger brother, Jon, and to save money for a better life. In the meantime, she shacks up with another dealer, Mark, whose tenderness transforms into violent possessiveness as his heroin addiction gets the better of him. Though Kez’s lifestyle involves her with crimes worse than dealing drugs, her principled discipline and vulnerability are what make the reader root for her.”

“Smack” by Melvin Burgess
“Like so many teenagers, Tar and Gemma are fed up with their parents. Tar’s family is alcoholic and abusive, and Gemma feels her home life is cramped by too many restrictions. The young, British couple runs away to Bristol in search of freedom, and finds it in the form of a “squat.” This vacant building is also occupied by two slightly older teens who share everything with Tar and Gemma (including their heroin habits). For a while, everything is parties and adventures, but slowly Tar and Gemma find themselves growing more and more dependent on the drug–whose strict mandates are even less forgiving than those of the parents they fled. As Gemma says, “You take more and more, and more often. Then you get sick of it and give up for a few days. And that’s the really nasty thing because then, when you’re clean, that’s when it works so well.”
With Smack, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize for Fiction, Melvin Burgess brilliantly sketches a gradual descent into drug addiction. There is no preaching here, just the artful revelation of cold, hard facts. Burgess’s use of the first-person voice–for not only the main characters but those in the background as well–brings you into the mind of every character in this homeless, hooked culture, offering a (sometimes terrible) glimpse of the motivations and transitions of each person. (Tar’s personality changes dramatically over the course of the book, from sweet-natured, lonely boy to hard-edged, hit-seeking addict.)”