Sometimes, to learn more about your addiction (or a friend’s or family member’s), you need to look in the most unlikely places. For a moment, let’s put down those reputedly helpful “self-help” books and take a look at some classic stories that, despite having crude content and themes, can serve as Grade-A warning signs against drug abuse and addiction. After all, how many times will you remember that “white rabbit” bathtub scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or the callback to drug addiction during the Roaring 20s within The Man with the Golden Arm? Let’s take a look at some books about drugs which you should totally check out.
The Story of Junk by Linda Yablonksy (1997)
In this allegory of business and drugs, author Linda Yablonksy recreates the classic story of a pure-hearted hero-turned-drug addict. In The Story of Junk, we are introduced to a middle-class housewife who, through unfortunate circumstances, becomes a heroin dealer and, ultimately, an addict. In another strong twist, the story creates a grim scenario for the artist subculture, where heroin is allowed to thrive.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (1971)
We mentioned it in the prologue, and now here it is again. Written by the creator of gonzo journalism himself, Fear and Loathing takes us on a wild ride across the Mojave Desert and into the heart of Sin City. Along the nonlinear path of insanity, Thompson and his sidekick (fictional versions of themselves) take every drug except Tylenol.
Junkie by William S. Burroughs (1953)
As the title suggests, this book outlines the glory of being a drug addict and the rush of adrenaline and euphoria that accompanies highs, all in a positive manner. However, you can easily take this information as a subtle warning. Junkie is the first version of the “cut-up,” a disproportionate writing style which allows readers to peer into random, sporadic moments in the life of a hardcore user.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism
Alcoholism and drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
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