Rock Bottom: Addiction & Teens

A Booktalk by Michele Lefler- Media Coordinator at BCA

Booktalked Titles

Clean by Amy Reed. (2011). New York: Simon Pulse. (FIC REE)- Five teens find themselves sharing group therapy after they've landed in rehab. What happens when they are forced to share their darkest secrets with a group of strangers?


Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. (2005). New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. (FIC LYN)- Keir Sarafian is a good guy and good guys don't do bad things. But Gigi says he did. Can Keir dig through his memories and clear his name?


Frequently asked questions about alcohol abuse and binge drinking by H. Lily & D. Harmon. (2012). New York, NY: Rosen Pub. (613.81 LIL)- People who can drink a lot without getting sick are cool and can hold their alcohol. Did you know this is a myth? Read this book to find out what is a myth, fact, and where you can get help.


Dope sick by Walter Dean Myers. (2009). New York: HarperTeen/Amistad. (FIC MYE)-

Lil J is running after a drug deal gone bad. He's been accused of shooting a cop. He'll do anything to change the past, but is that even possible?


You know where to find me by Rachel Cohn. (2008). New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. (FIC COH)- 8 Mile is facing life alone after her best friend's suicide. Her lovely golden friend is gone and now the Ugly One is alone in the dark. Should she follow Laura's lead or can she find anyone who really cares?


Fallout by Ellen Hopkins. (2010). New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. (FIC HOP)-

How do you cope with life when your mom is a drug addict? Three teens who have nothing in common except their mother come face to face with her and each other. Will what happens be a fallout of its own?

Similar Titles

Blind sighted by Paul Moore. (2002). New York: Viking. (FIC MOO)- Kirk is short, without friends, and spends his time caring for his alcoholic mother. Things start to change when he's kicked out of Honors English - friends, sex, and a job reading to a blind woman. Can life change so easily?


Bottled up: A novel by Jaye Murray. (2003). New York: Dial Books. (FIC MUR)- Pip's been caught drinking, drugging, and skipping class. Will the Principal call his dad? Pip's terrified and hopes not because he will do anything to avoid his dad!


My brother's keeper by Patricia McCormick. (2005). New York: Hyperion. (FIC MCC)-

Toby's been struggling to keep the family together after his dad left and his mom's depression kicked in. But hiding his older brother, Jake's drug addiction is hard. Will Jake go too far? How can Toby keep it all together?


Runner. by Carl Deucker. (2005). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (FIC DEU)- Chance runs to escape his father's alcoholism. One day he's offered a job picking up packages. It's easy money. But Chance doesn't know who he's working for or what's in the packages. Is it illegal? Will he get caught?


The monster in me by Mette Ivie Harrison. (2003). New York: Holiday House. (FIC HAR)-

A drug addicted mother. Life in a foster home. The only thing that brings Natalie any sense of normalcy is running. Can you ever really be normal with this kind of drama?

Non-Book Resources

Above the Influence. (2014, February 11). Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://abovetheinfluence.com/ - This site is dedicated to helping teens resist the negative pressures in life and stand above the influence of peer pressure. The more you know the better you will be able to resist the urge to use drugs and alcohol.


Addiction freedom: The most powerful way to stop addiction and difficult habits, with Wendi [CD]. (2005). - Addiction is difficult to deal with. Can anything make it a little less stressful? According to this Clinical Hypnotherapist, the answer is yes! Hypnosis is not a cure for addiction, but it can help you understand your triggers.


Collision course: Teen addiction epidemic [DVD]. (2011). PBS. - Hear the stories of teen addicts from the addicts themselves. In this documentary, teen addicts, survivors, and their families discuss the dangers of addiction and how it affects the body and mind.


Pleasure unwoven: An explanation of the brain disease of addiction [DVD]. (2010). The Institute for Addiction Study. - The question about addiction is whether or not it is a disease. This video explores both sides of the issue. You will gain a better understanding of how the brain responds to addictive substances.


Teen addiction anonymous. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2015, from http://www.teenaddictionanonymous.com/ - Are you struggling with addiction? Do you want a program that was designed by teens for teens? Then Teen AA is for you. It's similar to Al-Anon and Narc-Anon, but deals with all types of addictions in a teen-friendly environment.