7 tips for writing a memoir about addiction (drug or alcohol or gambling)
“When you can stop you don’t want to, and when you want to stop, you can’t…”
― Luke Davies, Candy
Memoir writers are the custodians of memory. Each one of us should leave some sort of written record of our lives. It can be an informal family history, an oral history, or a formal history.
Some may ask, why write a memoir about your own or someone else’s addiction, be it drug and alcohol, gambling of whatever?
By writing the addiction memoir the writer helps themselves heal and reflect. The sharing of experiences can shine a light in the darkness of addiction for others who may be struggling as well.
I am an advocate for healing through writing, be it a memoir, journaling, scribbling notes on the back of an envelope or exercise book. Addiction memoir is currently very popular and there are subgroups such personal addiction stories, celebrity addiction, families of the addicted.
Louise DeSalvo in her excellent book, Writing As A Way of Healing. How telling our stories transforms our lives, stated that writing traumatic or distressing events in detail and exploring deep emotions and feelings improves health.