Skip to main content

R4R @ Rutgers: Reading for Recovery: YA R4R

R4R is a resource geared towards those interested in the use of bibliotherapy, i. e., guided reading, for substance use problems. It was created at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library in 2015-2016 with the help of an ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant.

Popular YA Titles for Recovery

Teens/Young Adults Book Lists on the Internet

FROM LIBRARIES

Substance Abuse: A Resource Guide For Young Adults (New York Public Library)
A list of resources and book suggestions to help teens to overcome addiction. Includes programs that are offered in New York and a list of iPhone apps beneficial for young adults in recovery.

Library Guides: Addiction/Disorders in teen Novels (Newton Free Library)
A list of recommended, award-winning titles on the theme of addiction/disorders with sections for both alcoholism and drug abuse. The drug abuse section is divided into books that deal with recovery, Native Americans & alcoholism, parental drinking, drunk driving, and teen drinking. The drug abuse section list is divided into nonfiction, steroids, and drug use.

Young Adult Resources on the Science of Addiction (University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute)
Info brief from July 2013 with a list of young adult resources for addiction: individual books, fiction and non-fiction; links to collections recommended for teens and young adults; a list of websites for reference information and resources, journal/magazine articles, and additional online literature; lists of and and links to online videos, data & statistics, feature films, and teaching aids.

Just Say No: Books on Substance Abuse (Mill Valley Public Library)
Online reading list of young adult books that deal with the issue of substance abuse.

FROM BOOKSTORES

Amazon- Teen & Young Adult: Personal Health: Drug & Alcohol Abuse
As of writing, this Amazon subcategory contains over 800 works of both fiction and nonfiction, including paperback, hardcover and kindle editions. Browsers can also view a list of bestsellers in this subcategory.

Barnes and Noble  - Teen Fiction: Substance Abuse
A Substance Abuse subsection under Teen Fiction on the Barnes & Noble website.

Alibris- Best Selling Children's Fiction> Social Issues> Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse Books
A list of children's books on substance abuse.

Powell's- Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse List
A list of young adult fiction about substance abuse from the famous Portland-based bookstore.

OTHER: LIBGUIDES, BLOGS

Bibliotherapy Books for Children and Young Adults (Auraria Library)
LibGuide for Bibliotherapy Books for Children and Young Adults from an academic library in Denver, CO. Two sections of this lib guide deal with drug abuse and alcoholism

Contemporary YA Fiction Featuring Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll (Edgy Stuff) Book List
A blog post by two librarians that provides a list of contemporary YA fiction on social issues facing teenagers, among which is substance abuse.