Title

One Day Closer: An Assessment of Healing from Living with Pill Addiction through Writing

Author

Sally Gillen

Date of Award

6-3-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Kathleen Adams

Keywords

healing, writing, prescription pills

Abstract

The writing of a memoir can allow both authors and readers to heal. Research on writing and healing has demonstrated that expressive writing about challenging situations can help individuals heal, change, and grow. Tough situations, such as prescription pain pill addiction and co-dependency, are issues that can be addressed in a memoir. Although there are benefits to pain medication, many users become addicted to the substance and have inflicted catastrophic outcomes for both the addict and the family. Expressive and reflective writing, such as memoirs, can enable awareness, which plays an enormous role in the way addiction is addressed and dominated. This memoir is a stimulating account of a singular process that makes connections between addiction, co-dependency, and healing.

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