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


Sally Gillen

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Kathleen Adams


Healing, Writing, Prescription pills


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.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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