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September 18, 2021 | Library Staff

National Recovery Month

September 20th is National Addiction Professionals Day and is part of National Recovery Month. From Narcan to readings on harm reduction, McCracken County Public Library is glad to support our community’s health and wellbeing.  

Narcan Training and Pickup 

Narcan saves lives. We’ve partnered with Purchase District Health Department to provide a supply of the safe, effective and nonaddictive opioid antagonist, along with access to training on how and when to use it, right here at the Library. It’s available at the first floor information desk–with no stigma and no judgement–to anyone in the community who might be at risk of witnessing an opioid overdose. 

Library Materials 

Self Help, Trauma and Healing 

The Body Keeps the Score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. 

Unspoken Legacy by Claudia Black 

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma by Pete Walker 

The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernie Kurtz – Hoopla eAudiobook 

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D. – Overdrive eBook 

The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell 

Beyond Survival by Various Authors 

Substance Use Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients by Sandra C. Anderson 

Fundamentals of LGBT Substance Use Disorders by Michael Shelton 


Nothing Good Can Come From This by Kristi Coulter 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 

Qualification: A Graphic Memoir in Twelve Steps by David Heatley 

Strung out: one last hit and other lies that nearly killed me  by Erin Khar 

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas 

Addiction and Society 

Fighting For Space: how a group of drug users transformed one city’s struggle with addiction by Travis Lupick 

Rx Appalachia by Lesly-Marie Buer 

Dopesick : dealers, doctors, and the drug company that addicted America by Beth Macy 

Harm Reduction 

Special thanks to East Tennessee Harm Reduction for the title recommendations. 

The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession Along the Rio Grande by Angela Garcia 

Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction by Maia Szalavitz 

Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois 

Free Resources Available Online 

Harm Reduction Coalition resource center 

Grieving Overdose Zine: Your Grief Matters and So Do You 

This Naked Mind podcast 

Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders 

Free Download Here 

Smart Recovery 

Article: Anthony Bourdain’s Fight with Addiction and Apparent Suicide