Writing transformation

Using addiction recovery memoirs toward personal and social change


Exploring the currently popular “recovery memoir” as a contemporary form of confessional spir-itual literature, this paper considers how memoirists use their writing as a practice of healing and recovery. For some, the memoir’s narration of spiritual transformation from the ravages of addic-tion to recovery functions as a story of inner transformation and personal integration in which the primary focus is on the spiritual re-forming of the person. A newer category of recovery memoirs seeks to bring about social reforms by fostering changes in societal understandings of addictions and those suffering from them. Together these advance practical theological perspec-tives on addiction and recovery.