The more that is understood about addiction and the process of recovery, the more great books get published. It can be hard to navigate your way through which books are most reliable, or best suit your particular situation. Whether you are going through the recovery process or standing by a family member or loved one who is, there are books for everyone. In an effort to assist you in understanding where to start your reading, here is a list of 10 of the best books on addiction recovery.
This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life (Volume 1) by Annie Grace
This book leaves the scare tactics behind, while discussing the neurological, psychological, cultural and social factors as to why one drinks. Annie Grace takes you on an intellectual journey, explaining how to regain your control over alcohol and how doing so will result in a happier, more fulfilled life.
Recover to Live by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Having lived a life where he suffered from addiction and has now been in recovery for more than 25 years, Christopher Kennedy Lawford brings all his experiences and knowledge inside the cover of this one book. Christopher Lawford draws from his 25 years of addiction recovery experience in this book dealing with the 7 most toxic compulsions (Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex). This book interviews over 100 of the world’s top experts in the field of addiction recovery.
Survivors of Addiction: Narratives of Recovery by Mary Addenbrooke
‘Survivors of Addiction’ draws on the first-hand experiences of 15 people who have suffered and recovered from addiction, giving an overview of how and why people become addicted. This book covers everything from how and why one becomes addicted, how to survive it, and what life is like post-addiction.
Hope Street by Amanda Andruzzi
If you find yourself living in a home with someone who suffers from addiction, Amanda Andruzzi’s tale will be something you will find yourself relating to. “Hope Street” is a powerful memoir that will help make you feel understood in your situation and let you know that you are not alone in everything you are going through as someone surrounded by addiction.
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
This best-selling memoir describes how David Sheff’s family dealt with watching their son go from being a charming, joyous, fun loving, athlete to a methamphetamine addicted who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. This story covers their emotional rollercoaster while attempting to find their son help, while still loving him when he seemed too far gone.
Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions by Russell Brand
Movie star and comedian Russell Brand tells his story and lends his advice and wisdom he gained through his journey of 14 years of recovery. This book mixes humor, honesty and compassion, while Brand discusses his full spectrum of addictions. Having been through numerous twelve-step programs and became a therapy regular. Brand perfectly articulates his experiences and the tools that help him get clean and stay there.
Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote
In this groundbreaking science-based guide, some of the most innovative minds in the world of addiction treatment in the United States, help those seeking a path to recovery overcome their addictions. “Beyond Addiction” also demonstrated how family and friends can use positive reinforcement, kindness, and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones who are on the path to recovery.
12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger
Recovery is susceptible to risks on a constant basis. In “12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery” Berger begins by discussing the twelve most commonly confronted beliefs and attitudes that can sabotage a recovery, but then provides the tools needed to work through these problems in everyday life. This guide offers a fresh new take on how the process of change within one’s self begins with self-awareness and commitment to a daily plan.
Opiate Addiction by Taite Adams
If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction to opiates, “Opiate Addiction” lends a powerful message filled with both useful information and hope for recovery. Taite Adams, who also suffered from addiction and has survived recovery, offers both the addict and their loved ones answers to a variety of questions surrounding this cruel drug. No matter where you sit on the spectrum of addiction “Opiate Addiction” can help you move closer to being free of this illness.
365 Ways to Have Fun Sober by Lisa M. Hann
Sitting by idly with nothing to do can be dangerous, especially when you are finding your way through addiction recovery. “365 Ways to have Fun Sober” offers fun suggestions for every free moment you may have through the year. This guide to filling your time with sober activities will get you moving and fill your day with exciting, enjoyable activities that do not need the assistance of drugs of alcohol.