Whether you are someone who experiences addiction and are on a fact-finding mission or have found recovery through an addiction treatment program, there is plenty of reading material about addiction available.

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is not a one-and-done event. Rather, it is a lifetime process that involves exploration and growth.

While addiction recovery is not something that can be achieved solely through reading books, the practice of immersing yourself in this type of literature is an excellent supplement to a well-rounded recovery program. If you are looking for some great addiction and sobriety reads, we have several recommendations for 2018.

Recommendations at a Glance

Russell Brand honestly and passionately writes about his addictions to heroin, alcohol, sex, food, fame, and even eBay. Brand believes that addiction has its root in some underlying pain and also shares the various tools and programs that help keep him sober.

Here are some of the comments of reviewers:

“If this book can help me, it can help anybody.” 

“Russell has hard-won advice to share, and I love his raw honesty and humor.” 

“…an excellent contemporary interpretation of the twelve steps of recovery.”

Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand

Based on the author’s work with people who experienced addiction on Vancouver’s skid row and his more than two decades as a medical doctor, Maté takes a more holistic approach to the field of addiction.

Instead of being just a distinct medical condition, addiction is viewed by the author as a product of a complex interplay among brain chemistry, emotional and neurological development, personal history and the drugs and behaviors related to addiction.

Reviewers say:

“As both a physician and an addict, I could not recommend a better work than this.”

“Very informative and I love his first-hand encounters.”

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté

The author approaches spirituality in addiction recovery in a unique way, and one that has helped many since this book has been published. Rohr discusses the value of embracing our brokenness, surrendering to a higher power, and then beginning the healing process in recovery. The author also illustrates how gospel principles can be applied to the 12 Steps of Recovery.

Reviewers say:

“This is the book that everyone should read. It offers many fresh ideas and offers growth in one’s own spirituality.”

“Powerful, personal, genuine in its message of hope! I hope this gentle healer named Richard never puts down his pen!” 

“This is an amazing book for those on a spiritual path, particularly through the Twelve Steps, who struggle to find the God of Their Understanding/Higher Power in the religious teachings and experiences they’ve encountered in life.”

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr

The Sober Diaries is a memoir written about a serious subject. Clare struggled to juggle her professional and family life, as her drinking accelerated and she spent her evenings wondering whether she was addicted to alcohol.

This story also covers the successes and shortcomings in Clare’s struggle to give up alcohol. If you experience an alcohol use disorder, this book may provide helpful tips in your journey toward recovery.

Here is what reviewers say:

“The writer takes a very serious subject and makes it interesting and at times funny. I can see myself in her and I recommend this book, if you have any concerns about your drinking habit.”

“I would recommend anyone who is concerned about their alcohol consumption to pick up this book and read.” 

The Sober Diaries: How one woman stopped drinking and started living by Clare Pooley

First published in 1986, this is a book that has helped many people better handle codependent thoughts and behaviors. Unfortunately, many do not realize that they abuse substances through frustration that others are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. This book offers a glimpse into the world of codependency that also charts a pathway to recovery.

Reviewers say:

“This book was a game-changer for me.” 

“This book has saved my life. I feel that it was written about me.” 

“Good for outlining traits and self-care.”

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie 

Now a major motion picture, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” is a father’s tale of his journey through his son’s drug addiction and subsequent steps to recovery. David’s son, Nic, was a charming and joyous young boy before becoming addicted to crystal meth. Sheff details the warning signs and denial that took place along this journey and tells how these events affected him as a father.

Reviewers say:

“If you’re an addict, if you have a child that is an addict, even if you’re neither, READ THIS BOOK.” 

“I would recommend this book to everyone but especially to those struggling with either side of addiction.” 

“I loved this book even though the subject matter is difficult. Honest writing, educational, well paced.”

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff

Treatment Aims to Help People Deal With Their Addictions

You may receive an introduction to some quality addiction and sobriety reads through alcohol and drug programs. The hope is that one of many of these books will peak your interest in living a sober life, prompting you to seek out more in the future.

If you or any of your loved ones experience an addiction, there is compassionate and qualified help available at The Recovery Village. Contact The Recovery Village now to speak with a representative about how treatment can help you better manage your substance use disorder.

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