Today, we are sharing eight of our favorite addiction recovery books. When we find awesome tools for our recovery, we want to shout it from the rooftops. In light of Book Lover’s Day, that is exactly what we are doing.
Whether you’re seasoned in the terms of recovery or if it’s a whole new realm for you, these eight books will shed some light on addiction and recovery. We hope you enjoy!
By Brene Brown
This one is not specifically about alcohol abuse and addiction. However, Daring Greatly touches on two concepts that are engrained in the foundation of any addiction: shame and vulnerability. It takes the reader through what vulnerability is. In addition, it goes into the uncertainty of it. Shame and vulnerability play a huge role in our relationships and the author lays it all out with elegance. If you are a Brene Brown fanatic, then you are already aware of her awesomeness. If you aren’t a fan – yet -now is the perfect time to give this one a read.
By Johann Hari
This New York Times Bestseller is a must read for anyone who is curious about the War on Drugs. Journalist, Johann Hari, set off on a three-year long quest to find out what people around the world know about drugs, addiction, and the drug war. What he reveals is really something. If you are a fan of his Ted Talk that went viral you will love this book. It provokes a conversation and a dialogue that we have been in dire need of. It really answers, how exactly did we get here? More importantly, where do we go from here?
By Sarah Hepola
Many addicts turn to drugs and alcohol abuse to self medicate, to forget. This memoir by journalist, Sarah Hepola, is the story of how alcohol became what she thought to be her key to creativity and an empowering tool in the wake of the timid, classy cocktail sipping ladies of decades long past. She dubbed alcohol “the gasoline of all adventure” in her life and thought she needed it for all the aforementioned reasons. But the price she paid was in the form of the minutes and hours that were consistently missing from her memory. This book will speak to those who have struggled with alcoholism and blackouts.
By Cheryl Strayed
After the death of her mother and divorcing her husband as a result of her substance abuse, Cheryl Strayed embarks on a solo adventure along the Pacific Coast Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. This book is powerful and life changing while at the same time relatable and sprinkled with humor. Strayed perfectly portrays what it’s like to find strength, recovery, and healing in an unconventional and unexpected way.
By William Cope Moyers
A celebrated New York Times Bestseller, Broken is a true-to-life memoir that takes you on a journey through Moyers’ addiction and recovery. Growing up, Moyers’ had it all and lacked for nothing. Good family, strong background, a financially comfortable upbringing – but despite this he battled with addiction to alcohol and drugs for five years. Compassionate and raw – it’s proof that the disease of addiction does not discriminate.
By Kate Holden
Real, honest, and beautifully written, In My Skin places the reader in the world of Kate Holden, an educated and well-loved young woman who one day decides to try heroin and falls into the disease of addiction, leading her to a life of prostitution. While a bit graphic at times, In My Skin is a compelling memoir that shines a light on the addicted and the lengths they will go to to feed their disease.
By Anthony Keidis
Frontman of one of the most successful bands in the world (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Anthony Keidis shares his compelling story of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in his memoir, Scar Tissue. The book follows his journey from being raised in the ‘60’s by a drug dealing father to the throes of adolescent fame, nights of debauchery, and in the end his full-blown account of his recovery.
By Nic Sheff
Nic Sheff shares his hopeful story of a young addict who is conflicted by his past, his family, his substance use, and ultimately by himself. He was an optimistic addict, thinking that he could quit anytime if he wanted to but it took a violent relapse to convince him that it wouldn’t be so simple. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines is a dark and moving must read.
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