10 Best Recovery Books 2018
Six Powerful Books about Addiction and Recovery That Will Make You Feel Capable of Change
Can these books be separated into categories for recovering addicts and family members? Our short answer is, yes! For our long answer, keep reading… Books, movies, music and various art forms can do wonders to inform what we know about addiction and recovery. When counseling clients, we will frequently cite excerpts and recommend reading from books that present a particularly insightful or influential point of view. In recent years, a growing number of famous figures have authored books about their battles with addiction — seeking to help others who struggle to learn from their experience. Authors who successfully transition from addiction to long-term recovery often serve to inspire readers who identify with them. The best books on addiction teach us about the commonalities of the disease and the fact that a great number of people ultimately do recover.
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I started reading addiction memoirs in college, well before I admitted to having an alcohol use disorder. I think I subconsciously knew it, but was in total denial. These movies and books let me know I was not alone, that there were other people walking around who drank like I did. I distinctly remember reading my most favorite addiction memoir ever, Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp, at age I would only read the book secretly in my room, out of fear that someone would see me reading it. Little did I know that there was an answer, and it involved finally getting away from alcohol.
For this inaugural Book List post, I thought it best to start with the 13 books I think make up a great starting point in terms of building a holistic recovery. Below you will find books that will help you reframe your attitude about alcohol and addiction, build a holistic recovery map, understand the importance of purpose and creativity in recovery, build a yoga and meditation practice, get a grip on the addiction scene as a whole personally, societally , get familiar with the physiological effects of addiction, tap into a sustaining spiritual practice, work with your fears, tackle your shadow side, rebuild your brain, rebuild your body, support your recovery through basic nutritional practices, handle difficult relationships, find JOY, and hundreds of other things that have served me and countless others on this path. Recovery from addiction is not just a one and done - it is a life practice, a way of being, and because of that it requires us to explore the whole of our lives and existence. We cannot just find God and be done with it, or even just work a series of steps and call it a day. And so it is we must draw on a number of resources and teachings that span the spectrum of these things. Happy reading! This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol.