For many people, reading in general is therapeutic. It is a great habit to have. If this is a hobby you already enjoy and you are currently in recovery from alcohol and/or drug abuse there are many great books on the topic of recovery that you can benefit from.
Working on your recovery, as you may have already discovered, is a unique journey for everyone, you have to find the tools that are right for you and that can help you stay sober and keep you motivated to become the best version of yourself.
Having a support group is essential, and podcasts and books about recovery are another great way to learn more about addiction as an illness, to understand what true recovery involves, to find that extra motivation you need in the stories others share which also is a reminder that you are not alone and that it is possible to live a happy, fun and fulfilling life without alcohol and drugs.
Recovery Books Worth Reading
There are, however, so many options out there, so, we decided to give you a hand and put together this list of the top recovery books that are worth reading. Remember that if you feel you don’t have the time to read right now or if reading is not your forte you can always opt and audiobook, many of the ones we recommend here have the audiobook version.
We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life by Laura McKowen
What could possibly be “lucky” about addiction? Absolutely nothing, thought Laura McKowen when drinking brought her to her knees. As she puts it, she “kicked and screamed . . . wishing for something — anything — else” to be her issue. The people who got to drink normally, she thought, were so damn lucky.
But in the midst of early sobriety, when no longer able to anesthetize her pain and anxiety, she realized that she was actually the lucky one. Lucky to feel her feelings, live honestly, really be with her daughter, change her legacy. She recognized that “those of us who answer the invitation to wake up, whatever our invitation, are really the luckiest of all.”
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
We live in a world obsessed with drinking. We drink at baby showers and work events, brunch and book club, graduations and funerals. Yet no one ever questions alcohol’s ubiquity—in fact, the only thing ever questioned is why someone doesn’t drink. It is a qualifier for belonging and if you don’t imbibe, you are considered an anomaly. As a society, we are obsessed with health and wellness, yet we uphold alcohol as some kind of magic elixir, though it is anything but.
When Holly Whitaker decided to seek help after one too many benders, she embarked on a journey that led not only to her own sobriety, but revealed the insidious role alcohol plays in our society and in the lives of women in particular. What’s more, she could not ignore the ways that alcohol companies were targeting women, just as the tobacco industry had successfully done generations before.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves.
For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.
Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life- by Christine Hassler
“Whether you are facing a loss, going through a life transition, or want to learn how to stop setting so many expectations, this book gives you a treatment plan for how to process Expectation Hangovers on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual levels”.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
“New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.”
This Naked Mind by Annie Grace
“This book, without scare tactics, pain or rules, gives you freedom from alcohol. By addressing causes rather than symptoms it is a permanent solution rather than lifetime struggle. It removes the psychological dependence allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). Annie’s clarity, humor and unique ability to blend original research with riveting storytelling ensures you will thoroughly enjoy the process.”
Addicted to the Monkey Mind by JF Benoist
“In his book, J.F. Benoist—a visionary thought leader in the fields of addiction treatment and personal development—uses the journeys of two relatable characters to teach you how to develop a powerful new mindset and finally break the pattern of negative self-talk.”
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkings M.D.Ph.D
In this book Dr. Hawkings provides a mechanism for letting go of inner blocks to happiness, love, joy, success, health and ultimately, Enlightenment, this mechanism can be done in the midst of everyday life.
Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions by Russell Brand
Russell Brand is a well-known comedian and movie star who has struggled with addictions to heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay. He has been in recovery for 14 years and “speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction – from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.”
Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery by David Clark
“David Clark went from the rock bottom of bankruptcy, addiction, and obesity to becoming an accomplished athlete. In this compelling story of his life, he not only shares his journey with complete honesty, but he also lays out a blueprint for change that anyone can use to redefine what is possible.”
As you can see, there is no excuse. There are recovery books for every taste and preference, set aside thirty minutes or an hour everyday to read, if you enjoy and prefer the feel and smell of a book, or listen to an audiobook if you find this is more time effective and works best for you, you will soon see it is a habit you quickly come to enjoy and look forward too and it pays off in your personal growth.
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