10 Books to Read About Addiction and Recovery

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On the journey to recovery, you may need a little help. It could mean leaning on family members or friends. You could also seek professional advice from counselors and therapists.  And sometimes you can read books to get the motivation you need.

The authors of many of the books are people who have overcome addiction, and therefore understand the journey.  We will share with you ten great books you should consider reading.

1.Rewired:  A Bold Approach to Addiction and Recovery

The author of the book is Erica Spiegelman.   It is a popular book because she outlines easy-to-follow steps.  Erica encourages the addict to follow 12 principles, which include evolution, honesty, love, solitude, compassion, among others.

Erica understands the journey due to her fight with alcohol addiction.  She is a counselor and believes that by changing your attitude, you can overcome addiction.


Sarah Hoopla uses humor and wit to describe her downward spiral into alcoholism.  She gives vivid descriptions of the dark part of addiction by talking about waking up in stranger’s beds, loss of memory, among others.

You will laugh at her stories, but at the same time feel great sorrow for all she had to go through.  Eventually, you will celebrate her Triumph over the addiction.

3.The Naked Mind:  Control Alcohol

Annie Grace approaches drinking from the societal Aspect.  She explores the reasons why people drink and the impact of social conditioning.  The conclusion at the end of the book is that drinking is a waste of time.

It is an excellent book for anyone who is struggling to give up the drink, as it allows you to understand why you turn to alcohol.

4.Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman completely strip the life of a heroin addict and expose you to the depths of despair these people go through.  The book is about Anthony Kiedis, the frontman in the group Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  It lets you see how people will hold onto the drugs, even when everything that is happening around them should make them stop.

5.Spirit Junkie

Gabrielle Bernstein espouses the ability of an individual to make sensible or healthy choices.  For the addict, it encourages gratitude, compassion, and hopefulness as a way of staying sober.  With self-love, an addict will find peace and joy.

6.Integral Recovery

John Dupuy does a great job of making addicts understand how they got into addiction. It also looks at why some treatment methods may not work, options that work with recovery, and how to achieve lifelong sobriety. Take your time to read this book because it has quite a bit of content; it is, however, a great reference book.

7.Co-Dependent No More:  How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring For Yourself

Addiction and recovery take a toll on the individual and those close to him.   Co-dependent no more by Melody Beattie is an excellent resource for those living with addicts.  It advises how to get back from unhealthy relationships.

It is quite refreshing to find a book that genuinely seems to understand the impact of living with an addict.

8.The Gift of Imperfection; Let Go of Who You Think You Are Supposed To Be, and Embrace Who You Are

The title speaks for itself: no one is perfect and you don’t need to try to be. Brene Brown has a gem here;   everyone needs to read this book at least once in their lifetime.  It goes right to the main reason why some people turn to substance abuse, which is due to their feelings of inadequacy. It also shows you how to let go and be alright with being imperfect.

9.The Diet Cure

Julian Road explores the importance of proper nutrition when recovering from addiction.  Many addicts will neglect their overall health, and the diet is one of the first things to suffer.  She gives great tips on how to bring your body back to good health when on the path to recovery. You will get to understand your body, and how addiction throws it off sync.

10.Awakening Joy

Awakening joy gives you ten steps that will put you on the road to real happiness.  The book is a partnership between James Perez and Shoshana Alexander and addresses the importance of joy.  It will also teach you how to tap into it and why you need to incorporate happiness into your everyday living.

The book will help you remember the things that made you laugh with joy; whether it is singing in the shower, or dancing naked in the rain.  Anyone suffering from addiction sinks into a level of deep despair, and sometimes that joy is nowhere to be found.  Read this book and see if you can get it back.

 Final Thoughts

Many books deal with the topic of addiction and recovery.  We have shared with you ten books we feel will add value to your journey. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, contact us today! You shouldn’t be scared to reach out for help. It is nothing to be ashamed of. We’re waiting for you at Launch Centers.

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