Looking forward to overcoming an alcohol or drug addiction? Aside from medical treatment, the support of your family and friends is crucial to help you return to your routine life. It motivates you to stay away from substance abuse and can lead to a quicker recovery.
Reading a good book helps you make the most of your spare time and gain knowledge about topics of interest. It’s recommended to give these quality books on addiction a read: this way, you can learn about the challenges addicts face and how you can better deal with them.
We have compiled this brief list of addiction recovery books that have the power to motivate you to improve your lifestyle. They are as follows:
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
“The pain that comes from loving someone who’s in trouble can be profound.”
This excerpt from the popular addiction recovery book by Melody Beattie perfectly depicts the problems your loved ones have to face when you’re addicted to alcohol or drugs. It gives you the strength and encourages you need to overcome addiction and bring your life back on track.
The book is a must-read for addicts as well as their families. While it’s important to support a close friend, spouse or family member suffering from addiction, your life shouldn’t solely revolve around them. Keep in mind that your life is important, too.
This book guides people on how they can motivate an addict to overcome addiction without controlling them, and rather focus on their own happiness and well-being. With the help of personal reflections, life stories, self-assessments, and exercises, you can better avoid co-dependence.
Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story
Save Me from Myself is an inspiring autobiography of a famous American singer, songwriter, and musician who was also the guitarist and founding member of the band Korn. Brian Philip Welch, better known by his stage name, Head, was a controversial music artist who struggled with addiction.
Head almost ruined his career due to addiction, but he was able to save his life through his willpower. This book shares how the rock star life attracted him to drugs and the impacts of addiction. In his darkest time, he found God’s grace through faith.
Sharing the intimate details of the stage of life when he struggled with addiction, Head explains that he was unable to overcome addiction and even his daughter’s birth couldn’t bring him back to his routine life. However, he was able to find solace in religion and improve his life for good.
This book guides readers in the right direction and helps substance addicts understand that if others can overcome addiction, then nothing can stop them from becoming a better person. Let’s take a look at a short paragraph from this interesting book:
“It was time for God to do all the work, and it was time for me to be quiet. That’s what got me through those dark times. Because God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3), and he was right there with me the whole time. He taught me that the only thing I needed to do was be still and quiet while the pain surfaced, and then I could just cry it away.”
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand is another good read for people who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction.
The famous English actor and comedian struggled with addiction when he was at the peak of his career. In order to motivate others, he wrote a book on his own experiences and how he was able to recover from alcohol, drugs, sugar, and caffeine addiction in 14 years.
Russell Brand, in his book, says:
“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud…My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.”
Aside from sharing the stories of his life in a compassionate way, Brand also shares a comprehensive recovery program for addicts. Give this book a read and we assure you that it’ll keep you interested until the very end.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
The Washington Post reviewed The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison in the following words:
“Perceptive and generous-hearted . . . Uncompromising . . . Jamison is a writer of exacting grace.”
This amazing book makes readers understand that the path to recovery isn’t easy and it involves a plethora of hardships. However, there’s no denying that the journey is worth it. The book includes interviews by famous as well as some lesser-known figures, such as Jean Rhys, John Berryman, Billie Holiday, Denis Johnson, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, and George Cain, who also successfully overcame addiction.
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is a must-read for people of all ages due to the unique writing style of the author and the attention to detail. The story of addiction and recovery in America not only gives you the courage to improve your life, but it also motivates you to help others with addiction problems.
A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps
This book by Stephanie S. Covington brings a female perspective to the drug recovery process and highlights the challenges that female addicts face. It draws attention to cultural and social barriers and also compiles the inspiring stories of several women who struggled with addiction.
“Understanding trauma and that we each respond to it differently will help us be supportive and nonjudgmental toward each other.”
So, what are you waiting for? Give the aforementioned books a try and get inspired to overcome substance addiction. Arizona Addiction Recovery Center can provide additional support to both addicts and families during hard times, and we pride ourselves in including everyone in the recovery process. Families and loved ones suffer alongside an addict, and it’s important that everyone heals together. Reach out today for more information on our programs and services.
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