Top 5 Books That Highlight Addiction Recovery


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If you’ve been trying to find healthy activities to propel you through your journey to recovery, reading is a great start. Books give us an opportunity to learn from others’ lived experiences and connect with people who have been where we’re at and have succeeded. Time Magazine also noted an important study that found deep reading was related to real-life capacity for empathizing with others – something that we can all benefit from. Here are a few good reads that you might enjoy:

  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas. A story that is like other young girls around the country who experienced binge drinking, this novel reveals the underlying emotional pain and suffering that Koren went through as she relied on heavy drinking to get her through. Koren also examines the numerous factors that led her to seeking help, ultimately ending her harmful cycle of binge drinking.
  • Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg. Clegg recounts the ups and downs of his recovery including relapses, confusion, self-realizations and moments of depression. For anyone going through recovery, this is a story to relate to.
  • The Couch of Willingness by Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer. This is the story of an addiction recovery professional who was led down the road of addiction himself after too much pressure. Those who are ready to learn more about addiction and seeking help will find this to be a delightful read.
  • Sober for Good by Anne M. Fletcher. Anne offers innovative solutions to addiction taken as advice from hundreds of men and women who have overcome their drinking problems. She goes over various recovery paths that are different but have worked for nearly everyone. In this book, you can be inspired to act and gain control back over your life.
  • Survivors of Addiction by Mary Addenbrooke. This novel provides a compelling glance into the “HOW’s” and “WHY’s” of addiction. She gathers narratives from 15 individuals in recovery to shed light on their experiences and lessons learned.

Books are a wonderful way to help reinforce the values you have set forth for yourself in recovery. They are a way for you to understand and make sense of what you’re going through. If you’re looking for inspirational and informative work, consider looking into these well-written books.

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