Books for Recovering Addicts and Families

Books For Recovering Addicts and Families

Friday, January 5, 2018 | By Chris Clancy

Top Books for Recovery

Knowledge is power. When struggling with addiction, arming yourself with knowledge by reading books about addiction will help you in every phase, from learning about the disease to searching for treatment to maintaining sobriety post-treatment. And the same can be said for the family members of addicts, who are most likely facing struggles of their own. Books can provide a level of understanding about addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and they can also provide comfort in a time of need.

Here are some helpful books on the subject of addiction recovery that garnered rave reviews on Amazon:

Understanding Addiction

Addiction is complicated and often misunderstood. Whether you’re the one facing addiction or are researching on behalf of a loved one, understanding what addiction is and how it impacts the brain is important when trying to conquer it. Here are some books to help shed some light on the science behind addiction and the evidence-based practices.

The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science

Real patients’ stories help the reader understand the brain’s chemical response to substances.

When the Servant Becomes the Master

This book attacks the myths and misinformation about addiction and offers information on the most current scientific and popular literature on addiction.

Addiction Recovery Topics

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action

Recovery involves self-awareness and a total commitment on the part of the addict. In this book, the author reveals some beliefs and attitudes that can sabotage one’s recovery and provides tools to working through these obstacles.

The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook

Understanding addiction is crucial in taking the step towards sobriety. Author Suzette Glasner-Edwards offers strategies for creating a successful recovery plan.

I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

An estimated 7.9 million adults have a co-occurring disorder that accompanies addiction. This book offers tips for overcoming anxiety, depression, and addiction with prevention strategies such as cognitive therapy, stress management, and mindfulness exercises.

Books for Family Members of Addicts

Why Don’t They Just Quit? What Families and Friends Need to Know About Addiction and Recovery

As a family member or friend, you may be frustrated with someone’s self-destructive behavior and wonder why they just can’t quit drugs or alcohol. Why do they continue to hurt themselves and those around them? You’ll find hope and inspiration as well as tips and strategies to dealing with your loved one’s addiction.

Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery

Sometimes it’s comforting to know you’re not alone—that others have witnessed a family member’s fall to addiction. This book offers hope through other fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of addicts.

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