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Five Books To Get You Or a Loved One Through Recovery

Not everyone likes to read – we understand that. However, there are some great books about recovery that should compel you to want to take it up again. After all, if you’re sitting in rehab or undergoing substance abuse treatment, you’ve probably got some free time and you could sure use some encouragement, right?

For friends or family of a recovering addict, the many great books about recovery offer you some insights into what a recovering addict will experience throughout the process and how you can help foster recovery.

Here Are Five Books About Recovery That Everyone Should Read


Living Sober

If you an get behind that statement as a fact, your eyes are probably wide open by now. That quote is the kind of thoughtful wisdom  Published anonymously in 2002, this book is full of tools and tricks for a healthy day-to-day living, it’s an important guide for the newly recovered—-and a reminder for the old timers who might need a refresher.

Living Sober is an extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober.

Living Sober is an extremely informative book which does not offer a plan for getting sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, “Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober.”

Available on Amazon for $12.



“Anyone can get sober. ..the trick is to live sober.”

Integral Recovery 

John Dupuy takes the reader through an understanding of how addiction takes root, and why traditional treatments sometimes fail. Most importantly, Dupuy providesIntegral Recovery an enlightening tutorial on how to recover from addiction and then how to thrive in your sober life. This book is for everyone who is suffering from the disease of addiction or who cares about someone who is: for addicts, their families and friends, and their health care providers. It is for those who are currently in recovery and looking for a way to shift their recovery into a higher gear–from just surviving and muddling through to becoming the absolute best version of themselves, from mere recovery to Integral Recovery.

Integral Recovery is the groundbreaking application of Integral Theory to addiction. It brings alcohol and drug treatment into the twenty-first century by combining the best of the treatment modalities of the past with the latest knowledge, techniques, and neurotechnologies in order to ensure a more holistic and lasting recovery.
In addition to providing an illuminating and inspiring map to the path of recovery, Integral Recovery teaches life-changing practices that initiate the addict on a journey of healing, transformation, and awakening, offering the possibility of a lifetime of health, joy, and sobriety.

Unlike some other books about recovery, this book talks about stages and spiritual dynamics, among other things. It is highly recommended by readers and by their accounts, it has helped them transition into a more focused approach to their recovery. It also “answers the questions as to why we became addicted in the first place,” according to one reader.

Available on Amazon for $22



Clean: Overcoming Addiction

There are few books about recovery that will make you want to underline passages – this one will. Get your markers out when you read this one; you’ll want to underline everything. Author David Sheff takes it all on, providing an enlightened view of addiction; why it happens to some people; the factors underscoring addiction in America; why treatment often fails, and other important considerations like what the war on drugs is all about.A myth-shattering look at drug abuse and addiction treatment, based on cutting-edge research

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it.

“A guide for those affected by addiction, but also a manifesto . . . for America as it confronts its drug problem. [Sheff] has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.” — New York Times Book Review
“As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN



Available on Amazon: $14



Recover To Live

Since its publication, this book by one of the Kennedy clan members has garnered a lot of good reviews. Christoper Kennedy- Lawford wrote this self-treatment guide as an excellent resource for anyone looking to understand general and specific conditions related to chemical and behavioral addictions. It also features conversations with the world’s to experts in addiction. As books about recover go, this one offers a good balance between the scientific research and private experiences in applying what researchers have to offer in the way of addiction treatment.

For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations.

For the first time, Recover to Live brings together all of the most effective self-care treatments for the seven most toxic compulsions affecting every culture on the planet today—alcohol dependence, drug dependence, eating disorders, gambling, hoarding, smoking, sex, and porn.

In Recover to Live, more than 100 of the world’s top experts interviewed by Lawford share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency, what treatments will work best for you, how best to help yourself or a loved one recover from addiction, and how to lead a fulfilling and productive life in recovery.

Available on Amazon for $13

Believable Hope

If you could condense the recovery process down into five comprehensive steps, what would they be? Author Michael Cartwright shares the 5 essential elements you need to tackle an addiction. Using his own story of addiction and recovery to illustrate his points, this pillar in the recovery industry has helped tens of thousands of people recover through the years.

Millions of people appear to be living normal lives yet they are secretly numbing their emotional pain with alcohol, drugs, food, and many other lifestyle addictions. The good news is that there is hope, and author Michael Cartwright knows this firsthand, both personally and professionally.

Like many books about recovery, the author speaks about his personal experiences. Hooked on drugs and alcohol as a teenager, Cartwright landed in a psychiatric hospital in a catatonic state in his early twenties. Despite completing the typical recovery programs and mandatory counseling, he continued in a downward spiral until he had an epiphany that would ultimately set him free. Once he was able to visualize what his life could be, he created an inward believable hope that his life could change for the better. By adjusting his mind-set and confronting not only his addictions, but his core emotional issues, he overcame his compulsions and became emotionally healthy and financially wealthy. He went on to establish multiple nationwide treatment centers that have helped thousands of people break the cycle of addiction.

In Believable Hope, he shares his personal struggles, his recovery process, and the 5-pronged approach that has caused dramatic transformation with clientele ranging from those living on the street to celebrities and everyone in-between. Believable Hope is a lifeline for people battling addiction, providing a fresh sense of hope for those who love them.

Available on Amazon for $12


Here’s a bonus read:


Not all books about recover offer a practical guide, but this one does – Melody Beattie walks her readers through three basic things:

  1. The 12 Steps and how each applies to your particular issues
  2. Specific exercises and activities to use both in group settings and on your own
  3. A directory of the wide range of programs for families in recovery

The New York Times bestselling books about recovery that offers advice on how to find and choose the recovery program for you, as well as a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs, including AA, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more.

Millions identified with Melody Beattie in Codependent No More and gained inspiration from her in Beyond Codependency. Now she’s back to help you discover how recovery programs work and to help you find the right one for you. Interpreting the famous Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps specifically for codependent issues for the very first time, this groundbreaking book combines Melody’s expertise with the experience of other people to:

• Explain each step and how you can apply it to your particular issues
• Offer specific exercises and activities to use both in group settings and on your own
• Provide a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs—including Al-Anon, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more

The uniquely warm and compassionate voice of Melody Beattie will inspire you to turn your life around—one step at a time.


“We may have felt alone, but we are not unique in our pain or our dilemma. Neither are we isolated in our solution.”


This book will renew and refresh your belief in the steps and their ability to facilitate recovery in anyone’s life.

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