There are certain books that I could read endlessly and addiction recovery books fall into that category. From the moment I entered into recovery I have been interested in addiction recovery books. I just love reading books that I can completely identify with…makes me feel like less of a loser and outcast.
There are a few addiction recovery books in particular that I figured I would talk about. They helped me and comforted me when I desperately needed it and maybe they could do the same for you. Although I do understand that different people have different tastes in writing I think that these particular books could speak to every addict out there. You know, you think “this guy is talking about me”.
A Beginners Guide
First year sobriety
In very early recovery we have a lot of needs. More than anything is the need to be able to identify with other addicts and to see that we truly are not alone. We need to be assured that what we are going through in early recovery is par for the course.
What I like about First Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is Everything is that it is not just some guy telling you what you are going to experience in early recovery. The author has interviewed actual recovering addicts and has given an account of their stories pertaining to early recovery. Basically you are reading what someone else is going through in early recovery. Being able to identify with these people makes it somehow easier.
This book covers early recovery issues like the first ninety days and all of the obstacles we deal with in that time, coping with having feelings again, managing your time while being sober, and dealing with “real life” stuff like family, love and work. Basically this book tackles all of those little situations that make up your life.
Figuring Out What Makes An Addict An Addict
Willpower’s Not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind
This book dispels the idea that if an addict wants to not use drugs all they need is willpower. Any addict knows that willpower, while very important in addiction recovery, only gets you so far.
What I like about this book is it delves into the different addictive personality traits and addictive belief symptoms that feed our addiction. What is also great is that this book is really about addiction as a whole and no so much about addictions to certain things. It would be appropriate for anyone from a drug addict to someone addicted to bad relationships. You really can’t go wrong with this book.
Let The Healing Begin
Healing the Addictive Mind: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Patterns and Relationships
When I talk in some of my posts about happiness and peace of mind coming from within rather than being based on external things…this is the book that opened my eyes to that.
If you can get over some corny terms like “love based thought systems” then you will find great benefit in this book. It delves deep into addictive thinking and deals with issues like “who we are versus who are ego tells us we are”. There is a section that gives you five questions to answer which if you are truly, truly honest while answering (not easy, took me a couple of times) it will really change the way you think of yourself. To me, this book is a must read.
A Book That Will Make You Feel Good
The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning
This is a book that gives me a good feeling inside and I often find myself smiling while reading it. I often read it before bed because it gives me such a positive end to my day.
There are some things in life that have no real definition yet if you experienced them, you know what they are. The best way to understand these types of things is through storytelling. If someone tried to give you the definition of what love is…it wouldn’t really come across. Yet if someone told you a story about love you would say: “that’s love”.
The Spirituality of Imperfection uses storytelling to deal with the subject of spirituality. These stories come closer to anything I’ve ever experienced at making you understand spirituality. When you are reading these stories you catch of glimpse of what it is.
This book is perfect for anyone in addiction recovery because it is based on the simple fact that no one is perfect and that is just the way it is. If we can truly accept the fact that we will never be perfect we will lead a much happier and healthier life.
Here is a quote that The Spirituality Of Imperfection displays on the first page – “Baseball teaches us, or has taught most of us, how to deal with failure. We learn at a very young age that failure is the norm in baseball and, precisely because we have failed, we hold in high regard those who fail less often – those who hit safely in one out of three chances and become star players. I also find it fascinating that baseball, alone in sport, considers errors to be part of the game, part of its rigorous truth.” – Francis T. Vincent, Jr., Commissioner of Baseball
Maybe you have read one or all of these addiction recovery books. If that is the case I would love to hear your thoughts on them. Please feel free to leave a comment, good or bad, about any of these addiction recovery books. Your input is encouraged and valued.