The following are books for addiction recovery to help you embark on your recovery journey.
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Books For Addiction Recovery
1. Understanding Addiction: Know Science, No Stigma
By Charles Smith, Jason Hunt
In this book, doctors and experts in the field Chuck Smith and Jason Hunt point out that addiction is a disease, no less so than diabetes or heart disease, and it needs to be treated as such.
The authors discuss the science involved in substance abuse disorder as well as:
- Risk Factors
- Screening and Intervention
- Treatment Strategies
- Pros and Cons of AA
- Long-Term Success
2. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
By Gabor Maté
Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor, this #1 international bestseller, combines real-life stories with cutting-edge research to offer a holistic approach to understanding addiction—its origins, its place in society, and the importance of self-compassion in recovery.
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3. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
By Russell Brand
A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food, and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery.
4. Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change
By Jeffrey Foote
Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, Beyond Addiction goes beyond the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change.
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5. Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery
By Erica Spiegelman
Centered on the concept of self-actualization, Rewired will guide you towards not only physical sobriety, but a mental, emotional, and spiritual sobriety by learning to identify key principles within yourself, including authenticity, honesty, gratitude, and understanding a need for solitude.
Rewired addresses the whole self; just as addiction affects every part of one’s life, so too must its treatment.
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6. Never Enough: the neuroscience and experience of addiction
By Judith Grisel
Judith Grisel is a renowned behavioural neuroscientist and recovering addict who shares what she and other scientists have learned about addiction, enriched by captivating glimpses of her personal journey and offers crucial new insights into how we can solve the epidemic of abuse.
In Never Enough, Grisel reveals the unfortunate bottom line of all regular drug use: there is no such thing as a free lunch. All drugs act on the brain in a way that diminishes their enjoyable effects and creates unpleasant ones with repeated use.
7. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
By Maia Szalavitz
This book, challenges both the idea of the addict’s “broken brain” and the notion of a simple “addictive personality,” and offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective.
The author argues that addictions are learning disorders and shows how seeing the condition this way can untangle our current debates over treatment, prevention and policy.
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8. I Love You, More: Short Stories of Addiction, Recovery, and Loss From the Family’s Perspective
By Blake E. Cohen
I Love You More is meant to be an emotional education on the family systems affected by addiction using three, fictional short stories, all with very different endings.
The goal of this quick, easy-to-read, book is to be the conduit that allows you to enter the body and mind of a substance abuser and their family, to see the world through their eyes as they navigate their way through one of the most heart-breaking and gut-wrenching hardships they will ever face.
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Workbooks For Addiction Recovery
9. The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook
By Suzette Glasner-Edwards
This workbook offers integrative, seven-step program to help you finally overcome drug and alcohol addiction, once and for all.
Addiction expert Suzette Glasner-Edwards offers evidence-based techniques fusing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention to help you move past your addictive behaviors.
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10. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction
By Rebecca E. Williams , Julie S. Kraft
This powerful and compassionate workbook will help you identify the root of your addictive behaviors while providing healthy coping strategies to deal with the stress, anxiety, and depression that can come from experiencing a loss.
This workbook will help you:
- Determine the function your addiction is serving
- Develop healthy coping skills for dealing with loss
- Accept your thoughts and emotions
- Avoid addiction “triggers”
- Heal broken relationships and build a support system