By Devon Berkheiser, Psy.D.
Just as there are many different ways to recover, there are many different resources available to help in recovery. One great resource is books, and there are practically an unlimited number of options! From self-help books to autobiographical accounts, here are our picks for interesting and inspiring recovery-oriented books:
1. “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom,” by Rick Hanson
This book focuses on more than just addiction, exploring how readers can work toward greater overall well-being. It provides information about the core functions of the brain (regulating, learning, valuing), along with practical applications of neuroscience to everyday life.
2. “Her Best Kept Secret,” by Gabrielle Glaser
In this informative book, Glaser addresses the growing number of women who struggle with problematic alcohol use. She explores the roots of this problem and the unique issues that women face when seeking treatment.
3. “Scar Tissue,” by Anthony Kiedis
In this honest memoir, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers shares his struggles with addiction and his path to redemption.
4. “Sex, Drugs, Gambling, and Chocolate,” by A. Thomas Horvath
This practical workbook includes a variety of easy to use, practical tools for overcoming addictions. It also offers a recommended reading list to make you aware of other books that you might also enjoy. Written by our owner, it’s a Practical Recovery staple!
5. “Sober for Good,” by Anne Fletcher
An in-depth look at people who have overcome their drinking habits. Through interviews with 222 ex-drinkers, Ms. Fletcher is able to illustrate several alternative approaches to sobriety that don’t include AA.
6. “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” by Nic Sheff
In this autobiography, Sheff discusses the chaos that his addiction caused, and how he came to terms with his past to find a life of recovery.
7. “Wherever You Go, There You Are,” by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This self-help book has been popular for the past 20 years. It offers a compelling look into meditation and mindfulness, with the goals of helping you stay present in the moment. The author describes different meditative practices and the benefits that they offer.