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

This book is for the hidden victims of addiction--families. For families of addicts, feeling of fear, shame, confusion over a loved one's addiction can cause deep anxiety, sleepless nights, and even physical illness. And the emotional distress family members suffer is often compounded by the belief that they somehow caused or contributed to their loved one's addiction--or that they could have done something to prevent it. As the heart-wrenching personal stories in this book reveal, family members do not cause their loved one's addiction. Nor can they control of cure addiction.

book cover - Beautiful Boy: A Father\'s Journey through His Son\'s AddictionBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction
David Sheff

Written by a journalist who lived through his son’s addiction to crystal meth, Sheff writes in a powerful way about addiction as a disease that must be treated as a disease. The book provides hope that recovery is possible to both those addicted and to their families.

Enough Already!: A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol And Drug AddictionEnough Already!: A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol And Drug Addiction
Bob Tyler

Enough Already! is an easy read that educates alcoholics and addicts on precisely what to do to get and stay sober. After learning about the disease of alcoholism/addiction and time-tested tools of recovery, the reader is introduced to relapse prevention strategies, the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step programs, and coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions that often lead to drug and alcohol use. This is followed by specific instructions on how to get started in recovery and a final inspiring chapter entitled "The Miracle."

Reclaim Your Family From Addiction: How Couples and Families Recover Love and MeaningReclaim Your Family From Addiction: How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning
Craig Nakken

What happens to the "we" of a family when one member opts for the blind and single-minded "me" of addiction? In an instructive, reassuring way, Craig Nakken explains just how families and couples who have spent years building a life together can lose their cohesive identity and meaning in the wake of addiction. The perfect starting point in the healing process, this book also reminds us that recovery is possible--for individuals, couples, and whole families--if only we know what to do.

Seeds of Sobriety Book CoverSeeds of Sobriety
Liz Purcell

Written by a member of Secular Organizations for Sobriety and a recovering alcoholic, this non-12-step book provides practical daily readings and recovery support to help people prioritize sobriety each day. It gives guidance on coping with different issues without drinking or using drugs.

The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue: Turning Your Upside Down World Right Side UpThe Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue: Turning Your Upside Down World Right Side Up
Deb Scott

This book is very inspirational and yet practical. It is full of clear help on how to combat persistent negative thinking and includes a motivational narrative about the help of 12-Step programs, prayer, professional guidance and volunteering. The motivation supplied by the text is augmented by helpful exercises.

Many books cover these same topics but this one is especially useful and uplifting.

Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister and Not Lose YourselfSober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister and Not Lose Yourself
Patricia Olsen and Petros Levounis, MD, MA

An insightful and empowering guide to supporting siblings that are in all stages of alcoholism or recovery.

NUTRITION, SUPPLEMENTS, HERBS

End Your Addiction Now: The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You FreeEnd Your Addiction Now: The Proven Nutritional Supplement Program That Can Set You Free
Charles Gant, M.D. and Greg Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Gant presents his three-stage recovery program to reduce or eliminate addictions through nutritional supplements that restore the proper balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. The program can help to reduce or eliminate drug and alcohol cravings, detoxify with an over-the-counter remedy that helps cleanse the body, and correct secondary nutritional imbalances to ensure long-term results. Questionnaires help readers identify which appropriate supplements will help them regain control of their lives.

Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-BodyTechniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time.Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-BodyTechniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time.
Hyla Cass, MD and Patrick Holford

The authors, a psychiatrist and nutritional expert, advocate using a balanced diet and natural supplements/herbs such as kava, ginseng, choline, and DMAE to improve ones vitality, focus and state of mind. These natural alternatives act as stress busters, energizers, and mood enhancers without the consequences of addiction to substances such as caffeine, sugar, nicotine, alcohol, or drugs. The positive effects, rare cautions, and recommended dosages associated with each item are detailed. Other helpful mind/body lifestyle practices like meditation, massage, dance and aromatherapy are also described.

Seven Weeks To Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism Through NutritionSeven Weeks To Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism Through Nutrition
Joan Mathew Larson Ph.D.

Focusing on alcoholism as a disease, Joan Mathews Larson and her colleagues at the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota discovered a series of nutritional deficiencies in alcoholics. The book presents their seven-week program to break alcohol addiction and end cravings.

PERSONAL STORIES, BIOGRAPHY

Addicted Like MeAddicted Like Me
Karen Franklin and Lauren King

This resource for any family dealing with addiction issues tells the shared story from two perspectives of a mother and daughter recovering from addiction. It provides recovery tools and healing strategies that offer hope and guidance to those involved in the recovery process.

Broken: My Story of Addiction and RedemptionBroken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
William Cope Moyers and Katherine Ketcham

William Cope Moyers has come a long, long way. In 1994, he lay on the floor of an Atlanta crack house. His father had put together a search party. His worried family waited at home where Moyers had left them when he embarked on yet another binge. From that lowly, drug-hazed night, Moyers went on to become an executive at the Hazelden Foundation and travels far and wide to talk about addiction and treatment.

Broken tells the story of what happened between then and now from growing up the privileged son of Bill Moyers to his descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, his numerous stabs at getting clean, his many relapses, and how he managed to survive.

Climbing Mountains Book CoverClimbing Mountains: Inspiring stories about substance misuse recovery in Nottingham
Edited by Paula Torres-Silva, Celandor Books 2011

Produced by the Climbing Mountains Literature Project, this e-book is a collection of unique and inspiring stories about substance misuse recovery in Nottingham, UK. The book gives a voice to those in recovery. The stories are written by recovering addicts at different stages of recovery and describe their life changing experiences throughout the process. It is available on Amazon or at www.celandor.co.uk

The Dopeless Hope Fiend: Veteran Police Officer Becomes Homeless Drug Addict Before Finding Redemption After Near Death ExperienceThe Dopeless Hope Fiend: Veteran Police Officer Becomes Homeless Drug Addict Before Finding Redemption After Near Death Experience
Michael CharlesGivens

Michael Givens chronicles his journey from addiction to sobriety. The story covers his descent into drug abuse and the devastation it brings to his life. It is also about redemption and life after drugs. Givens uses his experiences to offer hope to those caught in the cycle of addiction by reducing the process of addiction and recovery down to its elements. This book inspires and challenges addicts to consider the possibility of living a clean and sober life.

The First 30 Days to Serenity: The Essential Guide to Staying Sober Book CoverThe First 30 Days to Serenity: The Essential Guide to Staying Sober
Super Star

An honest day to day recounting of the first 30 days of recovery from addiction to drugs. Maintaining sobriety during this time is often on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour, or minute-to-minute basis. For the addict, this is a time of cravings and raw emotions that they have previously avoided or ignored. This book describes the struggles, challenges, hope and encouragement that are part of the early process of recovery.

I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction)I Am Your Disease (The Many Faces of Addiction)
Sheryl Letzgus Mcginnis and Heiko Ganzer

This book chronicles the life of many people addicted to various substances who died despite their best efforts and that of their families. The authors understand that addiction is an illness that can happen to anyone and sometimes its so malignant that all current treatment fails.This book is a solace to parents who have lost a child to addiction but also potentially very helpful to parents whose children are living addicts and tempted to quit their efforts to help the child. It may also be helpful in boosting the resolve of addicts and diminishing their guilt about not being able to stop... so far.

i want my life back book coverI Want My Life Back
Steve Hamilton

This well written book is a 'page turner' about the life and struggles of a seriously addicted man. A must-read for understanding how Hamilton's depiction of the incurable nature of addiction can surprisingly motivate and inspire all addicts.

Let Her GoLet Her Go - The Story of my Daughter's Addiction & How I Found Serenity [eBook]
Donna Smith

Donna Smith not only lost her young husband to a tragic death, she spent decades trying to help and save her only child from an addict/alcoholic lifestyle and stood by helplessly as her daughter contracted one deadly disease after another from sharing needles and having unprotected sex. Yet Donna managed to find serenity through it all and despite it all. Donna's story is full of hope, encouragement and useful tools for anyone who wishes to find peace amidst turmoil and uncertainty.

The Long Run book coverThe Long Run
Mishka Shubaly

A well-written personal account of how the author discovered that long distance running was more effective than alcohol or drugs in coping with self loathing, deep anxiety and one's inner demons.

My Name Is BillMy Name Is Bill
Susan Cheever

In this thoroughly researched and groundbreaking biography of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Cheever creates a remarkably human portrait of a man whose life and work both influenced and saved the lives of millions of people. Drawn from personal letters and diaries, records in a variety of archives, and hundreds of interviews, this definitive biography is the first fully documented account of Bill Wilson's life story.

There is No Hero in Heroin – Book CoverThere is No Hero in Heroin
Jan Nargi

This story is written by Jan Nargi, a single mother of two and a registered nurse, and her son Tommy who is a heroin addict. It describes his life of chasing the high and her life of chasing after him. They hope their collaboration will offer help and encouragement to others struggling with addiction. This story is factual, graphic and real.

Union Square: The Scared Straight of Heroin AddictionUnion Square: The "Scared Straight" of Heroin Addiction

UNION SQUARE explores the world of seven homeless heroin addicts that live in Union Square Park in New York City. The individuals allowed the film-makers to follow and capture their trials and tribulations while living and hustling on the streets of New York City.

Walking Like A DuckWalking Like A Duck
Patricia Thulin Holloran

On June 28, 1996, Pat Holloran’s life changed suddenly and forever when Drug Control confronted her for the theft of narcotics from the hospital where she worked.

Pat was working full time on the night shift and taking care of her three children, her husband, and her severely disabled father. Stadol, a narcotic ten times stronger than Morphine, was her drug of choice. She started taking it to help her sleep. She kept taking it because she could not stop.

Walking Like a Duck reveals the agony of enduring a punitive disciplinary process to preserve her nursing license; how it impacted her sanity and her career, and how her secrets and lies traumatized her marriage of over twenty years.

PSYCHOLOGY, PERSONALITY

21 Days to Stop Smoking21 Days to Stop Smoking
Dr. Dee Burton

Dee Burton, Ph.D., is a psychologist who has counseled hundreds of men and women on stopping smoking. She developed the American Cancer Society’s FreshStart quit-smoking program and was part of the development team for the American Lung Association’s original Freedom From Smoking program. Her work currently focuses on approaches to help those most vulnerable to the effects of tobacco to stop smoking. Each chapter of this book gives you strategies to help you deal with the kinds of experiences you may be having on that day and in the future to help you succeed with as little discomfort as possible.

Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive BehaviorAddictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior
Craig Nakken

Craig nakken presents the most recent information on how an individual becomes an addict-including cultural influences and genetic factors-as he examines addiction's causes, stages of development, and consequences.

Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-DeceptionAddictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception
Abraham J. Twerski

Using vivid examples and case studies, the author exposes the irrational and contradictory patterns of addictive thinking, and shows how to overcome them and the barriers they create; low self-esteem and relapse.

book cover - Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America\'s Greatest TragedyClean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy
David Sheff

Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy, is based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it.

Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and BalanceEmotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance
Tian Dayton, PhD

Written by a clinical psychologist, this book provides new perspectives on how to gain back emotional stability after growing up with the trauma of addiction, abuse, and dysfunction. Dr. Dayton explains the latest research in neuropsychology and the role trauma plays on chemically altering the brain. The book teaches you how to rewire your brain to undo the negative effects trauma has on all aspects of life. As noted by Joseph R. Cruse, MD, Founding Medical Director, Betty Ford Center, "We all need to learn how to live with greater maturity and balance. In this book, Tian Dayton shows us how."

First Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is EverythingFirst Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is Everything
Guy Kettelhack

The first in a series of three recovery guides for the first three years of sobriety, First-Year Sobriety uses the voices of many women and men who are struggling in the often baffling territory of their first year of sobriety to show that despite their differing experiences, all are united in the process of giving life without alcohol or other drugs a chance.

book cover - In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionIn the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Gabor Mate, MD

A combination of patients’ stories, the author’s personal experience with addiction and Bhuddhist teachings, this book touches on the interplay among personal history, emotional and neurological development, brain chemistry, and drugs - and the health, social and criminal justice policies that help perpetuate addiction rather than rehabilitation.

Recovery 2-DayRecovery 2-Day
I.D. Powers

Recovery 2 Day developed two separate recovery approaches. The North Pass is a secular method of recovery while the South Pass is a non-secular religious approach. Both teach CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based on the idea that we can change the way we feel and act by changing the way we think) ,DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy which combines cognitive and behavioral therapy with Eastern mindfulness techniques), and REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, behavioral modification based on identifying one's perceptions, attitudes, or thoughts about outside things and determining if they are true or false). Both books address craving, disease education and recovery strategies, and only differ in their focus on either meditation to cope with emotions unearthed during self-evaluation and self-discovery or prayer and personal faith.

Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of BeliefThinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief
Eugene Moynihan and Richard Quis

This workbook written by a psychotherapist experienced in alcohol and drug recovery presents self-improvement techniques that combine journaling and goal-focused therapeutic approaches to help people make positive changes that are meaningful to them. It focuses on connecting with one's deepest desires and staying connected with them and focused on change. The concept and instructions are straightforward and the steps simple and practical. The book teaches clients in long term recovery how to use the power of writing to maintain sobriety. Eugene Moynihan, LCSW is a former NYC police officer who has worked with the police department for 10 years helping them cope with substance abuse and other mental health issues.

Under Construction: 25 Tools for Addicts in Recovery Book CoverUnder Construction: 25 Tools for Addicts in Recovery
Rick H.

This book is geared to helping addicts in all stages of recovery. It contains practical recovery tools to address the common negative tendencies of addictive personalities including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual characteristics of addiction. The tools describe the thinking patterns and suggests specific action steps and new patterns of healthier, sober thinking. It is available for sale (eBook as well) on the website above, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

SPIRITUAL APPROACHES

Book Cover: Eight Step RecoveryEight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction
Valerie Mason-John

Written by a writer in recovery and an addiction psychiatrist, this book is based on Buddhist teachings focusing on how the mind works, tools for helping the mind vulnerable to addiction, and ways to overcome addictive and obsessive behavior. It works on cultivating a calm, clear mind for the lifelong process of sobriety. It presents a spiritual path to recovery for people of any faith tradition as well as those who are not religious.

The Power to StopThe Power to Stop: any Out-of-Control Behavior in 30 Days: Stopping as a Path to Self-Love, Personal Power and Enlightenment
Karen Bentley

The Power to Stop is a very human and helpful 30-day do-it-yourself spiritual recovery training program that teaches you how to stop out-of-control addictive behaviors and substance abuse problems. It is based on the power of self-love which is learned through four practical stopping skills. The 30-day protocol uses exercises for the mind, spirit, heart and body each day. When all four skills are combined into a daily program, the intention to stop magnifies and each day builds on the previous day. The program is presented in a way that releases you from fears about your out-of-control behavior or your inability to stop yourself. Every habit or substance is a way to temporarily mask, distract or provide brief relief from a tense, unwanted feeling, a way to try to make yourself more comfortable or avoid emotional pain. This book will give you improved tools to deal with these feelings. The process of learning how to stop is the deeply calming practice of learning how to love yourself, accompanied by the awareness of yourself as a worthy, sacred being.

The Tao of SobrietyThe Tao of Sobriety
David Gregson and Jay S. Efran

Written by two longtime therapists, this self-help book is designed to work with or without 12-step programs. After a brief explanation of Taoism (a Chinese philosophy and religion), the authors present the Tao, a Chinese term meaning "the way," as an ideal vehicle for attaining and maintaining freedom from substance addiction. Containing anecdotes, exercises (meditations, questions to explore, affirmations) and real-life applications of Taoist precepts, this guide shows how to apply eastern philosophy to enhance recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

The Wisdom of the RoomsThe Wisdom of the Rooms
Michael Z

A collection of hundreds of sayings and quotes heard in 12-step meetings that impart practical wisdom on maintaining sobriety and developing your spiritual life. It acts as a guide on looking deeper and a daily support in the process.

The Zen of RecoveryThe Zen of Recovery
Mel Ash

Applying the principles of Zen to the Twelve Step philosophy of recovery, this book offers inspiration to achieve spiritual fulfillment and peace. Drawing from his lifetime of experience as an abused child, alcoholic, Zen student, and dharma teacher, Ash gives readers a solid grounding in the Twelve Steps and the Eightfold Path and shows their useful similarities for those in recovery.

TWELVE STEP

Alcoholics AnonymousAlcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease.

The Early Days of AAThe Early Days of AA

The mission of this site is to preserve the history of Alcoholics Anonymous through the Early Days recordings of Bill Wilson, Bob Smith and friends. The only remaining collection of actual reel-to-reel tapes has been remastered and digitally enhanced for the best quality sound and made available in a CD collection exclusively on this site. Samples of the talks are provided free online.

NA Text: Narcotics AnonymousNA Text: Narcotics Anonymous

First published in April 1983, this is NA’s primary text. Book One contains ten chapters explaining the NA Fellowship and their program of recovery.

Undrunk: A Skeptics Guide to AA, Book CoverUndrunk: A Skeptics Guide to AA
A.J. Adams

Written by a recovering alcoholic after his first year in AA, this down to earth book introduces anyone who "just doesn't get" Alcoholics Anonymous to the process and meaning of the work. Beginning with the story of his first AA meeting, he takes the mystery out of what goes on behind closed doors, dispelling misconceptions of AA as cultlike, secretive, or lowbrow. He then presents a history and introduction to AA, explaining the Steps, Traditions, terms, and sayings, with honest and often funny descriptions of his own struggles and eventual transformation within the program. Undrunk was written for reluctant newcomers and those who think they might have a problem with addiction.

Yoga and the Twelve-Step Path Book CoverYoga and the Twelve-Step Path
Hawk Kyczy

Written by a yoga teacher in recovery who is a certified Yoga of Recovery counselor, this book introduces readers to the concepts of yoga and how they intertwine with the 12-step recovery path. Recovery is more than just abstinence. Mental, spiritual and physical healing are needed as well. While the 12 steps address emotional and spiritual healing, there is not much specific direction for physical well-being. Yoga starts with the physical and takes you through the mental and emotional to the spiritual to unify the mind, body and spirit. It consists of peace-inducing breath practices, mind-calming meditation and tension-releasing physical poses. A dedicated yoga practice includes all the facets of the philosophy that enhances 12-step recovery from addiction.