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Best-selling books about recovery

Countless novels about recovery and addiction have become available to the recovering addict to support their journey. Port of Call hand picks some of the standout titles currently available on Amazon.

It is human nature for us to seek out common ground and shared experiences, particularly when we’re faced with adversity. It’s reassuring to know that someone else has been there, got the T-shirt, and reached recovery. If they can, surely so can you. Right?

Best books for people in recovery

So, here we hand pick some of the most popular titles currently in Amazon’s best-selling book charts:

10. 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action

To grow in recovery, we must grow up emotionally. This means getting honest with ourselves and facing up to the self-defeating thoughts and actions that put our sobriety at risk. This useful guide offers fresh perspectives on how the process of change begins with basic self-awareness and a commitment to working a daily program.

9. I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

This book contains a five-point plan for overcoming anxiety, depression, and addiction. Learn the symptoms, treatment, and relapse prevention strategies that will change your life. Learn new coping skills, such as cognitive therapy, stress management, and mindfulness along with step-by-step instructions on how to use them.

8. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

What had happened to my beautiful boy? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to crystal meth and tentative steps toward recovery. This fiercely candid memoir brings immediacy to the emotional roller-coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

7. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor, and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically re-envisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach and presents addiction as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society.

6. Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects – Steps Six and Seven

Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. This cast of character defects will undermine the best-laid plans for recovery from addiction. Based on the Twelve Step program, particularly the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery.

5. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Originally published in 1952, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions is the classic book used by AA members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which AA members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the AA way of life and the Traditions, by which AA maintains its unity.

4. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

What’s being widely regarded as “one of the most life changing books ever written” may be the simplest approach to achieving everything you’ve ever wanted, and faster than you ever thought possible. It’s time to WAKE UP to your full potential.

3. Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, 4th Edition

The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A and alcohol rehab. during the early years of the 21st century. Approximately 21 million copies of the first three editions of Alcoholics Anonymous have already been sold.

2. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests, Codependent No More is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency – charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness.

1. The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents (Hazelden Meditation Series)

Melody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency.

Happy reading! We hope you might find some solace, or great words of encouragement, from some of these books. If you’ve discovered other titles that have helped you along the way then please let us know by leaving a comment. We’d love to hear which books have had a positive influence on your recovery! 

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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