5 Motivational Books for People in Recovery

motivational books for people in recovery

5 Motivational Books for People in Recovery

Recovering from drug and alcohol misuse is a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, you learn to reflect on what contributed to your addiction and reshape yourself into the person you truly want to become.

Even amid all the positive changes you’ll see in yourself during your recovery process, it can still be a challenge to find inspiration sometimes. Though recovering is one of the best things you will ever do for yourself, it’s also one of the most difficult things you’ll undertake in your lifetime.  

If you find yourself at a low point and struggling to maintain motivation, it can be immensely helpful to consider all the people who have been where you are, and succeeded despite self-imposed obstacles or roadblocks others have thrown in their way. Here are our top five powerful books about addiction and recovery.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, by Sarah Hepola

Blackout is an unflinching memoir of a woman’s descent into alcoholism, and her subsequent odyssey back into a life of sobriety. Simultaneously poignant and funny, this book will be familiar territory to anyone who has ever lost time while intoxicated and struggled to piece their memories back together.

Scar Tissue, by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman

Kiedis, famous from his many years as the frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, writes about his years as a heroin addict in this unapologetically honest chronicle. This book is not only a tale of addiction, but of loss, as Kiedis discusses his ongoing grief about his best friend and Chili Peppers co-founder Hillel Slovak, who died of an overdose at age 26.

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, by Russell Brand

Actor and comedian Russell Brand details his spectrum of addictions – drugs, sex, caffeine and even fame – and what he has learned on his 15-year exploration of recovery. Having experienced firsthand how many forms addiction can take, Brand explains in a compassionate way that staying sober is an ongoing process recovering addicts must work on daily.

Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, by Maia Szalavitz

Part memoir, part scientific study, Unbroken Brain represents a challenge to the outdated notion that addicts are fundamentally “broken.” Instead, Szalavitz postulates, addiction is a type of learning disorder that often occurs in response to an extreme situation.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, by Adam Alter

Drugs, alcohol, food and caffeine aren’t the only things people develop addictions to. Alter’s thesis is that Americans are living in a “golden age” of behavioral addictions – whether those come in the form of social media, binge-watching television or working on our smartphones at home, unable to put down the devices that keep us constantly connected. For people in active recovery, Irresistible serves as a crucial reminder not to replace one addiction with another that may be equally harmful to your relationships and your mental health.

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