Books For Recovering Addicts and Families

Chris Clancy

August 8, 2018

Knowledge is power. When struggling with addiction, arming yourself with knowledge from books will help you in every phase, from learning about the disease of addiction to searching for treatment to maintaining sobriety post-treatment.  The same can be said for the family members of addicts, who are most likely facing struggles of their own.

Books can provide a level of understanding about addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and provide comfort in a time of need.

Understanding Addiction

Addiction is complicated and often misunderstood. Whether you’re the one facing addiction or are researching on behalf of a loved one, understanding what addiction is and how it impacts the brain is hugely important.

Here are some books to help shed some light on the science behind addiction and the evidence-based practices:

The Thirteenth Step

Addiction in the Age of Brain Science. Real patients’ stories help the reader understand the brain’s chemical response to substances.

When the Servant Becomes the Master

This book attacks the myths about addiction and offers information on the most current scientific and popular literature regarding addiction.

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery

Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action. Recovery involves self-awareness and a total commitment on the part of the addict. In this book, the author reveals some beliefs and attitudes that can sabotage one’s recovery, and provides tools to work through these obstacles.

The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook

Understanding addiction is crucial in taking steps towards sobriety. Author Suzette Glasner-Edwards offers strategies for creating a successful recovery plan.

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

This book offers tips for maintaining mental health with such prevention strategies as cognitive therapy, stress management, and mindfulness exercises.

Books for Family Members of Addicts

Why Don’t They Just Quit? What Families and Friends Need to Know About Addiction and Recovery

As a family member or friend, you may be frustrated with someone’s self-destructive behavior, and wonder why they can’t just quit drugs or alcohol. Why do they continue to hurt themselves and those around them? You’ll find hope and inspiration here.

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

Sometimes it’s comforting to know you’re not alone, that others have witnessed a family member fall into addiction. This book offers hope through other fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of addicts.

Help at JourneyPure Paducah

If you have been seeing a loved one struggling with addictive behaviors and you’re not sure how to help, give us a call. Our admissions team is happy to talk to you about insurance, payment options, and what treatment would be best for your family member.