Winter is the perfect time of year to curl up with a book and relax. If you or a family member is struggling with addiction, it might be a good idea to pick up a few books on the topic. Here are the top seven books that we recommend to help with addiction recovery. These resources can be helpful after you finish substance abuse treatment, helping you maintain the mindset and focus needed to stay on track with your sobriety:
Powerless No Longer: Reprogramming Your Addictive Behavior
by Peter W. Soderman & Michael Werner
While many people feel powerless when suffering from addiction, it is possible to regain power and reshape your life again. Learn about the reward system in the brain and how patterns and behaviours can be shifted to overcome important aspects of addiction. It is possible to learn how to create the right circumstances to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain, without using addictive substances. Learning this strategy makes it possible to repeat the positive behaviour over and over again. The authors teach how to rewire the brain through neuroplasticity, forming new patterns and thought processes that keep you away from addiction.
Whether you are struggling with addiction or you love someone who is, it can be helpful to understand how co-dependency plays a role in the patterns of addiction. Shining light on co-dependency is the first step to breaking the trends so that you can improve the relationship and better support everyone involved.
365 Ways to Have Fun Sober
by Lisa M. Hann
Your social life doesn’t have to be boring when you are recovering from addiction. Often, people don’t know where to turn for fun because their previous friends and hobbies centered on substance use or abuse. Find new hobbies and activities so that you can stay busy and enjoy life. This strategy helps you prevents you from having too much idle time, which can lead you back to the addictive behaviour again. This book provides plenty of fun, unique ideas for everyday activities.
Awakening the Brain
by Charlotte A. Tomaino
Learning more about your brain can be a powerful way to stay strong when cravings surface. This book teaches the reader how to expand consciousness, helping to reduce stress and keep the mind focused on positive thoughts and ideas. One section of the reading discusses the topic of brain-body connection, which is a powerful topic for people to learn while overcoming addiction.
by David Sheff
If you are looking for a broad view of addiction and the way culture and environment have shaped addiction over the years, then Clean is a good option to read. The information creates a foundation to start learning about addiction and the current epidemic, with many resources and statistics to back up the claims.
In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts
by Gabor Mate
How much does trauma play a role in the development of addiction? Understanding the roots of the addiction can be an effective way to overcome these behaviours. One of the key messages in this book is the way trauma forms addiction and why that trauma continues to perpetuate the patterns through generations. This book also gives a big-picture view on the way society plays a role in addiction. It’s a good book to read if you are looking for insights on a personal and societal level.