Recommended Recovery Books

Recommended Recovery Books: February was “I Love to Read” month! The theme for 2020 is “Books for a Better World’. In honour of I Love To Read Month, we will be shared books about recovery. Now that February is over, we’ve compiled all the books we shared throughout the month just for you! A better you makes a better world.


This engaging book makes the recommended recovery books list, designed specifically for men, explores masculinity through informative, inspirational meditations. Touchstones offers profound advice for life’s many changes and emphasizes the importance of recognizing the effects of common emotions such as anger, resentment & fear. Its striking insight supports any stage of recovery, but the daily readings in this book are not simply for a better recovery; they are for a better, more balanced life.  Click here to purchase online

 ‘Off The Ropes, My Story by Roland Vandal’.

Clean and sober for over a decade, Roland is now living a life he never dreamed possible. Filled with moments of humour, sorrow, despair, and triumph over adversity, Off the Ropes tells his story in the raw, from the abuse to his addictions, to his successes in business and as a motivational speaker and advocate. Click here to purchase online

Mindfulness and The Twelve Steps

People of diverse social & religious backgrounds have embraced the Buddhist philosophy of mindfulness to enrich their mental and spiritual lives. Told through her experience as a counsellor, a founding member of a 12-Steps & mindfulness group & a woman in recovery. Click here to purchase online

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Close Encounters with Addiction

Blending first-person accounts, riveting case studies, cutting-edge research and passionate argument, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction takes a panoramic yet highly intimate look at this widespread and perplexing human ailment. Dr. Gabor Maté presents an eloquent case that addiction – all addiction – is in fact a case of human development gone askew. Click here to order yours!

GEMS: Meditations on Alcoholism and Recovery.

Andy C, a long-time AA mentor, brings you these meditations on alcoholism and recovery. Click here to purchase online

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

This book is a memoir by David Sheff that describes how his family dealt with his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction. Click here to purchase online

High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips

Riveting, heart-wrenching, yet ultimately uplifting, Mackenzie Phillip’s story is an all-too-real testament to the power of drugs–but it’s also a story of courage, forgiveness, and true redemption. This recommended recovery book is a must-read. Click here to purchase online

Letting Go of Shame: Understanding How Shame Affects Your Life

This makes our list of recommended recovery books because this book helps to explain the emotion of shame and its impact on our self-image and relationships. The authors offer a way that we can personalize a plan of action to help build our self-esteem. Click here to purchase online

High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life

The memoir opens in the Florida women’s prison where she was incarcerated for 180 days. The memoir flashes back in time to the events that led to Tiffany’s imprisonment. Click here to purchase online

Drinking: A Love Story.

The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper-class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist. Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well-to-do parents pushed her toward anorexia and alcoholism. Click here to purchase online

‘Wasted’ by Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer.

In his breakout memoir, psychotherapist Michael Pond recounts a riveting battle with alcoholism. He loses his practice, his home, and his family and ends up destitute in a down-and-out recovery home populated by a cast of characters straight out of Dickens. Watch the trailer or order online here

An Act of Surrender by James C. Stimson

Through telling stories of his own addiction and recovery, as well as that of family members, friends, and clients, Jim Stimson describes what it takes to achieve recovery from addiction. Click here to purchase online

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 & a life of healing, hope & happiness. Click here to purchase online

Seven Secrets to Profit from Adversity by Joe Roberts

Seven Secrets to Profit from Adversity is the Rags to Riches story of the “Skidrow CEO” Joe Roberts. Walk with Joe through the mean streets of East Vancouver through addiction and homelessness to redemption and success in the business world.
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The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill W

Everyone can benefit from reading the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous whether they’re struggling with a substance use disorder or not.

As it says in the Big Book, “We, of AlcoholicsAnonymous, are more than 100 men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW THEY CAN RECOVER is the main purpose of this book.” Click here to purchase online

‘Reflecting on Recovery, An AA Life Lived’ by Tom G.

 ‘Reflecting on Recovery, An AA Life Lived’ by Tom G. and produced by Niakwa Books Inc. in Winnipeg. This is the amazing story of one man’s struggle with alcoholism. It includes the 12steps & much more. Click here to purchase online

You Can’t Make Me Angry by Dr. Paul O.

‘And acceptance is the answer to all my problems…’ A.A. members know of Dr. Paul’s wisdom through the often-quoted passage from his story in A.A.’s Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dr. Paul continues sharing his astute insight and gentle humour with discussions of the physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual aspects of sobriety. Click here to purchase online

Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age

Bill W. tells how AA started, how the Steps and Traditions evolved, and how the AA Fellowship grew and spread overseas. Click here to purchase online

Living Sober

Living Sober is an extremely informative book that does not offer a plan for getting #sober but does offer us sound advice about how to stay sober. As the book states, “Anyone can get sober; the trick is to live sober.” Click here to purchase online

Today A Better Way

‘Today A Better Way’ is Families Anonymous’ member-written daily “thought book.” Families Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship of people whose lives have been affected by a relative’s or friend’s use of mind-altering substances or related behavioural problems. The fellowship was founded in 1971 and has more than 400 groups in 13 countries.
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Twenty Four Hours A Day

This best-selling meditation book for those in recovery offers daily thoughts, meditations, and prayers for living a clean and #SoberLife. Click here to purchase online

Living Clean, The Journey Continues

This book, written by addicts for addicts, is a snapshot of our fellowship: addicts in recovery who have helped each other face life on its own terms, without the use of drugs, for consecutive days, months, years, and decades. Click here to purchase online

Drop The Rock …The Ripple Effect

Drop the Rock–The Ripple Effect explores “the ripple effect” that can be created by using Step 10 to practice Steps 6 and 7 every day to avoid picking up “the rock”—also known as #resentment, fear, and self-pity—again. Click here to purchase online

Each Day A New Beginning Daily Meditations For Women

Another of our recommended recovery books teaches us that each day holds its promise, and life’s journey begins anew. Let this book be your companion, lightening your burdens and heightening your joys with its daily offering of the gentle warmth and wise counsel of women travelling the same long winding road. Click here to purchase online

Reflecting on Relationships

This one makes the list of recommended recovery books written by Tom G. and produced by Niakwa Books Inc. Winnipeg is the 2nd edition of ‘Reflecting on Relationships. It examines several different types of relationships we encounter in recovery including the Sponsor/Sponsee relationship & more.

Do you have recommended Recovery Books? We would love to hear from you.