Literature

I have read all these books even the ones for the addicts I have found extremely helpful. Although I wouldn’t call myself a reader I wanted to educate myself and truly have found reading has given me hope and strength.

Recommended Books For the Person Suffering with Addiction

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Or Narcotics Anonymous Book-
  • Proven Holistic Treatment for addiction and chronic relapse by John J. Giordano, C.A.P.
  • Staying Sober: A guide for relapse prevention by Gorski and Miller
  • Young Sober & Free by Shelly Marshall
  • Counseling for Relapse Prevention by Gorski and Miller

Good Starter Books for learning about addiction and recovery:

  • An Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers ( Excellent introductory book to learn about addiction.)
  • I’ll Quit Tomorrow You may want to get two of these books.
  • Reclaim your family from Addiction by Craig Nakken “What happens to the “we” of a family when one member opts for the blind and single-minded “me” of addiction?” This perfect starting point in the healing process, this book also reminds us that recover is possible - for individuals, couples, and whole families- if only we know what to do.
  • Addictive Thinking- Understanding Self-Deception by Abraham Twerski, M.D.

More in-depth books about the disease of addicition...understanding addiction will help you to better understand recovery:

  • Addiction: why they can’t just stop?  from the HBO series. After a year of reading and researching about addiction and recovery this is the best book I have read. It truly helped me understand why addiction and recovery are so complex.
  • The Selfish Brain- Learning from Addiction by Dr. Robert L. Dupont Another great book for details on addiction and recovery. This book is a text book for addiction. If you really want to help some with their recovery you need to learn about addiction.
  • Terry Gorski - Excellent Literature: Addiction and Relapse Prevention

Parents:

The best book I have read is Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children- Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling by Allison Bottke View her website to find support groups, webcasts and other books (be sure to look on the left side of the website for other books she recommends many of which she refers to in her book). The people I have recommended this book to have said it has changed their lives. 

Another great book.... Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You- a guide for parents of drug and alcohol addicted children by Charles Rubin.

Great books- Personal stories that will bring hope to you and your family:

  • Just Love Her by Trina Hayes A mother’s journey of healing through her daughter’s drug addiction.
  • No Turning Back by Father Donald Callahan A truly inspiration and hopeful book.
  • Slaying the Addiction Monster by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis  “Slaying the addiction monster is the second book by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis. Inside this book you will find interviews with leading addiction researchers and read advice from parents to other parents about living with an addicted child. You’ll learn how to stage an Intervention and read the scientific evidence of why the Teen Brain is different from the mature brain. There is a chapter about the wrongful incarceration of nonviolent drug users.”  This is a very good book. Every parent should read and be vigil about where your child is at all times. Two points I learned: The sooner a person starts experimenting with drugs the more likely they are to become addicted and marijuana is truly the gateway drug.
  •  Broken by William Cope Moyers. “My story of addiction and redemption. We have to remember each time we speak out, we act as a beacon of hope.” Another good book written with a wealth of information about the struggles an addict go through on their recovery.
  •  Beautiful boy : a father's journey through his son's addiction by David Sheff. 
  •  TWEAK by Nic Sheff. Nic’s story of an addict’s life and the many facets of recovery.  These books allow the reader to both sides of addiction. David tells how Nic’s addiction affected the family particularly how his life got out of control when he tried to “help” his son. Nic’s autobiography helps a nonaddicted person see just how addiction takes over all aspects of a person’s life. I would recommend this book for the family but not necessarily for an addict. It would be difficult for me to read and setoff some triggers.
  •  Saving a Life: How We Found Courage When Death Rescued Our Son by Charles and Janet Morris.
  • Other excellent reading material for Death of a Child
  • Hit by a Ton of Bricks- You’re not alone when your child’s on drugs- 19 stories of Hope, Love and Healing

Motivational and self-help book (or books on TAPE- listen while driving)

Reading these books helps a person to think about positive often uplifting thoughts that will motivate the person to think about a better future and encourage he/she to reach their goals in life. These books would be helpful for entire family and concerned friends to read. Keeping a positive outlook may be the key to a successful recovery for everyone. The recovery process is often as exhausting for the family as for the person receiving treatment.

Other good literature:

 Our Daily Meds by Melody Peterson “How the Pharmaceutical companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs.”

History of American's Romance with Illegal Drugs  

Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America's Opiate Crisis

Please forward me any books that you have enjoyed and think others will find helpful.