Books to Read in Recovery

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When we are on a new journey, it helps to immerse ourselves in the environment that best holds our vision. With recovery, this might mean living at a sober living home, attending 12-step meetings, and spending time with those who are sober.

If you want to immerse yourself even more in the experience of sobriety and recovery, here is a list of books to check out from your local library. Or better, if you want to create a collection of books that can aide you on your journey, then you’re likely able to purchase them online or at a local bookstore.

Alcohol Anonymous Books

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
  • Daily Reflections
  • Living Sober
  • Came to Believe
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age
  • As Bill Sees It
  • Experience, Strength and Hope
  • A. In Prison: Inmate-to-Inmate
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Big Book


Memoirs of Recovery and Addiction

  • Drinking: A Love Story – by Caroline Knapp
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamine – by Nic Sheff
  • Jesus’ Son – by Denis Johnson
  • Maya’s Notebook – by Isabelle Allende
  • A Drinking Life: A Memoir – by Pete Hamill
  • Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir – by Bill Clegg

Self-Help Books for the Recovering Addict

  • Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts – by Beverly Conyers
  • Addiction Recovery Tools: A Practical Handbook – by Robert Holman Coombs
  • Codependent No More – by Melody Beattie
  • The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency – by Melody Beattie
  • The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction – by Darren Littlejohn
  • Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time – by Melody Beattie


  • Exposed: A Novel – by Ashley Weis
  • Baby Huey – A Cautionary Tale of Addiction – by James Henderson
  • Lost No More – by CeeCee James
  • Stray – by Mark Matthews
  • Jerkoff: A Novel About Sexual Addiction – by Jason Lustmann

Books are a wonderful way to experience the thoughts and feelings of another person, especially about intimate topics. If you’re shy about attending support groups or 12-step meetings, reading a book about how another person managed to turn their life around after struggling with an addiction can be incredibly inspiring.

If you want to immerse yourself in recovery and healing your life, reading can be an essential way to do just that.


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