Recovery Books You Must Read

March 8, 2017 | | Post a Comment

When you are on your path to recovery, it’s important to keep positive messages in your mind. Reading recovery books can be a great thing to do to keep your mind occupied, and it can be a great way to spend your time. Here are some recovery books you must read:

The Big Book – Alcoholics Anonymous

First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Alcoholics Anonymous

Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity.

A Drunks Tale from a Living Hell to Freedom: A Message of Hope for Alcoholics and Their Families – Frank K.

Did you ever wonder what goes through the mind of an alcoholic? Why won’t he stop drinking? How many jobs must be lost or relationships destroyed? How many DUIs does it take for him to quit? Doesn’t he know he is killing himself? If you wondered this about a family member or loved one or have asked these questions about yourself, this book gives insight into one alcoholic’s mind and his personal journey to get sober and actions he takes daily to ensure lasting sobriety.

The Sober Revolution: Women Calling Time on Wine O’Clock – Sarah Turner, Lucy Rocca

Do you count down the minutes to wine o’clock on a daily basis? Is a bottle of Pinot Grigio your friend at the end of a long hard day? If you want to give up being controlled and defined by alcohol then now is the time to join The Sober Revolution…

Fed up of living in a fog of hangovers, lethargy, and guilt from too much wine? Have you tried to cut down without success?

You are not alone. When it comes to alcohol, millions of people around the world find it hard to exercise moderation and become stuck in a vicious cycle of blame, guilt and using more alcohol as a way of coping.

The Sober Revolution looks at women and their relationships with alcohol, exploring the myths behind this socially acceptable yet often destructive habit. Rather than continuing the sad spiral into addiction, it helps women regain control of their drinking and live happier, healthier lives.

Tales from the Last House on the Block: As Jim Sees It – JT

When he turned 50 – with 10 years of sobriety – the author became curious as to why he had succeeded in staying sober when so many others had failed. He was convinced that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous worked, and yet he recalled having broken more rules than he had followed. He got back into the book and studied it. He came to the conclusion that his success was due to which rules he had followed; he had followed the suggestions that were made in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, and unconsciously ignored suggestions that were not supported by A.A. literature. It occurred to him that extraneous suggestions floating around A.A. may not just be “harmless” and “derived from treatment centers, not A.A.”; some of them could actually be dangerous. After all, ideas as simple and seemingly sensible as “empty your liquor cabinet” and “don’t go to bars” – ideas he had never followed – fly in direct contradiction to the Big Book, which says: “In our belief any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure.” So it became his mission to take every suggestion he had heard in Alcoholics Anonymous that was not “from the book” and subject it to scrutiny. These essays chronicle his ongoing development of a new belief system with the help of A.A. Today his creed is: “Don’t believe everything you think.”



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