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Reading is a powerful tool for recovery and sobriety. Not only does the act of reading keep both your hands and mind busty and occupied, preventing you from thinking about relapsing, but the knowledge you gain from a book can also help you along the path of becoming a fully functional member of society again. Whether you opt for any number of self-help books or pick up a work of fantasy to pass the time, books are excellent recovery aids. The following are 3 books you should read both during and after recovery.

 

  1. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol by Annie Grace: This book is similar to Allen Carr’s “Easy Way to Control Alcohol,” and you should probably read both if you’re suffering from alcoholism. In This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Annie Grace highlights the most important aspects of recovery and outlines a clear model for staying sober. With her actionable advice and entertaining anecdotes, Grace gives you the power to overcome addiction and take control of that nasty booze once and for all. This book reads like a step-by-step guide to beating alcohol and taking your next, best step forward. Annie Grace makes recovery almost sound easy, and, in reality, it can be, especially if one follows the advice in This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol.

 

  1. Integral Recovery by John Dupuy: Integral Recovery might be the best book about holistic recovery on the market today. John Dupuy clearly explains the development of various addictions and how one can navigate the mind in order to overcome them. Through the author’s careful explanations, you will grow a much better understanding of your affliction. Addiction is largely in the mind, as Dupuy articulates, which can be controlled at your own will, given enough practice and comprehension.

 

  1. Clean by David Sheff: This book aims to explain addiction in America from every possible perspective. David Sheff is aggressive in his pursuit of understanding addiction, how and why it affects certain people and not others. The author provides insight into the problem, but also makes the reader feel as if he or she is not alone in their struggle. Sheff places the blame on both external and internal factors contributing to addiction, without coming across as overly sympathetic or enabling. He describes the relationship between our environment and our addictive tendencies.