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Best Addiction Books Everyone Should Read

Here is a list of the best Addiction books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. UNBROKEN BRAIN (2017)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadMore people than ever before see themselves as addicted to, or recovering from, addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs, prescription meds, sex, gambling, porn, or the internet. But despite the unprecedented attention, our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded 20th century ideas, addiction as a crime or as brain disease, and in equally outdated treatment. Challenging both the idea of the addict’s “broken brain” and the notion of a simple “addictive personality,” Unbroken Brain offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addictions are learning disorders…
Author(s): Maia Szalavitz

2. Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change (2014)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadThe groundbreaking method that upends current treatment models and “offers collective hope to families of substance abusers” (Kirkus Reviews), helping loved ones conquer addiction and compulsion problems through positive reinforcement and kindness—from the leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US.Beyond Addiction goes beyond the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change. Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the…
Author(s): Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens , et al.

3. Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery (2015)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should Read  is a new, breakthrough approach to fighting addiction and self-damaging behavior by acknowledging our personal power to bring ourselves back from the brink. Centered on the concept of self-actualization, will guide you towards not only physical sobriety, but a mental, emotional, and spiritual sobriety by learning to identify key principles within yourself, including authenticity, honesty, gratitude, and understanding a need for solitude.   addresses the whole self; just as addiction affects every part of one’s life, so too must its treatment. By helping us to build a…
Author(s): Erica Spiegelman

4. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) (2012)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadMost addictive behavior is rooted in some type of loss, be it the death of a loved one, coming to terms with limitations set by chronic health problems, or the end of a relationship. By turning to drugs and alcohol, people who have suffered a loss can numb their grief. In the process, they postpone their healing and can drive themselves further into addiction. The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction offers readers an effective program for working through their addiction and grief with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy…
Author(s): Rebecca E. Williams PhD, Julie S. Kraft MA

5. The Addiction Recovery Workbook: Powerful Skills for Preventing Relapse Every Day (2018)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadPrevent relapse with practical coping skills for everyday life from The Addiction Recovery Workbook.Preventing relapse in daily life is where the work of a successful recovery starts. The Addiction Recovery Workbook equips you with actionable strategies and coping skills to prevent relapse and succeed in recovery when faced with day-to-day challenges, stressors, and triggers.From navigating intimate relationships to handling high-risk situations and environments, this addiction workbook offers practical tools and hands-on exercises that you can use in your home, work, and personal life. Once equipped with these skills,…
Author(s): Freedman Psy.D., Paula A.

6. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction (2010)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadBased on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among…
Author(s): Gabor Maté, MD, Levine Ph.D., Peter A.

7. The Addiction Treatment Planner: Includes DSM-5 Updates (2014)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadThe Addiction Treatment Planner, Fifth Edition provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payors, and state and federal agencies….
Author(s): Robert R. Perkinson , Jongsma Jr., Arthur E., et al.

8. I Want to Change My Life: How to Overcome Anxiety, Depression and Addiction (2010)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadThe book contains a five-point plan for overcoming anxiety, depression, and addiction. Learn the symptoms, treatment, and relapse prevention strategies that will change your life. Learn new coping skills such as cognitive therapy, stress management, and mindfulness along with step-by-step instructions on how to use them. The book includes numerous exercises and a one-month program to help you get started. Dr. Melemis is a leading authority in addiction and mood disorders who has helped thousands of people improve their lives. For more information refer to IWantToChangeMyLife.org….
Author(s): Steven M Melemis

9. High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life (2019)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadWhen word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her. A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction, High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict,…
Author(s): Tiffany Jenkins

10. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel (Resources for Changing Lives) (2001)

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should ReadA worship disorder: this is how Edward T. Welch views addictions. "Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God?" With this lens the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict’s true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by "the woman Folly," he is already in the grave (Proverbs 9:13-18). Can we not escape our addictions? If we’re willing to follow Jesus, the author says that we have "immense hope: hope in God’s forgiving grace, hope in God’s love that is faithful even when we are not, and…
Author(s): Edward T. Welch

Best Addiction Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some addiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction

Author(s): David Sheff, Nic Sheff
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers, Year: 2019, Size: 29 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2314323

Drugs and the Addiction Aesthetic in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Author(s): Adam Colman
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354104

The Stigma of Addiction: An Essential Guide

Author(s): Jonathan D. Avery, Joseph J. Avery
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354184

Internet Addiction Among Cyberkids in China: Risk Factors and Intervention Strategies

Author(s): Qiaolei Jiang
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355678

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Science of Addiction

Author(s): Hanna Pickard; Serge H Ahmed
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2356172

EFT Tapping: Effective Healing Powers for Anxiety,Addictions and Emotional Stress Using Tapping Therapy ( 30 day challenge)

Author(s): Mark Evan Nathan
Publisher: , Year: 2019, Size: 246 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2370414

Starved to Obesity: My Journey Out of Food Addiction and How You Can Escape It Too!

Author(s): Emily Boller; Joel Fuhrman
Publisher: Post Hill Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2371488

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction

Author(s): Judith Grisel
Publisher: Doubleday Books, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2397350

The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business

Author(s): David T. Courtwright
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 40 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2402219

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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