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Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Recovery books.

1. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions (2018)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud…My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.” ―Russell BrandWith a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction―from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how…
Author(s): Russell Brand

2. Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction (2014)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBestselling author and renowned Buddhist teacher Noah Levine adapts the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path into a proven and systematic approach to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction—an indispensable alternative to the 12-step program.While many desperately need the help of the 12-step recovery program, the traditional AA model’s focus on an external higher power can alienate people who don’t connect with its religious tenets. Refuge Recovery is a systematic method based on Buddhist principles, which integrates scientific, non-theistic, and…
Author(s): Noah Levine

3. 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery: Avoiding Relapse through Self-Awareness and Right Action (2008)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTo grow in recovery, we must grow up emotionally. This means getting honest with ourselves and facing up to the self-defeating thoughts and actions that put our sobriety at risk. Although there are as many ways to mess up recovery as there are alcoholics and addicts, some general themes exist, which include: confusing self-concern with selfishness; not making amends; using the program to try to become perfect; not getting help for relationship troubles; and believing that life should be easy. In simple, down-to-earth language, Allen Berger explores the twelve most commonly…
Author(s): Berger Ph. D., Allen

4. Recovery Dharma: How to Use Buddhist Practices and Principles to Heal the Suffering of Addiction (2019)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn the Buddhist tradition, “Dharma” means “truth,” or “the way things are.” This book describes a way to free ourselves from the suffering of addiction using Buddhist practices and principles. Our program is based on the idea that every one of us is our own guide in recovery from addiction, with the help and understanding of our wise friends and sangha (community). We believe that’s what the Dharma teaches us. The Buddha knew that all human beings, to one degree or another, struggle with craving—the powerful, sometimes blinding desire to change our thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. Those of us who experience…
Author(s): Recovery Dharma

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

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPrevent 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…
Author(s): Freedman Psy.D., Paula A.

6. The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith (2017)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNewly updated and expanded to commemorate its twentieth anniversary—this classic resource helps people complete the grieving process and move toward recovery and happiness. Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others’, the authors illustrate how it is possible to recover from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. New material in this…
Author(s): John W. James, Russell Friedman

7. Tyndale NLT Life Recovery Bible (Personal Size, Softcover) 2nd Edition – Addiction Bible Tied to 12 Steps of Recovery for Help with Drugs, Alcohol, Personal Struggles – With Meeting Guide (2017)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTyndale’s The Life Recovery Bible is the #1–selling recovery Bible with over 3 million copies in print. This Bible for addiction points to God himself as the primary source of recovery with essential tools and features that help free people from the grip of addiction. It is widely used in tangent with the 12 Step recovery programs, in correctional facilities, and by individuals seeking help taking their life back from behaviors and substances that have held them captive. The Second Edition of The Life Recovery Bible is updated with new articles on addiction recovery as well as a…
Author(s): Stephen Arterburn, David Stoop

8. Celebrate Recovery Updated Participant’s Guide Set, Volumes 1-4: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes (2016)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis shrink-wrapped pack includes all four participant’s guides for the Celebrate Recovery Program: By working through the lessons and exercises found in each of the four Participant’s Guides, you will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God, and find freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. All the scriptures have been updated to the new NIV 2011 version.Note: This shrink-wrapped pack is identical to the participant’s guides included in the Celebrate…
Author(s): John Baker

9. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror (2015)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTrauma and Recovery is revered as the seminal text on understanding trauma survivors. By placing individual experience in a broader political frame, Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman argues that psychological trauma is inseparable from its social and political context. Drawing on her own research on incest, as well as a vast literature on combat veterans and victims of political terror, she shows surprising parallels between private horrors like child abuse and public horrors like war. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most important psychiatry works to be published since Freud,” Trauma and Recovery is essential…
Author(s): Judith L. Herman

10. Eight Step Recovery: Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction (2018)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Give yourself over day by day, thought by thought, moment by moment to this reliable and profound form of nurturance and healing.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the Preface”The MBAR programme draws on a wide range of the Buddha’s practical, yet deeply profound, teachings. Over the eight steps you are given a priceless gift the possibility to gain mastery over your mind and heart and find freedom.” —Vidyamala Burch, founder and co-director of Breathworks and author of Mindfulness for Health”Blending MBAR with traditional Buddhist teachings and personal stories, the authors give us a wise and compassionate approach to recovery from…
Author(s): Valerie Mason-John, Paramabandhu Groves

11. The Life Recovery Workbook: A Biblical Guide through the Twelve Steps (2007)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAs a complement to The Life Recovery Bible (more than 800,000 copies sold), The Life Recovery Workbook leads the recovering addict into reflection and practical application. By placing the 12 steps of recovery into a firm biblical context, the workbook brings scriptural principles into personal focus. Contemporary “Recovery Profiles,” expanded descriptions of each of the 12 steps, and open-ended questions work in unison with The Life Recovery Bible. Far more than just teaching about the 12 steps, the workbook is a guide to an in-depth working of the…
Author(s): Stephen Arterburn, David Stoop

12. Celebrate Recovery: The Journey Continues Participant’s Guide Set Volumes 5-8: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes (2016)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA Program for Implementing a Christ-Centered Recovery Ministry in Your ChurchAlcoholism – Divorce – Sexual Abuse – Codependency – Domestic Violence – Drug Addiction – Sexual Addiction – Food Addiction – Gambling Addiction and others.There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond their wounds to experience the healing and forgiveness of Christ. Since 1991, more than 200,000 people have participated in the Celebrate Recovery programs offered at more than 3,500 churches, prisons, and rescue missions.Drawn from the Beatitudes, Celebrate Recovery helps people resolve painful problems in the context of the church…
Author(s): John Baker, Johnny Baker

13. NIV, Celebrate Recovery Study Bible (2016)

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFind freedom from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits.The NIV Celebrate Recovery Study Bible is a powerful and positive ally. This Bible is based on eight recovery principles found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and on the underlying Christ-centered twelve steps of the proven Celebrate Recovery program. This Bible and all of its added content lifts you up and shows you how to walk, step by attainable step, on a path of healing and liberty.Based on the proven and successful Celebrate Recovery program developed by John Baker and Rick Warren, the NIV Celebrate Recovery…
Author(s): Zondervan, John Baker, et al.

Best Recovery Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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 recovery 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.

Healing Magnets. A Guide for Pain Relief, Speeding Recovery, and Restoring Balance

Author(s): Sherry Kahn
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, Year: June 20, 2000, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2335737

Professional SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery

Author(s): Ahmad Osama
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: January 2019 , Size: 48 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2344138

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Navigating your way to recovery

Author(s): Dr Megan Arroll,Christine Dancey
Publisher: Hammersmith Health Books, Year: 4 Dec 2015, Size: 685 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2296750

Phosphorus Recovery and Recycling

Author(s): Hisao Ohtake, Satoshi Tsuneda
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2019, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2254362

Iraq After ISIS: The Challenges of Post-War Recovery

Author(s): Jacob Eriksson, Ahmed Khaleel
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309632

From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine

Author(s): Daniel Serwer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309903

Person Centered Approach to Recovery in Medicine: Insights from Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Author(s): Luigi Grassi, Michelle B. Riba, Thomas Wise
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310506

Pilates Conditioning for Athletes An Integrated Approach to Performance and Recovery

Author(s): Amy Lademann , Rick Lademann
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Year: 2019, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314287

The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery

Author(s): John Bruna
Publisher: Central Recovery Press, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2318162

Sport Smoothies: More Than 65 Recipes to Boost Your Workouts & Recovery

Author(s): Fern Green
Publisher: VeloPress, Year: 2019, Size: 89 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2352694

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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