Books about addiction

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While some experts consider addiction an illness others call it a failing. Recent studies and technologies have made it possible to study Addiction methodically and develop more effective ways of treatment.

I Want to Change My Life – Steven M Melemis

In this book Melemis proposes a five-point plan for overcoming addiction. It teaches how to read symptoms, overcome addiction and deal with relapse. The author is an expert on addiction and mood disorders and has helped thousands of people to overcome their problems with substance abuse.

Rewired – Erica Spiegelman

This book is a bold new approach to addiction and recovery. The book concentrates on the two most important qualities needed for recovery; patience and compassion. It adopts a holistic approach for positive progress.

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy- David Sheff

According to the author addiction is a preventable and curable disease. Like any other illness it needs to be treated with a scientific approach. The author proposes treatment that is based on cutting edge research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. One must understand that addiction is not a moral failing it is an illness and must try to find out how it really works, and how we can combat it.

The Biology of Desire – Marc Lewis

In this recent study the author proves that drug abuse is not a disease as the psychiatric establishments and rehab industry in the Western world have branded it. According to the author “the disease model” has become an obstacle to healing. He talks of a new path to healing, through true stories and testimonials given by five people about their passage into and out of addiction.

The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction – Rebecca E. Williams

The author of this book believes that an addiction always springs from some kind of loss. This is a guide to coping with the grief, stress and anger that trigger addictive behaviors. The therapy suggested by the author, focuses on how to replace addiction with healthy coping behavior.

Known Cures for alcoholism & other drug addictions – Dr. Ima Teetotaler

The first few pages of this book are blank. At first you are perplexed then you realize the message the author is trying to convey. There is no specific cure! As each individual is different so is his addiction and so should be his therapy. This book is a refreshing and satirical recovery journal that is sure to perk you up.

The Basketball Diaries – Jim Carroll

This is an account of Carroll’s adolescent years and his high school basketball career, his addiction to heroin, which began when he was 13 years old and his amazing journey to fame through music poetry and literature.

Drinking: A Love Story – Caroline Knapp

Fifteen million Americans a year, a majority of them young girls, use alcohol as a shield against the harsh realities of life. This book offers significant insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how one learns to cope with it.

Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did – Philip Tate

This is a practical guide to understand alcohol abuse and how to solve the problem. The book includes chapters on overcoming low self-esteem, depression, stress and specific self-help techniques.

The Real Deal – Rod Williams

This is a compelling story of Rod’s multiple addictions with cannabis, Ecstasy, heroin and crack cocaine. It gives an insight into Rod’s journey through addiction and how God’s love, grace and true forgiveness change his life along with that of many others like him.

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  1. Rex Banner

    March 3, 2017 7:07 pm

    Also Google Gabor Matè, M.D. who is a Canadian medical doctor who deals with addiction on the east side of Vancouver and is the author of several book including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He also has some good You Tubes as well. As you well know we are all addicted to something but not everything that we are addicted to kills us as fast as drugs or alcohol. Another good book that he wrote is Hold On to Your Kids. His books deal with the underlying cause rather than just treating the symptoms.


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