Substance addiction is a thing that is difficult to overcome. Addiction recovery is a complex process, and the time between meetings, meals and therapies can be spent in different ways. There are many ways to relax and work on your new life: talking to people, praying, exercising, enjoying hobbies and doing other things that can help you face the challenge of getting rid of your addiction. Reading is one of the activities that can contribute too: in this article, you will find a list of 5 rehab-related books that many people find inspiring.
American Drug Addict
It is a memoir written by Brett Douglas, who lost everything after becoming a drug addict. He had a family, but his addiction led to life wreckage. The author recounts how it all happened and what he experienced when trying to overcome his addiction. One of the distinctive features of the book is the sense of humor with which Douglas tells a story of hitting rock bottom and regaining hope. The style used makes it easy to read the memoir, and the journey to recovery described in the book is an experience a patient in recovery can relate to. The author emphasizes that overcoming drug addiction means not just abstinence, but growing up.
Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir
Written by Brandon Novak, a famous skateboarder who became a drug addict after diving into the world of celebrities, money and fame, this book is something both addicts and their relatives can find interesting and helpful, as it shows what exactly is going on in the head of an addict. Novak prefers to describe his experience without any sugar coating: when heroin addiction became a major part of his life, he started stealing from friends and family to get money for another dose. He lied to himself that he was not addicted, but the horrors of addiction finally made him realize he needed help. That was how his journey to recovery was started with the help of his friend.
What’s Left of Us
A story that won the hearts of many people, the journey of Richard Farrell who was a drug addict began in his childhood, when he was forced by his father to become an athlete in order to overcome his birth defect. The environment in which he grew up was not a healthy one, as his father used to teach him using a belt and, once, even a carving knife. By the age of thirty, Farrell was addicted to heroin, and had children he visited occasionally; he was stealing from friends to get money to buy drugs, and this world of violence and desperation swallowed him. It is a story that many find deeply moving.
Recovery and Renewal
Unlike the three books mentioned above, this one is not a memoire, but a reference for both doctors and patients. It deals with the issue of prescription drug addiction. Among such drugs are tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antidepressants, and some people abuse them if they have to take them due to depression or other reasons. Baylissa Frederick tells readers what are the mechanics behind these pills, what withdrawal symptoms those addicted to them are likely to experience if they make an attempt to overcome their addiction, and what tips there are that can help them go through this difficult process.
Survivors of Addiction
This book is an overview of stories of fifteen people who struggled to recover from drug addiction. Mary Addenbrooke describes how people become addicts, why they do it, and what follows their recovery. The approach to addiction used in the book is that of thorough examination of an addict’s mind and the peculiarities of recovering. The two major questions on which the author focuses are how and why: it is a profound explanation of different aspects of addiction based on stories of voices of addiction.