You may have just admitted that you have a problem, and you may just now be researching treatment centers, groups to join, addiction counselors, etc.
You may be in the middle of a rehab program and you just want a way to gain some more understanding of the addiction you are struggling with, and more ways to work to overcome it.
Or, you may be in your 10th year of sobriety and just want a refresher course.
With addictions, as with anything else, knowledge is power. No matter what other steps you are taking or help you are receiving to work to help you overcome your addiction, it is extremely useful to also work to educate yourself on what you are going through and how you can overcome it.
So, to help you out with this, here are the top 5 books for overcoming addiction:
1. Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking
Allen Carr’s the Easyway to Stop Smoking is one of the most well known books about overcoming addictions. When it comes to smoking addictions, it is actually the world’s #1 best selling book to help people quit smoking.
Allen Carr’s the Easyway to Stop Smoking was written by Allen Carr, a man who for over 30 years was a chain smoker and was eventually finally able to quit. He created his quitting model off of his experience with struggle and eventual success over his smoking addiction.
This book has been in print for almost 30 years, selling over 13 million copies across the world. It has been printed in over 38 different languages and is sold in over 9 countries. According to the book’s website, this method “has the highest success rate of any clinically evaluated method.”
Many celebrities have said that they’ve quit smoking because of this book. The long list of celebrities who attribute their quitting to this book include Ellen Degeneres, Anthony Hopkins, Ashton Kutcher, Anjelica Huston, Jason Mraz, and more.
2. The Easy Way to Stop Drinking
Allen Carr also wrote The Easy Way to Stop Drinking. Basically in this book, he took the tried principles that had proven successful for himself and millions of others in them being able to quit smoking, and figured out how to apply them to help people stop drinking. He takes his easyway method, developed in his first book, and applies it to drinking.
3. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts was written by Gabor Mate, an MD who worked with individuals with very serious addictions for over 20 years. He has taken his years of experience and has broken down and explains all of the causes of addictions, including experiences, emotions, brain chemistry, addiction behaviors, and more. He also explains a more holistic approach to overcoming addictions.
4. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions
Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about how to use their spirituality to help them with overcoming their addictions.
While the book is based upon helping people learn about how to use their spirituality and relationship with God to help them overcome their addictions, it still also includes a lot of information about the neurological details about addictions and recovery, helping its readers to also better understand that aspect of addictions.
5. The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior
This book is less about overcoming addictions and more about understanding addictions. But for anyone who is wanting to overcome their addiction, it is also very beneficial to be able to better understand the process of addictions in general: what causes them, etc.
So while this book doesn’t necessarily lay out a plan to help someone overcome their addictions, it arms them with more education and understanding about the addiction that they are battling with.
Nicole writes for http://www.freedomdrugrehab.com/. She loves sharing her knowledge and helping educate others about addiction recovery.