If you are heading to rehab for addiction or just come out of a recovery center, you need to find things to do that will uplift you and keep you from becoming bored. As humans, our feelings tend to lead us to bad choices; boredom, emotional, anxiety, stress, and more can have us falling back into bad habits. However, there are ways to deal with these feelings and situations.

 Reading is just one of those ways. We have put together a list of 17 must-read books for those going through recovery. These books are uplifting because they are written by those who have already gone through recovery and are living a sober life.

The books will uplift you and give you tips on things you can do to keep on track, some things that the author used to stay sober. The books will also give you hope that you, too, will reach and maintain your recovery.

  1. Is There a Problem Here? Karla Juvonen
  2. Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery Erica C Barnett
  3. Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician’s Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery Adam B Hill
  4. Rewired: A Bold New Approach To Addiction and Recovery by Erica Spiegelman
  5. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
  6. Parched by Heather King
  7. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman
  8. Nothing Good Can Come from This by Kristi Coulter
  9. Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz
  10. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté, MD.
  11. Recovery Rising: A Retrospective of Addiction Treatment and Recovery Advocacy by Bill White
  12. The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison.
  13. Recover To Live by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  14. Sober For Good by Anne M. Fletcher
  15. What’s Left Of Us by Richard (Richie) Farrell
  16. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nick Sheff
  17. Co-occurring Addiction and Mental Health Disorders by Mark McGovern

These authors are former users of alcohol, heroin, coke, opioids, and other substance. They know precisely what you are feeling, what you are going through because they have been there and are now on the other side, living clean, sober lives.

You can learn plenty from these books how the author formulated a plan for dealing with life and issues to reduce the risk of relapse. It can help you plan for your future when it comes to dealing with life in general, the holidays, times of stress and uncertainty, and more to help you reduce your risk of relapse. 

At 449 Recovery, we can offer you the tools and techniques you will need to achieve and maintain your recovery. We will work with you to heal any underlying or co-conditions that helped you become an addict. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn more about our therapies and programs for sobriety.