5 must read books on alcohol addiction

addiction and recovery books

People find solace in books. It’s their getaway, a matter to learn new things, support to strengthen oneself, and a way to get over addiction!

Yes, you have heard it right. Books have for a very long time helped in overcoming alcohol addiction. It has taken their feet back on the grounds of sobriety.

So now is your time to pick up a book and keep aside the bottles of whisky and wine.

Books on alcohol addiction-

  1. Why you drink and how to stop: A journey freedom by Veronica Valli-


The book is brilliantly researched, compelling, and keeps the reader at the edge.

The book wisely depicts the thoughts, feelings, and mode of action of alcohol addicts. Veronica, in detail, gives a view of why alcoholics behave so self destructively and chooses a life of pain

Thus, the book answers the question that all addicts ask, ‘ why do I drink?’ The author gives a step-by-step guide to help overcome alcohol addiction. The simple read will help you to the path of recovery.

Critics view this book to be refreshing and a must-read for alcoholics.

  1. The cure for alcoholism by Roy Eskapa-

What is your secret weapon to overcome addiction? Is it medicine? Therapy? Or vacation?

This book solely does that. It helps you to know what can help you through this challenging phase. The mind, as they say, is your most potent weapon. This book will teach you to carve and manipulate your mind in a manner that you will end up abstaining from alcohol.

Roy has researched and put dozens of medical studies in effect into this book to give logical reasoning to why you have a degrading state and how you can find a remedy to it.

  1. The alcoholic/addict within by Dr. Andrew P-

The book gives us insight into why alcoholism cannot be stopped, the science behind it, and ways to recover from it. The reader will have a complete trip of brain biology, genetics, and the psychology of this disease.

Dr. Andrew was a former addict and has now devoted his time to alcohol addiction research. The author gives a unique perspective through his book and has penned down a 12-step framework to help addicts overcome this treacherous phase.

The entire book is filled with optimism and is a sure-shot guarantee to approach alcoholism and entirely remove its traces.

  1. Blackout by Sarah Hepola-

As a drinker, blackouts must be a common occurrence in your life. You may drink till the darkness doesn’t engulf you in. After all, this is what alcohol is supposed to do– lose your precious parts of life into darkness. But did you know having blackouts is just not as common as you think them to be?

Sarah Hepola started drinking from a very young age. With passing years, she just added onto her alcohol intake, succumbing to missing hours in her life. Blackout was the reason why she drank until she realized the truth.

In her book, she carefully jots down her experience, her darkest memories, trying to make her readers understand that they were actually buying a bottle of whiskey to miss out on life. Quite a bad investment, isn’t it?

  1. Girls walk out of a bar by Lisa. F. Smith-

Lisa has been a part of everything…everything that you can think of to get addicted to alcohol. She also had a beautiful life which she destroyed because of her wrong choices.

She was a lawyer in a prestigious firm with a heavy workload. She had insecurities during her teen years and was gripped by anxiety as a young adult.

She had all the reasons to become an addict. However, what made her stop then?

A degrading health status where she was covered by pools of vomits and drops of blood, losing friends and loved ones.

It does not take long to realize what is wrong for you; what is hard is to take action against it. Lisa did precisely that, and today she is a well-renowned author, has everything in her life that she ever wanted, and the plus point to all of it is that she no longer has any weaknesses now.

Sometimes books are not a way out of reality but a means of a reality check. If, as an addict, you can take the right step, alcohol does not have power over you.

Addiction recovery books are helpful and practical to pull you out from the darkest phase.

Enlisted down below are few famous quotes from addiction and recovery books that you should remember as a mantra to give you the strength in fighting your addictions-

  • “Those events that once made me feel ashamed and disgraced now allow me to share with others how to become a useful member of the human race.”
  • “ One day at a time.”
  • “As an alcoholic, you will violate your standards quicker than you can lower them.”
  • When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide.”
  • “ It is always my choice.”

Books are an excellent way to keep you captivated and motivated as well.

Although books are not the ultimate cure to your addiction, they are a great start to it.

Alcohol abuse keeps a person at a denial end. His logical sense and critical thinking capacities are marred. Reading books can make addicts regain their problem-solving skills, thus, giving a jolt to their conscious mind. In such a stage, they will be more aware and strong to make the right decisions in life. All the more, the optimistic take of books brings positivity in their life, and it gives them a zeal to move on each day.

Books are also great as a part of your after recovery plan. Read a book every month to maintain your sobriety.

Reading is a great start to end your addiction. However, professional help is a must that you should not neglect. Visit Hopecare to get rid of your alcohol abuse disorder. Call now at 91-9311112377 for a compelling recovery journey.

Author: Dr. Deepak Raheja

Hope Care established under the guidance of Dr. Deepak Raheja, President at Delhi Psychiatric Society is a psychiatric center of excellence that endeavors to restore hope and well-being to individuals and families afflicted by mental ill-health through comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation services. Hopecare seeks to set benchmarks in innovative programs in treatment, care, and education.

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