6 Books to Read That Can Inspire You During Recovery 
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6 Books to Read That Can Inspire You During Recovery 

It’s impossible not to get lost in the sea of addiction information across the Internet. However, it can also be exhausting searching through hundreds of chat forums and articles. How about going old-school and giving books a try? There are an abundance of motivational books on addiction, mental health, and recovery. Many are available as paperbacks, digital books, or even audio books. Turn off the phone and computer for awhile, slow down, and look for some inspirational books, memoirs, or even poetry to give you the boost needed to stay sober. Here are five compelling books to consider as you begin your search.

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (the Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” columnist and actual therapist) takes a very honest look at how therapy really works and offers a tour of the author’s relationships with her patients, her own therapist, and various other people in her personal life.  
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins is considered somewhat autobiographical and takes you on a journey of the main character Kristina, as she becomes addicted to crystal meth.
  • Drink – The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research, her own personal story of recovery, and examines the rise in drinking among women and girls.
  • Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel is a poignant memoir about the longing and emptiness experienced by many young women with mental health issues, and how they attempt to fill that void with mind-altering substances.
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff shares the author’s descent into substances such as cocaine, ecstasy, and crystal meth. It offers a compelling picture of the lies substance abusers tell themselves to deny they have a real problem. 

The sequel, We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction, focuses on Sheff’s rehab experience and continuing efforts to remain sober.

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