We all need that extra boost sometimes on our bad days. Recovering from addiction is a great accomplishment, but it is not always easy. There are going to be days when relapse feels impossible to avoid and you’ll need to find a distraction from these feelings.
It is both fun and helpful to find different hobbies that can be used to relieve anxiety and shame on your bad days. We wanted to give you some of Amethyst’s favorite books to read during recovery. Hopefully, these will bring you peace and entertainment as you adjust to life being clean and sober.
Informative, Formal Reads
When Things Fall Apart- Pema Chödrön
In this casual, but informative book, author Pema Chödrön teaches the reader about mindfulness. Through the use of the most fundamental Buddhist beliefs and positive messages, she is able to suggest ways to change negative thoughts into positive feelings.
Practicing Mindfulness- Matthew Sockolov
You can’t go wrong with a simple book that tells you how to feel more at peace with your thoughts. In his book, Practicing Mindfulness, Matthew Sockolov gives the reader step by step ways to relax the mind, bring the thoughts to peace and reduce stress. This is a great read for people looking for new coping skills that avoid relapse.
Recovery:Freedom From Our Addictions- Russell Brand
Written by famous actor, comedian and radio host Russell Brand, this book delves into the world of recovery from multiple addictions. From sex addiction to heroin addiction, this strong man has experienced it all and is passing along his story to inspire others.
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Beautiful Boy – David Sheff
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff has taken the world by storm. The book is being made into a major motion picture. It explores the family dynamic when addiction plagues the son of a determined dad, the author of a book.
Being a true story, this book is captivating and relatable. It is a must-read for anyone struggling with drug addiction as well as their loved ones.
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A Million Little Pieces- James Frey
James Fray writes a haunting but beautiful tale about his journey through addiction and addiction recovery. It highlights the fact that we are all human and have our demons. Written in a very captivating voice, this book has been praised for the tale it tells and how inspiring it is to those who have felt out cast by addiction.
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Fall is here! It is the perfect time to cozy up and read to self-improve. Happy reading!