Best Books About Addiction
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The Best Books About Addiction

“What are the best books about Addiction?” We looked at 359 of the top books about or featuring addiction, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Addiction” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 300+ titles, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 16 Addiction Books

16 .) 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger Ph.D

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up RecoveryLists It Appears On:

  • Clear Sky
  • Harbor Village Florida
  • Nerdy Creator

Concise advice on hunting down the personal culprits that sabotage sobriety and personal happiness. To grow in recovery, we must grow up emotionally. This means getting honest with ourselves and facing up to the self-defeating thoughts and actions that put our sobriety at risk. Although there are as many ways to mess up recovery as there are alcoholics and addicts, some general themes exist, which includeconfusing self-concern with selfishnessnot making amendsusing the program to try to become perfectnot getting help for relationship troublesbelieving that life should be easyIn simple, down-to-earth language, Allen Berger explores the twelve most commonly confronted beliefs and attitudes that can sabotage recovery. He then provides tools for working through these problems in daily life. This useful guide offers fresh perspectives on how the process of change begins with basic self-awareness and a commitment to working a daily program.

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15 .) Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People ChangeLists It Appears On:

  • Clear Sky
  • Goodreads
  • Recovery

The groundbreaking method that upends current treatment models and “offers collective hope to families of substance abusers” (Kirkus Reviews), helping loved ones conquer addiction and compulsion problems through positive reinforcement and kindness—from the leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US. Beyond Addiction goes beyond the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone change. Drawing on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience, the authors present the best practical advice science has to offer. Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. This new approach is not only less daunting for both the substance abuser and his family, but is more effective as well. Learn how to use the transformative power of relationships for positive change, guided by exercises and examples. Practice what really works in therapy and in everyday life, and discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system. And have hope: this guide is a life raft for parents, family, and friends—offering “reminders that although no one can make another person change, there is much that can be done to make change seem appealing and possible” (Publishers Weekly).

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14 .) Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest TragedyLists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Nerdy Creator
  • Recovery

A myth-shattering look at drug abuse and addiction treatment, based on cutting-edge research Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean. The existing addiction treatments, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, have helped some, but they have failed to help many more. To discover why, David Sheff spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families, and explored the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine. In Clean, he reveals how addiction really works, and how we can combat it. “A guide for those affected by addiction, but also a manifesto . . . for America as it confronts its drug problem. [Sheff] has performed a vital service by compiling sensible advice on a subject for which sensible advice is in short supply.” — New York Times Book Review “As a journalist, father, and clear-eyed chronicler of addiction, David Sheff is without peer.” — Sanjay Gupta, M.D., chief medical correspondent, CNN

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13 .) Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love StoryLists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • New Start Recovery
  • Ranker

The roots of alcoholism in the life of a brilliant daughter of an upper-class family are explored in this stylistic, literary memoir of drinking by a Massachusetts journalist. Caroline Knapp describes how the distorted world of her well-to-do parents pushed her toward anorexia and alcoholism. Fittingly, it was literature that saved her: she found inspiration in Pete Hamill’s ‘A Drinking Life’ and sobered up. Her tale is spiced up with the characters she has known along the way. A journalist describes her twenty years as a functioning alcoholic, explaining how she used alcohol to escape personal relationships and the realities of life until a series of personal crises forced her to confront her problem.

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12 .) Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

Dry: A MemoirLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Book Riot
  • New Start Recovery

Revisit the second memoir in Augusten’s bestselling trilogy of Running with Scissors, Dry, and Lust & Wonder. You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten landed in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

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11 .) In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction by Gabor Maté

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With AddictionLists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Clear Sky
  • Work It Health

He would probably dispute it, but Gabor Maté is something of a compassion machine. Diligently treating the drug addicts of Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside with sympathy in his heart and legislative reform in mind can’t be easy. But Maté never judges. His book is a powerful call-to-arms, both for the decriminalization of drugs and for a more sympathetic and informed view of addiction. As Maté observes, “Those whom we dismiss as ‘junkies’ are not creatures from a different world, only men and women mired at the extreme end of a continuum on which, here or there, all of us might well locate ourselves.” In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts begins by introducing us to many of Dr. Maté’s most dire patients who steal, cheat, sell sex, and otherwise harm themselves for their next hit. Maté looks to the root causes of addiction, applying a clinical and psychological view to the physical manifestation and offering some enlightening answers for why people inflict such catastrophe on themselves. Finally, he takes aim at the hugely ineffectual, largely U.S.-led War on Drugs (and its worldwide followers), challenging the wisdom of fighting drugs instead of aiding the addicts, and showing how controversial measures such as safe injection sites are measurably more successful at reducing drug-related crime and the spread of disease than anything most major governments have going. It’s not easy reading, but we ignore his arguments at our peril. When it comes to combating the drug trade and the ravages of addiction, society can use all the help it can get. –Kim Hughes

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10 .) Lit: A Memoir

Lit: A MemoirLists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • New Start Recovery
  • Solutions Recovery

The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—Mary Karr’s sequel to the beloved and bestselling The Liars’ Club and Cherry “lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). Mary Karr’s bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry—and one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year—Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. The Boston Globe calls Lit a book that “reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art.” The New York Times Book Review calls it “a master class on the art of the memoir” in its Top 10 Books of 2009 Citation. Michiko Kakutani calls it “a book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won’t let you go” in her New York Times review. And Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is “the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years.” In addition to the New York Times, Lit was named a Best Book of 2009 by the New Yorker (Reviewer Favorite), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10), Time (Top 10), the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Times.

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9 .) More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction by Elizabeth Wurtzel

More, Now, Again: A Memoir of AddictionLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Book Riot
  • Ranker

Elizabeth Wurtzel published her memoir of depression, Prozac Nation, to astonishing literary acclaim. A cultural phenomenon by age twenty-six, she had fame, money, respecteverything she had always wanted except that one, true thing: happiness. For all of her professional success, Wurtzel felt like a failure. She had lost friends and lovers, every magazine job she’d held, and way too much weight. She couldn’t write, and her second book was past due. But when her doctor prescribed Ritalin to help her focus-and boost the effects of her antidepressants — Wurtzel was spared. The Ritalin worked. And worked. The pills became her sugar…the sweetness in the days that have none. Soon she began grinding up the Ritalin and snorting it. Then came the cocaine, then more Ritalin, then more cocaine. Then I need more. I always need more. For all of my life I have needed more… More, Now, Again is the brutally honest, often painful account of Wurtzel’s descent into drug addiction. It is also a love story: How Wurtzel managed to break free of her relationship with Ritalin and learned to love life, and herself, is at the heart of this ultimately uplifting memoir that no reader will soon forget.

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8 .) The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll

The Basketball DiariesLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Goodreads
  • Sober Nation

The urban classic coming-of-age story about sex, drugs, and basketball. Jim Carroll grew up to become a renowned poet and punk rocker. But in this memoir of the mid-1960’s, set during his coming-of-age from 12 to 15, he was a rebellious teenager making a place and a name for himself on the unforgiving streets of New York City. During these years, he chronicled his experiences, and the result is a diary of unparalleled candor that conveys his alternately hilarious and terrifying teenage existence. Here is Carroll prowling New York City–playing basketball, hustling, stealing, getting high, getting hooked, and searching for something pure. “I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation. . . . The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty.” — Patti Smith

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7 .) Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to ForgetLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • New Start Recovery

Alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure” for Sarah Hepola. She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman. But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should have been. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn’t remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead. A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure–the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It’s about giving up the thing you cherish most–but getting yourself back in return.

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6 .) The Night of the Gun by David Carr

The Night of the GunLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Book Riot
  • Ranker
  • Signature Reads

Do we remember only the stories we can live with?The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In “The Night of the Gun,” David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for “The New York Times.” Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, “The Night of the Gun” is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing — and, in the end, more miraculous — than he allowed himself to remember. Over the course of the book, he digs his way through a past that continues to evolve as he reports it. That long-ago night he was so out of his mind that his best friend had to pull a gun on him to make him go away? A visit to the friend twenty years later reveals that Carr was pointing the gun. His lucrative side business as a cocaine dealer? Not all that lucrative, as it turned out, and filled with peril. His belief that after his twins were born, he quickly sobered up to become a parent? Nice story, if he could prove it. The notion that he was an easy choice as a custodial parent once he finally was sober? His lawyer pulls out the old file and gently explains it was a little more complicated than that. In one sense, the story of “The Night of the Gun” is a common one — a white-boy misdemeanant lands in a ditch and is restored to sanity through the love of his family, a God of his understanding, and a support group that will go unnamed. But when the whole truth is told, it does not end there. After fourteen years — or was it thirteen? — Carr tried an experiment in social drinking. Double jeopardy turned out to be a game he did not play well. As a reporter and columnist at the nation’s best newspaper, he prospered, but gained no more adeptness at mood-altering substances. He set out to become a nice suburban alcoholic and succeeded all too well, including two more arrests, one that included a night in jail wearing a tuxedo. Ferocious and eloquent, courageous and bitingly funny, “The Night of the Gun” unravels the ways memory helps us not only create our lives, but survive them.

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5 .) Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery. by Joe Herzanek

Why Don't They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.Lists It Appears On:

  • Clear Sky
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads
  • Moyer Foundation

Real-life solutions to help you now! Watching a loved one immersed in an intense battle with alcohol and drug abuse may be the most difficult, complex and harrowing experience you ll ever have. This book offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions so they can help anyone struggling with addiction to begin the road to recovery. You will learn: Why a person doesn t have to hit rock-bottom before getting help. When helping is actually hurting. Why quitting is not the same as recovering. How to deal with a relapse. How to receive 50 percent or more off the cost of treatment. Why a parent would leave their child due to their addiction. Why effective intervention doesn t have to be a surprise attack. Answers to over 30 common, and not so common questions. Inspiring first-hand recovery stories from real people!

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4 .) Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big BookLists It Appears On:

  • Clear Sky
  • Luxury Rehab Center
  • New Start Recovery
  • Solutions Recovery
  • Test Country

It’s more than a book. It’s a way of life. Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery. Key features and benefits ·the most widely used resource for millions of individuals in recovery ·contains full, original text describing A.A. the program ·updated with 24 new personal stories

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3 .) We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction by Nic Sheff

We All Fall Down: Living with AddictionLists It Appears On:

  • Above It All treatment
  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Luxury Rehab Center
  • Solutions Recovery

In his bestselling memoir Tweak, Nic Sheff took readers on an emotionally gripping roller-coaster ride through his days as an addict. Now in this powerful follow-up about his continued efforts to stay clean, Nic writes candidly about eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction. Tweak and Beautiful Boy, his father’s memoir about him, are the basis of the upcoming film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

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2 .) Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff

Tweak: Growing Up On MethamphetaminesLists It Appears On:

  • Drug Rehab
  • Goodreads
  • Ranker
  • Sober Nation
  • Solutions Recovery
  • Test Country

The story that inspired the major motion picture Beautiful Boy featuring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery. Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

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1 .) Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's AddictionLists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads
  • Luxury Rehab Center
  • Ranker
  • Recovery
  • Solutions Recovery
  • Test Country
  • Work It Health

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? The police? The hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll, but as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on him. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional roller coaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

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The 300+ Additional Best Books About Addiction


(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
17A Piece of CakeCupcake Brown
Above It All treatment
Book Riot
18Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and RecoveryBeverly Conyers :
Moyer Foundation
America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life
Inspire Malibu
Book Riot
Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
Book Riot
Drug Rehab
21CrankBook Riot
Test Country
22Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate EpidemicSam QuinonesWork It Health
Book Riot
23Drop the Rock
Luxury Rehab Center
Solutions Recovery
24For Teenagers Living With a Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/DrugsEdith Lynn Hornik-BeerJody Lamb
Moyer Foundation
25Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant DisasterKristen Johnston
Above It All treatment
Book Riot
26Healing the Addicted BrainHarold UrschelNerdy Creator
Harbor Village Florida
27High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering MyselfCarl HartWork It Health
Book Riot
28How to Grow UpBook Riot
Electric Literature
29Infinite JestBook Riot
30JunkyWilliam S. BurroughsBook Riot
Signature Reads
31Living SoberClear Sky
Sober Nation
32My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease – A Child’s View: Living with AddictionClaudia BlackJody Lamb
Moyer Foundation
33Ninety Days: A Memoir of RecoveryBill CleggGoodreads
Sober Nation
34Opiate Addiction – The Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Heroin Addiction and the Way OutTaite AdamsGoodreads
Luxury Rehab Center
35Permanent MidnightJerry StahlElectric Literature
Signature Reads
Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction
Solutions Recovery
Drug Rehab
37Requiem For a DreamHubert Selby, Jr.Book Riot
Signature Reads
Sober for Good; New Solutions for Drinking Problems
Inspire Malibu
Drug Rehab
39Sober Stick FigureAmber Tozer
Above It All treatment
Book Riot
40The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestRanker
Test Country
41The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock StarNikki Sixx
Above It All treatment
Drug Rehab
42The Mindfulness Workbook for AddictionRebecca Williams and Julie KraftNerdy Creator
43The Recovery Formula: An Addict’s Guide to getting Clean & Sober ForeverBeth Burgess
Luxury Rehab Center
44TrainspottingIrvine WelshBook Riot
Five Books
45Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding AddictionMaia SzalavitzNerdy Creator
Work It Health
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
A Young Vice Cop Investigates Her Darkest Case of Meth Addiction
Book Riot
4732 CandlesBook Riot
48365 Tao: Daily MeditationsFit Recovery
497 Weeks To SobrietyFit Recovery
50A Dog’s Tail: Alice’s hindsight of alcohol abuse in her familyJamie A LandsmanGoodreads
51A Drinking Life: A MemoirRanker
52A Gentle Path Through the Twelve StepsSex Addict Help
53A Girl Walks Out of a BarBook Riot
54A New Pair of Glasses
Solutions Recovery
55A Plague YearBook Riot
56A Scanner DarklyBook Riot
57A Terrible Thing HappenedMargaret M. HolmesJody Lamb
Addicted to Adultery: How We Saved Our Marriage and How You Can Save Yours
Sex Addict Help
59ADDICTION & GraceInspire Malibu
60Addiction to Perfection:Inspire Malibu
61Addiction: The Master Keys to RecoveryDr. Michael J. De Vito D.C. DACACDGoodreads
62Addiction: What’s Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment ProgramDeborah McCloskeyGoodreads
Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop? – John Hoffman, Susan Froemke :
Moyer Foundation
64Addictions and Trauma Recovery:Inspire Malibu
65Addicts in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope and RecoveryBeverly ConyersSober Nation
66Agency of fearRanker
67Alateen: Hope for Children of AlcoholicsAl-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc.Jody Lamb
68Alcohol And The Addictive BrainFit Recovery
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Book Riot
70An Anatomy of Addiction:Inspire Malibu
71An Elephant in the Living RoomJill M. Hastings :
Moyer Foundation
72AntifragileFit Recovery
73Astronomicon minorem – DMT, Cthulhu and YouKhurt KhaveGoodreads
Back From Betrayal: Recovering From his Affairs
Sex Addict Help
75Back To Basics
Solutions Recovery
76Basketball DiariesBook Riot
77Basketball JunkieChris HerrenGoodreads
78Before it’s Too Late:Inspire Malibu
79Before You BreakKyla StoneGoodreads
Believable Hope: 5 Essential Elements to Beat Any Addiction
Drug Rehab
81Below Sea LevelJane FosterGoodreads
82Beneath a Meth MoonBook Riot
Beyond Gay or Straight: Understanding Sexual Orientation
Sex Addict Help
84Bigger, Leaner, StrongerFit Recovery
85Black OutElectric Literature
86Black Tar: For the Love of HeroinStephen E. CrockettGoodreads
Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America
Book Riot
88Blue Days, Black Nights: A MemoirRanker
89Breaking Free: How to be Completely Free from any AddictionKevin W. ShorterGoodreads
90Bright Lights Big CityBook Riot
91Broken: My Story of Addiction and RedemptionDrug Rehab
92Can Genetics Increase Risk of Alcoholism?
Futures Of Palm Beach
93CandyLuke DaviesGoodreads
94Changing for Good:Inspire Malibu
95Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on DrugsJohann HariWork It Health
96Chasing the Star Garden (The Airship Racing Chronicles, #1)Melanie KarsakGoodreads
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Addiction:
Inspire Malibu
100Commonly Abused Drugs
Futures Of Palm Beach
101Confessions of an English Opium EaterBook Riot
102Connaissance par les gouffresRanker
103Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual AddictSex Addict Help
104Contributing Factors of Drug Abuse
Futures Of Palm Beach
105Control AlcoholFit Recovery
Craving for Ecstasy : How Our Passions Become Addictions and What We Can Do About Them
Sex Addict Help
107Crazy Town: Money. Marriage. Meth.Sterling R. BraswellGoodreads
108Critters Cry TooAnthony Curcio :
Moyer Foundation
109Crooked Little HeartBook Riot
110CruddyBook Riot
Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men
Sex Addict Help
112Cursed is the Road to the American DreamJack DeadmenGoodreads
Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy or Obsession?
Sex Addict Help
114Delicious FoodsElectric Literature
115Desire: Where Sex Meets AddictionBook Riot
116Diary of an Exercise AddictBook Riot
Disclosing Secrets: When, to Whom, and How Much to Reveal
Sex Addict Help
118Divine InnocenceHammed Al-TamimiGoodreads
119DJ RisingBook Riot
120Doctor DealerRanker
121Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted ChildrenCharles Rubin :
Moyer Foundation
Don’t Call It Love: Recovery from Sexual Addiction
Sex Addict Help
123Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down: 50 Things Every Alcoholic and Addict in Early Recovery Should KnowGeorgia W.
Harbor Village Florida
124Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life
Solutions Recovery
Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children
126Dope GirlsRanker
127Dope SickBook Riot
129Double DutyInspire Malibu
130Dream Brother: A NovelBrian MarggrafGoodreads
131DrinkingCaroline Knapp
Above It All treatment
132Drug Abuse & Memory Loss
Futures Of Palm Beach
133Drugs And The MindRanker
134Drugs and the Party LineRanker
135Drugs, Behavior, and Modern SocietyRanker
136Drugs, society and human behavior:Test Country
137Drunk MomBook Riot
138Easter Ann Peters’ Operation CoolJody Lamb (yours truly!)Jody Lamb
139Easy Way To Control AlcoholFit Recovery
140Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent Into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad HeartlandChris ThrallGoodreads
Effects of Alcoholism on the Central Nervous System
Futures Of Palm Beach
Empowering Your Sober Self; The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery
Inspire Malibu
143Essential Papers on AddictionInspire Malibu
144Even Tough Girls Wear TutusBook Riot
Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts
Clear Sky
146EvolutionFit Recovery
147Facing the Dragon: How a Desperate Act Pulled One Addict Out of Methamphetamine HellDavid ParnellGoodreads
False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction
Sex Addict Help
149Far From YouBook Riot
150Ferocity SummerBook Riot
151Gabi, A Girl in PiecesBook Riot
152Genius and Heroin:Inspire Malibu
153Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless MemoirBook Riot
154Go Ask AliceBook Riot
155GracelandElectric Literature
156Gun, Needle, SpoonElectric Literature
157Happy EndingDavid RatGoodreads
158Hazeldon Meditation Series
Luxury Rehab Center
159Health Concerns of Long-term Drug Abuse
Futures Of Palm Beach
160Hero of the Underground: A MemoirJason PeterGoodreads
161Heroin, Hurricane Katrina, and the Howling WithinEliza Player
Above It All treatment
162Hole in my LifeBook Riot
Hope and Recovery: A Twelve-Step Guide for Healing From Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Sex Addict Help
164How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True StoryBook Riot
165How Our Help Line WorksRecovery
166How to Break Your Addiction to a PersonHoward HalpernNerdy Creator
167How To Live Longer And Feel BetterFit Recovery
168How to Murder Your LifeBook Riot
169How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to ZRanker
170How To Stop Worrying And Start LivingFit Recovery
171I Swear I’ll Make It Up to YouMishka Shubaly
Above It All treatment
172I Want to Change My LifeSteven MelemisNerdy Creator
173I Wish Daddy Didn’t Drink So MuchJudith VignaJody Lamb
Ibogaine Explained: Everything You Need to Know About the World’s Most Powerful Psychedelic
Clear Sky
175Identical:Test Country
176In Hanuman’s HandsRanker
177In My Skin: A MemoirDrug Rehab
178Indian HorseBook Riot
179Inside the World of a Woman Born in PrisonBook Riot
180IntoxicationFit Recovery
181ionBook Riot
182Is It Love or is it Addiction?Sex Addict Help
It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing
Book Riot
184Jesus’ SonBook Riot
185John BarleycornBook Riot
Just for Today: Daily Meditations for Recovering Addicts
Solutions Recovery
187Last Night I Sang to the MonsterBook Riot
188Learning Not to DrownBook Riot
189Legal Problems & Alcoholism
Futures Of Palm Beach
190Less Than ZeroRanker
191Like a Diamond in the SkyShazia OmarFive Books
Lonely All the Time: Recognizing, Understanding and Overcoming Sex Addiction, for Addicts and Codependents
Sex Addict Help
193Love and addictionRanker
194Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (A Hazelden Guidebook)Jeff JayGoodreads
Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction (W. W. Norton)
Sex Addict Help
Love, Infidelity and Sexual Addiction: A Codependent’s Perspective
Sex Addict Help
Many Roads, One Journey : Moving Beyond the Twelve Steps
Sex Addict Help
198MasteryFit Recovery
199Maya’s NotebookBook Riot
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
Book Riot
201Ministry: The Lost GospelsAl JourgensenSignature Reads
202Moth SmokeMohsin HamidFive Books
203My Book of Life by AngelBook Riot
204My Rehab DiaryJames WestonGoodreads
205Nameless Indignities: Unraveling the Mystery of One of Illinois’s Most Infamous CrimesSusan ElmoreGoodreads
206NLP: The Essential GuideFit Recovery
207No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug AddictionDebra JayGoodreads
208No Room To Live A Journey From Addiction To RecoveryWynford Ellis OwenGoodreads
209Not This TimeRanker
210NWBook Riot
211On the RoadJack KerouacFive Books
212Only the Devil Tells the TruthJake ParentGoodreads
213Opiate Addiction – Reclaim Your Real Life: (Accelerate Opiate Withdrawal – Don’t Give Up, Your Life Is Worth It and There is Hope)Clark MeyerGoodreads
Opiate Addiction: The Painkiller Epidemic, Heroin Addiction, and the Way Out
Clear Sky
215Orange Is the New BlackPiper KermanGoodreads
216OulanemPaul MajkutGoodreads
217Out of ReachBook Riot
Luxury Rehab Center
PATHWAYS from the Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery
Inspire Malibu
220Pill HeadJoshua Lyon
Above It All treatment
221Pillbillies (Pillbillies, #1)K.L. RandisGoodreads
Pornified: How Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families
Sex Addict Help
223Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A MemoirBill CleggGoodreads
224Postcards from the EdgeBook Riot
225Prozac NationElizabeth WurtzelSober Nation
226Rabbit EarsBook Riot
227Raiders NightBook Riot
Reclaiming Goddess Sexuality, The Power of the Feminine Way
Sex Addict Help
229Reclaiming VIRTUE:Inspire Malibu
Recovery Renewal: Your Essential Guide to Overcoming Dependency and Withdrawal from Sleeping Pills, Other ‘Benzo’ Tranquillisers and Antidepressants
Drug Rehab
231Recovery RoadBook Riot
232Recovery: Freedom from Our AddictionsDrug Rehab
233Reefer MadnessRanker
Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
Sex Addict Help
235Rethinking Substance Abuse:Inspire Malibu
Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior
Drug Rehab
237RewiredErica SpiegelmanNerdy Creator
238Rewriting Life Scripts: Transformational Recovery for Families of AddictsLiliane DesjardinsGoodreads
239Running with ScissorsAugusten BurroughsSober Nation
240Saint IggyBook Riot
241Saying YesRanker
242Scar TissueDrug Rehab
Services Research in the Era of Managed Care
244Sex Addiction: Case Studies and ManagementSex Addict Help
245ShardsBook Riot
246SirensBook Riot
247SmackBook Riot
248SmashedKoren Zailckas
Above It All treatment
249Smashed: Story of a Drunken GirlhoodKoren ZailckasSober Nation
250Sober Identity by Lisa Neumann
Luxury Rehab Center
Social Work With Drug And Substance Misusers
252Something in the WayPreston PeetGoodreads
253Son of a TricksterBook Riot
254Songs Only You KnowSean Madigan HoenSignature Reads
255Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction. A Journey from Dependence and Despair to Awakening, Wholeness, Sobriety, and SuccessEster NicholsonGoodreads
256State of emergencyRanker
Step Up: Unpacking Steps 1-3 with Someone Who’s Been There
Drug Rehab
258Stoney the PonyLinda Myers :
Moyer Foundation
259Stop the Chaos WorkbookInspire Malibu
260Storming HeavenRanker
261Symptoms of Withdrawal
Solutions Recovery
262Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery: Twenty True Stories from the SoulBarbara SinorGoodreads
263Tall TalesKaren DayJody Lamb
264Teen drug abuseRanker
265Teenage DegenerateS.C. SterlingGoodreads
Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism
Book Riot
267The 6 Pillars Of Self-EsteemFit Recovery
268The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time IndianBook Riot
269The Acid DiaryDaniel S. FletcherGoodreads
The Addiction Workbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Quitting Alcohol and Drugs:
Test Country
271The Addictive Organization:Inspire Malibu
272The Addictive PersonalityCraig NakkenNerdy Creator
273The AlchemistPaul CoelhoFive Books
274The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure:Test Country
275The Bitter Taste of DyingBook Riot
276The Brown BottlePenny Jones :
Moyer Foundation
The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality, and the Road to Recovery
Clear Sky
278The Curse of LonoBook Riot
279The Dance of Anger
Solutions Recovery
280The Emperor Wears No ClothesRanker
The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery
Solutions Recovery
The Fix: Under the Nixon Administration, America Had an Effective Drug Policy. We Should Restore It. (Nixon Was Right)
283The Forever Fight: On Drugs, Alcohol and the Cycle of AddictionK.J. GordonGoodreads
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Solutions Recovery
285The Fuck-UpArthur NersesianGoodreads
286The Girl Behind the Painted Smile: My battle with the bottleCatherine LockwoodGoodreads
287The Girl on the TrainBook Riot
288The Glass CastleBook Riot
289The Globalization of AddictionInspire Malibu
290The Good HouseBook Riot
291The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug AddictionBeth BurgessGoodreads
The Harder They Fall: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery
Book Riot
293The Hate U GiveBook Riot
294The Hidden KeysBook Riot
295The Impossible Knife of MemoryBook Riot
296The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s AddictionSandra SwensonGoodreads
297The Lesser Spotted AddictDaniel GroenewaldGoodreads
298The LightRobert HammondGoodreads
299The Los Angeles DiariesJames Brown
Above It All treatment
300The Man With the Golden ArmNelson AlgrenSignature Reads
301The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Natural Mental HealthWilliam JiangGoodreads
302The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: A Practical Guide to Regaining Control Over Your LifeLawrence Peltz
Harbor Village Florida
303The MisfortunatesBook Riot
304The Mood CureFit Recovery
305The natural mindRanker
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Book Riot
307The Orange Eats CreepsBook Riot
308The phoenix solutionRanker
The Pleasure Addicts: The Addictive Process–Food, Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, Work, and More
Sex Addict Help
310The politics of heroinRanker
The Secret of Life: Commonsense Advice for Uncommon Women
The Secret Sin: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
Sex Addict Help
The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life
Sex Addict Help
314The ShiningBook Riot
315The Sitting Swing: Finding Wisdom to Know the DifferenceIrene WatsonGoodreads
316The Spectacular NowBook Riot
317The Spirituality of Imperfection:Inspire Malibu
318The Splendid Things We PlannedBook Riot
319The Taste Of MetalJoe HnidaGoodreads
320The Tender BarBook Riot
321The Tennis PartnerBook Riot
322The Trip to Echo SpringOlivia LaingSignature Reads
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by Alcoholics Anonymous
Luxury Rehab Center
The Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
Book Riot
325The Undiscovered SelfFit Recovery
326The Vitamin Cure For AlcoholismFit Recovery
327The Year of My Miraculous ReappearanceBook Riot
328Think And Grow RichFit Recovery
329This Naked Mind: Alcohol Exposed Drink Less, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness And Change Your Life.Annie GraceGoodreads
330Time SalvagerBook Riot
331Toward a Psychology of BeingAbraham H. Maslow
Harbor Village Florida
Trauma and Recovery; The aftermath of violence
Inspire Malibu
333Treating Addicted Survivors of TraumaSex Addict Help
334Truth and BeautyAnn PatchettSignature Reads
335Unlimited PowerFit Recovery
336unSweetinedJodie Sweetin, Jon Warech
Above It All treatment
337Unwasted: My Lush SobrietyBook Riot
338Up and Down the MountainPamela Leib HigginsJody Lamb
Up from Down: A True Story of Recovery from Addiction
Drug Rehab
340Valley of the DollsBook Riot
341Very LeFreakBook Riot
342Waiting For NormalLeslie ConnorJody Lamb
343Wake Up SirBook Riot
344What’s Left of UsRichard FarrellGoodreads
345When A Family Is In TroubleMarge HeegaardJody Lamb
346When AA Doesn’t Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting AlcoholAlbert EllisSober Nation
347When Painkillers Become DangerousRanker
348Where it BeganBook Riot
350Why marijuana should be legalRanker
351WildCheryl Strayed
Above It All treatment
352Wishes and Worries: Coping with a Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcoholthe Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthJody Lamb
353Wishful DrinkingCarrie Fisher
Above It All treatment
Women, Sex, and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power
Sex Addict Help
355Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak about Addiction and DependencyDiana RaabGoodreads
356Writing on drugsRanker
357You Are Not Your BrainFit Recovery
358Your Brain on PornGary WilsonNerdy Creator
359Zoo Station: The Story of Christiane F.Christiane F.Goodreads

24 Best Addiction Book Sources/Lists

Above It All treatment The 20 Best Addiction & Recovery Memoirs – Above It All Treatment …
Book Riot 100 Must-Read Books About Addiction – Book Riot
Clear Sky Recovery 12 Must Read Books on Addiction and Recovery
Drug Rehab 14 Books About Addiction and Recovery –
Electric Literature Six Powerful Books about Addiction and Recovery That Will Make You …
Fit Recovery Best Books For Alcoholism – Top 20 Books To Transcend Addiction …
Five Books The Best Books on Drug Addiction | Five Books
Futures Of Palm Beach 5 Best Books on Addiction – Futures of Palm Beach
Goodreads Best Addiction Books (62 books) – Goodreads
Harbor Village Florida Top 5 Addiction Recovery Books – Harbor Village Detox
Inspire Malibu Top 25 Books On Drug and Alcohol Addiction – Inspire Malibu
Jody Lamb Best books for children about addiction – Jody Lamb
Luxury Rehab Center The 10 Best Books about Addiction – Luxury Drug & Alcohol Rehab …
Moyer Foundation Top 10 Books on Addiction | Moyer Foundation
Nerdy Creator Best Books on Addiction Recovery | Nerdy Creator Bookclub
New Start Recovery 5 Best Books on Addiction and Recovery – New Start Recovery
Ranker Drug Addiction Books: List of Books About Drug Addiction – Ranker
Recovery 6 Essential Books for Those with an Addicted Loved One –
Sex Addict Help Resource Books – Recommended Reading – Sex Addiction Therapy …
Signature Reads Kicking the Habit: 10 of the Best Books on Addiction – Signature Reads
Sober Nation 10 Best Books on Addiction and Recovery – Sober Nation
Solutions Recovery Recommended Reading for Addiction Recovery – Solutions Recovery
Test Country Top 10 Best Books For Addiction Recovery – TestCountry
Work It Health 6 Best Books on Addiction To Break Down Stigma and Open Your …