If you think you have a problem with alcohol or know someone who does, you are not alone. There’s no such thing as too much help when you’re recovering from an addiction. If you’re ready to leave no stone unturned on your journey to recovery then this list is for you.
You’ll find help for every step along the way with these books on alcoholism.
The AA Big Book – AA
Naturally this AA text comes top of the list of books on alcoholism. The Big Book is your ultimate introduction to Alcoholics Anonymous, its history and how it works.
If you are still grappling with defining yourself as an alcoholic, go straight to page 277. These stories are often painful, but they offer different real-life scenario’s so that you can see how/if you relate to the struggles people with this addiction have to face, and often one finds great relief in finding other people with the same issues.
Keeping the Big Book close at hand throughout your journey, along with regular attendance at AA meetings, will help to smooth your road to recovery.
Just for Today – AA
Along with your Big Book, Just for Today is essential to keep you on the straight and narrow, providing inspirational readings and meditations for your daily life.
These daily readings are often used as a point of discussion for 12-step meetings, so you can prepare in advance if you are self-conscious about sharing.
Just for Today is a wonderful reminder that recovery takes place one day at a time.
The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck
“Life is difficult” – the opening line of this book defines the important principle of acceptance, which is integral to sobriety. While The Road Less Travelled, is not specifically geared towards addicts, it has been embraced by the sober community as a tool for understanding and dealing with reality.
This book will help you to move away from the sense that fate is out to get you and point you in the direction of spiritual growth and serenity.
Published by Alcoholics Anonymous, Living Sober is another essential guide for the recovering alcoholic. It is one of the most practically-oriented books on alcoholism, and is particularly helpful for the addict who has just entered the program.
Living Sober covers complacency-centered topics that are old hat to those with a couple of years under their belt, such as ‘avoiding the first drink’ and ‘staying clear of drinking occasions’. These are topics that you may feel you should know the answer too, or simply didn’t think of.
It’s a great read for all addicts but especially those who are a too self-conscious to ask about these issues outright.
Getting Off – Veronique A Perrier Mandall
An hour spent with Don Tait is an inspiration in itself, his life story is something else. Follow his amazing journey from fame and glory to despair and back again in Getting Off.
Once a high-rolling defence lawyer in Canada, Don’s addiction led to not one but two falls from grace – the second coming after more than 20 years of sobriety.
Discover how he wound up under at table in Costa Rica after a failed attempt at suicide, wracked by the effects of alcohol and drugs, and follow him as grace leads him home to a recovery centre in South Africa.
Here he continues to spread hope and insight with his inimitable daily lessons on spirituality.
Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery – Bill Clegg
This book will help to fill the void that a recovering alcoholic feels when they leave rehab. Written with candour and emotion, 90 Days draws the reader into the everyday struggles, temptations and failures of staying sober.
It’s the ultimate guide to taking those first steps on your own and a great read even for those who haven’t yet entered a rehabilitation facility.
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood – Koren Zailckas
This one is not just for the ladies. It’s a book that will make you sit up and realize just where you’ve come from or where you are now.
Honestly written, Smashed delves into the heart-breaking loneliness and self-doubt experienced by drunken young women everywhere.
You too may find hope in this poignant telling of the highs and lows of addiction and how to end the cycle.
When AA Doesn’t Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol – Albert Ellis
If you stop listening when you hear the words ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’, that’s okay. Pick up this alternative approach to dealing with addiction instead.
This is one of those books on alcoholism that takes a self-help approach to healing yourself from within with positive thinking, visualization and self-care.
If You Need More Help than Books on Alcoholism can Offer
Let’s face it, if you are wondering whether you may have a drinking problem, then you’re probably already drinking too much. Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic, but if you feel like it’s affecting your life in any way, then a good place to start is to find out more about it.
You can find out more about addiction recovery on this website, or elsewhere online. The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone, and help is out there – you just need to ask.