Recommended Books


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

2. Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family by Sharon Wegscheider Cruse

3. Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism by James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham

4. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

5. How Al Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics by Al Anon Family Groups

6. Alcoholics Anonymous: Big Book by Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Organization

7. The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction by Sandy Swenson

8. Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

9. Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of her Son’s Addiction by Libby Cataldi

10. Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else by Nancy L. Johnson

11. Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

12. The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare by Kristina Wandsilak and Constance Curry

13. The Seat of the Soul (Chapter 10 on Addiction) by Gary Zukov

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

15. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May

16. No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and
Drug Addiction by Debra Jay

17. Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home by D’Anne Burwell

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act 

Take Action!

The “What is Addiction” 4-minute explainer video illustrates the crisis we face in the United States and explains the brain science of addiction. Using a hijacker metaphor, the video demonstrates how repeated substance use can overpower the brains hardwiring, causing drug seeking behavior and changes in primary motivations. It also explains how the brain can be repaired over time and the importance of evidence based prevention and treatment.

This video is a part of Addiction A-Z, a series which translates existing resources, research, and science for families, patients, and consumers to better understand addiction and provide information to those in crisis.

Faces & Voices of Recovery: “Do We Need the Abuse?”

William White’s 2006 work The Rhetoric of Recovery Advocacy: An Essay on the Power of Language is a powerful paper that suggests an essential focus for our recovery community work. He analyses the impact of the language that we apply to ourselves and that has been assigned to us by others.

Language helps to define us to ourselves, and shapes how others define us. Social policies and laws that are influenced by public perception are a result.

Those existing policies and perceptions reinforce the barriers to recovery of which we are all aware. One of the primary underlying causes of those barriers is the stigma associated with substance use disorders. That stigma has been shaped, in large part, by words.

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