Recovery from alcohol abuse and alcoholism is a long journey that may have many bumps along the way. Although rehab and addiction treatment is the first stage in recovery, and arguably the most important, long-term recovery from alcohol abuse and alcoholism requires a long-term commitment to staying clean.
The most successful recoveries tend to occur with individuals who look for ways to inspire and motivate themselves to live a better life even after they’ve been through a rehab program for addiction treatment. Many people find that inspiration that can be found in their everyday activities and loved ones, but there are many sources of inspiration and it’s helpful to have more than one.
Some people in recovery from alcohol abuse and alcoholism find inspiration and motivation to remain sober from books. Here are some books that others have found quite helpful when they need that extra kick to keep them going and keep them on the track to long-term recovery.
Recovery Reading for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. At first glance, this book may seem like it is not a book on recovery. However, it is the perfect book for inspiration. With numerous lessons of natural living and simplicity, this book is full of inspiration that can be very helpful for someone in the process of a major life change.
First Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is Everything by Guy Kettelhack. This is also a very helpful book for people recovering from alcohol abuse and alcoholism. This book is dedicated to helping people through their first year of sobriety. It is not so much a self-help book, but a book that unites people going through the same problems because of addiction. It helps to share the story!
Keep It Simple: Daily Meditations For Twelve-Step Beginnings And Renewal, from the Hazelden Meditation Series. This book focuses on keeping things simple through a 12 step process. This series of books can help remind you of the wonderful things in your life that make each day a blessing.
Full Recovery: Creating a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety by Brian McAlister. There is life after getting sober, and everyone in recovery has the opportunity for a healthy and productive life. After maintaining your sobriety from alcohol abuse and alcoholism for some time, this is a good way to gain insight on where to go from here.
12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery by Allen Berger. This is a great read for continuing your sobriety after the initial stages. There are things that can lead you to relapse or make it difficult to remain sober that you may not recognize or that you may forget if it has been a long time since your last addiction meeting.
Part of alcohol abuse and alcoholism recovery is keeping yourself inspired and motivated to continue your sober lifestyle and healthier life. These books are just a few of the many that can help you gain insight and focus during the process. What would you add to the list? What would you remove?
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