Carrie Fisher, Augusten Burroughs, Leslie Jamison: 15 great recovery memoirs

Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. Freefall deals with some really heavy issues facing a lot of young adults, and because this is one of the few books I’ve ever picked up where the hero is into rockabilly and physcobilly. This book is also very age-appropriate, so it can be enjoyed by a wider audience than my books and some of my more grown-up recommendations.

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  • That and magnetic performers hurling themselves into the addict roles.
  • Today, some of my favorite works of fiction are those which manage to portray the complex multitudes of ways in which alcoholism affects people—not just the addicts themselves, but their friends, family, and co-workers.
  • High Achiever offers hope and inspiration and a raw and page-turning read.

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‘quit lit’ to change how you think about addiction. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional. Dove “Birdie” Randolph is doing her best to be a perfect daughter. She’s focusing on her schoolwork and is on track to finish high school at the top of her class.

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It can provide ongoing reminders of why you’re making a change, and give you new tools to incorporate as you continue on your journey. Plus, you’ll get to read beautiful writing, and expand your worldview and perspectives. If you’re looking for more sobriety resources, check out Monument’s therapist-moderated alcohol support groups and anonymous online forum.

  • Winning career accolades by day and drinking at night, Knapp brings you to the netherworld of alcohol use disorder.
  • Michael Matthews has a knack for making complex subjects easy to understand.
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  • Highsmith manages to humanely portray a murdering, rich, hapless drunk so that near the end, one inevitably feels more complicated and ravaged by both Highsmith and Bruno’s trickery.
  • Quit Like a Woman takes a groundbreaking look at America’s obsession with alcohol.

Genetic factors, environmental influences, cultural norms, belief systems, and a lack of alternative coping mechanisms can all factor into the risk of developing alcoholism. The key message of this book is that you have the power to transform your thought processes and your life. Mainstream recovery programs have very little to say about personal achievement.

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This is a recovery and redemption novel about forgiveness, full of warmth and compassion, which stirs the heart as it navigates sensitive topics delicately yet realistically. The riveting sobriety journey of Eric, an alcoholic newly recovering in AA, who falls in love with Lily, a woman haunted by memories of domestic abuse. For more books about alcoholism and addiction, check out this list of 100 must-read books about addiction. Ann Dowsett Johnston combines in-depth research and her own story of recovery in this important book about the relationship between women and alcohol. Drink brings to light the increase in DUIs, “drunkorexia” (limiting eating to get drunker), and other health problems among young women in the United States. She started sneaking sips from her parents’ wine glasses as a kid, and went through adolescence drinking more and more.

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addiction memoirs I wish I had when I got sober. They have unwanted pregnancies, alcohol and drug problems, dysfunctional romances, horrible jobs, no jobs, glorious aspirations, and inglorious resolutions. Hemmingson writes short, plain sentences reminiscent of Carver and Hemingway – but with little macho bluster and much sensitivity.

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That said, a distinctive setting and imaginative narrative embellishment can make the desolation of unhealthy dependency compelling. That and magnetic performers hurling themselves into the addict roles. Former “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas shares her story of anxiety and alcohol use disorder in this compelling memoir. Between Breaths reveals how she lived in denial and secrecy for years before finally entering rehab and a life of sobriety.

Winning career accolades by day and drinking at night, Knapp brings you to the netherworld of alcohol use disorder. This book can provide great value for the person who has quit drinking and still does not feel good on a daily basis. Anxiety, depression, and cravings are not a sustainable way of life, nor are they inevitable symptoms of a permanent disease.

Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour

White thoughtfully explores boundaries, emotional regulation, body image, shame, and self-care in a way that’s actionable and accessible. The book is short, easy to read, and will leave you with some immediate tools for addressing Most people with alcohol and drug addiction survive social situations, sex, and friendship while navigating an alcohol-free lifestyle. This powerful memoir follows Cain’s life as she navigates a substance use disorder, incarceration, and sex work over the course of 19 years.