Recommended Reading & Viewing
The journey out of addiction and into recovery is not easy. It takes work. One of the keys to finding hope and success is in equipping yourself for the road ahead. Below you will find a variety of print and media resources that can help you in your pursuit of healing.
- ADDICTION - Why can't they just stop? An HBO 14-Part Series. Several of the nation's leading experts on drug and alcohol addiction, together with a group of accomplished filmmakers, have assembled to create ADDICTION, an unprecedented documentary aimed at helping Americans understand addiction as treatable brain disease. Visit HBO.com/addiction to watch an excerpt.
- Forever Changed - A true story that may SAVE YOUR LIFE. Did you ever tell yourself that you were fine to drive after drinking and that accidents only happened to "other people"? Tom Melin referred to himself as a professional drunk driver. He began driving under the influence of alcohol at the age of 16 and never thought twice about the consequences until his life was forever changed. To watch an excerpt, visit foreverchangedllc.com.
To learn about the basics of addiction:
- Willpower's Not Enough - Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind, by Arnold Washton and Donna Boundy
- The Recovery Book, by Al J. Mooney, M.D., Arlene Eisenberg and Howard Eisenberg.
- Alcoholics Anonymous - Big Book. The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism. If you would like to read it on-line click here.
- Twenty-Four Hours A Day. Features an inspirational thought, meditation, and prayer for each day of the year, Twenty-Four Hours A Day offers you encouragement, support, and wisdom to help you continue your path to spiritual and personal growth.
- Twelve Step Sponsorship - How it works, by Hamilton B. A practical guide to the basics of sponsorship to include both finding a sponsor and becoming a sponsor. An easy to read step-by-step presentation.
Resources for family members:
- Love First - A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism & Drug Addiction, by Jeff and Debra Jay. This book is easy to read and is filled with valuable information about addiction in general, codependency, and practical steps for helping your addicted loved one.
- Reclaim Your Family from Addiction - How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning, by Craig Nakken. This book explains how the addiction process moves through the entire family and shows us a path a family can follow to move into recovery.
- Boundaries - When to say YES, when to say NO, to take control of your life, by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In this book, Cloud and Townsend look at how to create healthy boundaries in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of our life.
- One Day at a Time in Al-Anon. A full year of short daily readings for family members or friends with addicted loved ones.
- Straight Talk - What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Drugs and Alcohol, by Claudia Black.
- A Hunger for Healing - The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth, by J. Keith Miller. This an easy to follow plan for moving through the twelve steps. A companion workbook is also available.
- The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse, by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen. Discover how to identify spiritual abuse and to move out of a spiritually abusive environment.
- The Lies We Believe- The #1 Cause of Our Unhappiness, by Dr. Chris Thurman. Discover how to identify the common lies we believe about ourselves and how to move past them.
- The Life Recovery Bible, published by Tyndale. Features the New Living Translation of the Bible and includes recovery profiles, twelve step devotionals, and recovery principles found in the scriptures.
- The Healing Path - How the hurts in your past can lead you to a more abundant life, by Dan Allender. None of us escape the heartache and disappointments of life. To live is to hurt, and we all have the wounds to prove it. Regardless of how we've been hurt, we all face a common question: What should we do with our pain?
- I Can't be an Addict, I'm a Christian, by Melinda Fish. A great resource explaining addiction in broad terms. It's no longer in print, but copies are available from numerous book distributors on the web.