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9 Must-Read Books On Substance Abuse | Best Books On Substance Abuse

This article showcases our top picks for the ‘Best Books On Substance Abuse’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

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The Big Fix by Tracey Helton Mitchell

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There is no other better way to learn the truth about drug addiction than to see it through the perspective of a person who really suffered from it. This is the story that would be shared by the author of this book who braved the world to rebuild her life and dreams.


Alcoholics Anonymous by Anonymous

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Alocoholics Anonymous is a must have book for somebody beginning their journey on defeating substance abuse. Although the stories surround alcohol in particular, it is still highly relatable and inspiring to anybody struggling with a substance abuse. The books power is quite clearly spoken about in recovery circles where it is often refered to as ‘The Big Book’ and alongside its shared stories of people, also sets out cornerstones to help readers set themselves up in understanding the journey, and tools they can use for success.


Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine

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Levine, the author and a Buddhist teacher, adapts the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight-Fold Path in this masterpiece. It provides a systematic method based on Buddhist principles integrating scientific, non-theistic, and psychological insight. According to the author, addictions are cravings of the mind and the body. With this, Levine provides a path of meditative awareness to help readers ease their sufferings from drug abuse. I think this is a very effective book about addiction as it doesn’t just explain where a man’s addiction comes from, but it also provides a systematic way of how he would overcome it.


Chasing a Flawed Sun by Daniel McGhee

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Chasing a Flawed Sun

This is a true story and transparent story of the life of a young man in America, who, like many of our lost youth, found his way into the drug culture. This story is an autopsy into the mind, heart, and soul of an addict.


Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

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It offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addictions are learning disorders and show how seeing the condition this way can untangle our current debates over treatment, prevention, and policy.


Seeking Safety by Lisa M. Najavits

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The volume is designed for maximum ease of use with a large format, lay-flat binding, and helpful reproducible therapist sheets and handouts.


One by One by Nicholas Bush

This product was recommended by Gregory Henry from Apollo Publishers

I recommend this book because it is among the most harrowing of addiction memoirs that I’ve read. Author Nicholas Bush lost not one but two of his siblings to addiction before he was finally able to get sober himself. He now works with addicts and criminals in halfway houses and prisons to help them turn their own lives around. He has also written articles related to opioid addiction for USA Today, PBS, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Journal.


I Married A Junkie by Dr. Cali Estes

This product was recommended by Cali Estes from The Addictions Coach

This is a unique book about a clinical psychologist and addictions expert (named The Female Dr. Drew) building her private practice and working with celebrities, NBA, and NFL, and she was blindsided by her husband using heroin. After 3 overdoses, a time of death call, a carjacking and 7 auto accidents, he got sober. This is their journey together and how they overcame the addiction as a team.


Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

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It contains a very cautionary tale that will take the reader into what a drug user really goes through and feels. It focuses on a tale based on heroin use. How it started to avoid sadness but instead took the main character into another level of sadness. It shows how much there is to loose with drugs. It shows the pain of the loss of a loved one.


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