If you’re in sober living and you have the opportunity to read, check out one or more of the following books. They can provide you insight, inspiration, and motivation toward reaching your recovery goals.

Nonfiction Books

Self help books are a common way to find answers, tips, and techniques for overcoming addiction. Here are a list of nonfiction books you might find useful.

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, and Nicole Kosanke

Almost Alcoholic – Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drinking a Problem by Joseph Nowinski, PhD and Robert Doyle MD

Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J Meyers PhD and Brenda L Wolfe

Recovery Options: The Complete Guide by Joseph Wolpicelli MD PhD

Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems – Advice from those who have Succeeded by Anne Fletcher

The Small Book by Jack Trimpey LCSW

When AA Doesn’t Work for You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol by Albert Ellis PhD and Emmett Velten PhD

Recover: Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with the PERFECT Program by Stanton Peele and Isle Thompson

Sex, Drugs, Gambling, and Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions by A. Thomas Horvath PhD

Powerless No Longer: Reprogramming Your Addictive Behavior by Peter W. Soderman and Michael Werner

Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol by Michael Edelstein and Will Ross

365 Ways to Have Fun Sober by Lisa M Hann

AA: Not the Only Way- Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12 Step Alternatives by Melanie Solomon

Alcohol: How to Give it Up and Be Glad you Did by Philip Tate PhD

First Year Sobriety: When All that Changes is Everything by Guy Kettelhack

Full Recovery: Creation a Personal Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety by Brian McAlister

Stage II Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction by Earnie Larsen

12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery by Dr. Allen Berger

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book Anonymous

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Fiction books can also be inspirational. There are many novels that describe addiction and a person’s journey to sobriety and through recovery.  Here is a list to check out:

Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

In the Drink by Kate Christensen

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

A Fan’s Notes – A Fictional Memoir by Frederick Exley

Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

Party Girl by Anna David

Money by Martin Amis

Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks

Less than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

Books can be life changing for some people. When you’re in your recovery, reading one or more of the above books may indeed significantly affect your life.