Recommended Books 
Though no list is ever complete with the vast amount of material out there... The following is a list of some of our favorite life stories of addictions: Where these people where, what it was like, and what it is like for them. This list is followed by educational books on addiction, codependency, and mental health. (Alphabetical order by author):



Addiction Memoirs and Autobiographies:

Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith by Aerosmith and Stephen Davis

​Dry: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs

​The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life. His own. by David Carr **

Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton **


A Bar On Every Corner: Sobering Up in a Tempting World by Jack Erdmann

I Want My Life Back by Steven Hamilton

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman **

The Big Fight: My life in and out of the ring by Sugar Ray Leonard

Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism by George McGovern **


Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemptionby William Cope Moyers and Katherine Ketcham

Dr. Snow: How the FBI Nailed an Ivy League Coke King by Carol Saline

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addictionby Davis Sheff * **

​Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetaminesby Nic Sheff * **
* These two books show an interesting comparison and perspective of the disease of addiction from the son/addict and fathers viewpoints.


More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addictionby Elizabeth Wurtzel **

** Highly Recommended



Addiction (General):


Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book, 4th Edition **

How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friendsby Al-Anon Family Groups

Codependant No Moreby Melody Beattie **

Uppers, Downers, and All Arounders
by Darryl S. Inaba and William E. Cohen

When Painkillers Become Dangerous:What everyone needs to know about OxyCotin and other Prescription Drugs by Dr. Drew Pinsky **

Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography by Dominic Streatfeild

** Highly Recommended


Mental Health:


My Sacred Circle: Mandala Journal by Mia Barkan Clarke

Coloring Mandalas 2
by Susanne F. Fincher

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Skin Game: A Memoir
by Caroline Kettlewell

​The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What you and your family need to know by David J. Miklowitz **

​Cracked: Life on the Edge in a Rehab Clinic
by Dr. Drew Pinsky **

The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America by Dr. Drew Pinsky

Prozac Nation by Elizaeth Wurtzel **




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