Those who are in recovery often seek inspiration for their journey, ideas and encouragements that will keep them on the path to sobriety and help them live a fulfilling life. One place to find such inspiration is on the dusty shelves of the local library or bookstore. Self-help and inspirational books are among some of the best-selling titles in the U.S., as thousands of recovering addicts and their loved ones turn to the words of those who have gone before for help and support.
If you are looking for an inspirational read to help you get through the difficulties of the recovery process, consider picking up one of these titles on your next trip to the bookstore.
“The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
First published in the 1950s, this classic book has been read by millions who want to harness the power of their own minds to live a more optimistic life. The book combines human psychology with Christian faith-based examples and narrative to provide strategies and ideas for dealing with modern problems in a constructive and positive way.
“The Ultimate Happiness Prescription” by Deepak Chopra
Spiritual guru Chopra has written more than 60 books dealing with mind-body wellness, and this book, released in 2009, helps readers reach the ever elusive goal of happiness. In this book, you’ll learn strategies for maintaining your joy and happiness in spite of the trials and tribulations of everyday life, including exercises that you can do each day to eliminate the causes of unhappiness and get to the heart of a more joyful existence.
“The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck
When it was first published over thirty years ago, “The Road Less Traveled” became an instant classic, guiding an entire generation in their quest to find their authentic selves. Author Peck guides readers in developing more loving and healthy relationships, as well as navigating the difficult processes of spiritual growth to reach a better self-understanding.
“Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior” by Mark Goulston
It could be argued that addiction is the ultimate self-defeating behavior, but often, it’s the issues behind the addiction that are the real problem. Goulston’s popular, easy-to-read guide helps you identify the behaviors that cause negativity in your life and provides strategies for dealing with them. The book covers everything from relationships with parents and friends to how you handle life’s problems; it also provides an excellent starting point for identifying the areas where you need more intensive work.
“Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul Daily Inspirations”
With millions of copies sold, there’s no denying that the Chicken Soup series is a bona fide inspirational phenomenon. In this installment of the popular series, there are 365 short daily devotions on a variety of universal recovery themes, designed to give addicts a small dose of inspiration to help them take live “one day at a time.”
“Full Recovery: Creating an Action Plan for Life Beyond Sobriety” by Brian McAlister
For someone in recovery, kicking the dependence is just one part of the story. After maintaining a life of sobriety for some time, it’s important to have a plan for a fulfilling life and dealing with the issues that are bound to come up in daily life. This book helps addicts come up with an action plan to help them move forward and reach their full potential.
“Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts” by Beverly Conyers
For most addicts, recovery doesn’t happen in a vacuum: their friends and family need to learn strategies and get inspiration for the challenges that they face in helping a loved one with an addiction. This book helps families in the first year of recovery, giving them ideas on ways to be supportive and build new relationships with their recovering loved one.
“12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery” by Allen Berger, Ph.D
One of the primary goals of any recovering addict is to avoid relapse; this book helps give them strategies to do just that. Author Berger outlines some of the most common causes for relapse and provides tools and tips for preventing these from occurring in everyday life. The book focuses on self-awareness and making good choices, and is highly recommended by rehabilitation professionals for those who want to maintain their sobriety well after leaving rehab.
These are just a few of the hundreds of recovery-focused self-help titles on bookstore shelves. Spend some time exploring your local bookstore or library and look for a book or two that applies to your situation and needs; chances are there is a book out there that contains just the information you need to help you stay clean and sober.
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