National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, and another day to celebrate addiction recovery. Here is our list of great reads about overcoming addiction.

Off the Rails by Susan Burrowes

Told from both the perspectives of a daughter with an opioid use disorder and mother coping with her daughter’s addiction, Burrowes writes about the wilderness journey and Residential Treatment program that helped her daughter and her family overcome addiction.

The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

Jamison maps out her road to alcohol use disorder recovery with her landmark life experiences and the books she carried with her along the way. She discusses the conflict of substance use in the arts and the power of rewriting the narrative appealing to alcohol or drugs as necessary fuel for creativity.

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

Salon editor and writer Sarah Hepola starts to take back the time, relationships and life that alcohol had taken from her in hours of blackouts.

The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins

After a drug-related accidental homicide, Dawkins writes from prison about the lives and issues of the people within and beyond prison walls in these fictional short stories. He addresses the connection between substance use disorders and mental illness and incarceration throughout the collection.

Being Sober and Becoming Happy by Dr. John MacDougall

In this book, MacDougall shares his personal journey to recovery and the lessons he’s learned over the course of his life. MacDougall focuses on spirituality throughout the book and how he believes it impacts happiness and sobriety. MacDougall also recently spoke about his life and book at Gateway Foundation.

Now What? An insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery by William Cope Moyers

After his own battle with addiction, Moyers attempts to answer the question that many people in recovery face after completing treatment: Now what?

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Knapp recaps her 20-year battle with alcohol addiction. She begins with how she fell in love with drinking, her armor to protect herself from the bad things in her life – until everything fell apart.

The Night of the Gun by David Carr

As a journalist for The New York Times, Carr spent the majority of his life writing about other people and their stories. In this book, he writes about his own story – his past and his battle with drug addiction.

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

In this book, Quinones explores the opioid crisis and the toll it has taken on millions of people across the United States. Quinones traces the origin of crisis, including the influx of black tar heroin into the country and the lack of oversight in prescribing medication.

Recovery: Freedom From our Addictions by Russell Brand

While sharing his own battles, Brand reaches out to those who are struggling with a variety of addictions. In this book, Brand not only offer his guide and tools that helped him with his recovery, but he also encourages people to think about the potential underlying causes of their addiction.

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis bares all in this memoir, including his struggles with substance use and how his addiction impacted him when he was at the top of his career. This book is so popular that every time our Director of Alumni Events Marty Cook has loaned it to someone, they have kept it for themselves. (You may need to buy your own copy.)

To learn more about National Book Lovers day, give Gateway Foundation a call at 877-377-2027.

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