Many adults nowadays suffer from alcoholism, or the inability to stop drinking because of a physical and psychological dependence on the drug. 14.4 million persons aged 18 and up were found to have an alcohol use disorder in a 2018 poll (AUD). An individual’s health can be adversely affected by alcoholism, as well as the influence it has on their family and friends.
A licensed therapist can assist you if you’re having trouble controlling your drinking. Therapists and couples therapists can also help those who are living with an alcoholic.
These books on alcoholism and recovery may assist if you’re seeking for guidance, a starting point, or just want to know that you’re not alone in your journey.
This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life, by Annie Grace
Annie Grace’s book about alcoholism, which is both a narrative and a practical guide based on scientific research, is written with clarity, insight, and kindness. Some alcoholics may be reluctant to give up drinking because they believe that a sober life will be boring and miserable. A life without alcohol is a life without cravings or compulsions, and Grace encourages her readers to think about it.
Grace would know, as she was the president of a multinational corporation and a high-functioning alcoholic. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help others reclaim their lives.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
When discussing alcoholism, it’s impossible to avoid bringing up Alcoholics Anonymous and the Big Book. In either case, you can get your hands on the book here to take to your meetings or read it before making up your mind whether or not it’s the right fit for you.
Understanding Alcoholism as a Brain Disease: Book 2 of the ‘A Prescription for Alcoholics – Medications for Alcoholism’ Book Series, by Linda Burlison
It is not a matter of personal character that one becomes addicted to alcohol, but rather a matter of brain science. Alcoholism treatment options range from full abstinence to judicious moderation, and this book delves into the science behind each.
Please check your doctor before taking any medication or following any medical advise.
We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, by Laura McKowen
It seemed to author Laura McKowen that those who were able to enjoy a glass or two on the side were “fortunate.” Her alcoholism and the subsequent realization that compelled her to face it were anything from fortunate.
She learned, however, that being able to live openly and honestly, to feel the full weight of her emotions, was the luckiest thing in the world to learn from her recovery process.
Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, by Ann Dowsett Johnston
Binge drinking among women is on the rise due to sociological, economic, and psychological issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result of her extensive reporting and personal experience with alcoholism, journalist Anne Dowsett Johnston sheds light on the industry and society that profit from women’s drinking.
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a happy, healthy, wealthy alcohol-free life, by Catherine Gray
Weddings, holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions are all celebrated with a large amount of alcohol consumption. When a drinker decides to stop drinking, it can be difficult to separate the sense of celebration from sobriety.
Why do we drink, how widespread it is, and what new possibilities open up when we dare to discover joy in the unexpected are all explored in this intelligent book.
Take Control of Your Drinking: A Practical Guide to Alcohol Moderation, Sobriety, and When to Get Professional Help, by Michael S. Levy
Because drinking is so common, the only way to receive help is to admit you’re a drunk and vow to never drink again. In his 35-year career, addiction specialist Michael S. Levy has found that many can successfully moderate with professional counseling, even though he agrees that is extremely successful for the majority of people.
This book aims to assist you in determining whether or not you need moderation or complete abstinence.
The Sober Lush: A Hedonist’s Guide to Living a Decadent, Adventurous, Soulful Life–Alcohol Free, by Jardine Libaire & Amanda Eyre Ward
Compared to the other books on this list, this one is likely to seem out of place, but bear with us. For many alcoholics, the fear of missing out on “all life has to offer” is a major obstacle to quitting alcohol. To put it another way, many people believe that having fun is impossible without alcoholic beverages. Authors Jardine Libaire and Amanda Eyre Ward certainly felt that way. To the contrary, they discovered that alcohol dulled their senses rather than enhancing them and allowing them to experience a “technicolor existence.”
After getting clean, they wanted to see how much life they could bring back into their daily routines. After sobriety or recovery, the Sober Lush is for individuals who want to reclaim a decadent lifestyle and reclaim their joy.
Why You Drink and How to Stop: A Journey to Freedom, by Veronica Valli
It’s getting rave reviews from critics, with one calling it a “great research, refreshingly straightforward, and pleasantly captivating book.” It explores the psychological and biological underpinnings of alcoholic behavior.
Veronica Valli, the author, is a licensed addiction therapist and a former alcoholic. She has a unique perspective on the life of an alcoholic.
Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol, by Holly Whitaker
If you’re not a fan of Alcoholics Anonymous’ religious overtones, you’ll probably enjoy Holly Whitaker’s “insidious” view on sobriety and the alcohol industry. Overindulgence and how to break the cycle are the emphasis of her curriculum.
The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction, by Roy Eskapa, PhD
For each individual, the road to recovery is unique. For others, this entails taking medication prescribed by a doctor. The Sinclair Method, which teaches your brain to stop craving alcohol, may be a viable alternative if you’re considering other treatment options for your alcoholism.
An American alcohol researcher and clinical psychologist draw on dozens of studies to write this book, which is supported by the work of both Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Roy Eskapa.
Alcohol Explained, by William Porter
William Porter, a lawyer and World War II veteran, had a history of alcoholism. Sobriety encouraged him to do extensive research on the effects of alcohol on the body and mind, and we keep drinking even when we know it’s harmful. In the end, you have a complete, in-depth scientific investigation that is nevertheless comprehensible.
The Alcoholic / Addict Within: Our Brain, Genetics, Psychology and the Twelve Steps as Psychotherapy, by Andrew P., MD
For many people, twelve-step programs are effective. This book is an excellent addition to a 12-step program since it explains the psychotherapy that goes on behind the scenes.
That alcoholism and addiction are not the result of character flaws but rather of biological variances in the brain is the most essential takeaway.
Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-Based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program, by Dr. Harold C. Urschel, III, MD
To effectively treat addiction, Harold C. Urschel, III, MD contends that we must first recognize it as a biological problem rather than a moral one. More doctors and patients may be able to assist alcoholics live better, addiction-free lives by allowing them to be treated with behavioral programs and the latest brain functions technology.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle, by Mark Wolynn
An in-depth look at how our parents, grandparents, and other prominent persons influence our trauma is what this book is all about. The baggage that comes from a parent or guardian can be passed down. Alcoholic relatives can have long-lasting effects on the lives of their children and grandchildren. Stress, according to Mark Wolynn, may be handed down through the generations.
Wolynn is a trauma expert and the director of the San Francisco-based The Family Constellation Institute. Consider reading this if you’re interested in uncovering more of your trauma (which may be linked to your drinking).