There a numerous recovery programs available to those interested in overcoming their addictions.
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
To learn more about the A.A. program to go: Alcoholics Anonymous
Women For Sobriety
Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics. WFS has been providing services to women alcoholics since July, 1976. To read an overview of this program to: Women For Sobriety
White Paper Published by: The Institute for Behavior and Health Free for your use The New Paradigm for Recovery Making Recovery – and Not Relapse – the Expected Outcome of Addiction Treatment The New Paradigm for Recovery paper compiles components of “what the most recent edition of the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria labels as the “new gold standard” for treatment.” The New Paradigm for Recovery is a system of long-term care management that addresses the environment in which the decision is made to use drugs and alcohol or not. “Its goal is to make recovery a reality for far more people leaving episodes of formal substance use disorder treatment. This management system is sustained for many years, like the care management for other chronic illnesses.” To read the paper go to this link: New Paradigm for Recovery White...read more
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. These books are part of the Alcoholics Anonymous program. To Purchase If you are interested in purchasing one of these books, please click on the book image and you will be taken to Amazon.com where you can learn more about the book and purchase it. Insight Support Groups receives a commission on all sales generated through these links. This money is used to support this website and the access to free information provided here. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Anonymous It’s more than a book. It’s a way of life. Alcoholics Anonymous-The Big Book has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 1955, the third edition in 1976, and now the fourth edition in 2001, the essential recovery text has remained unchanged while personal stories have been added to reflect the growing and diverse fellowship. The long-awaited fourth edition features 24 new personal stories of recovery. 12 Steps & 12 Traditions Anonymous Originally published in 1952, this classic book is used by A.A. members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which A.A. members recover and by which the fellowship functions. The basic text clarifies the Steps which constitute the A.A. way of life and the Traditions, by which A.A. maintains its unity. Living Sober Anonymous An extremely informative book which offers sound advice about how to stay sober. Basic, essential information from Alcoholics Anonymous. As the book states, “Anyone can get sober. . .the trick is to live sober.” Daily Reflections Anonymous Daily Reflections contains short meditative essays for daily inspiration and encouragement. As Bill Sees It Anonymous As Bill Sees It is an anthology of writings by Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA. It reamins one of the more popular selections in the Alcoholics Anonymous books to...read more
Inspiring Stories The following books are written by people who broke the cycle of addiction. Their stories are both inspiring and informative. These books will make you laugh and they will make you cry. They will also help you to understand that you are not alone and that there is hope. To Purchase: If you are interested in purchasing one of these books, please click on the book image and you will be taken to Amazon.com where you can learn more about the book and purchase it. Insight Support Groups receives a commission on all sales generated through these links. This money is used to support this website and the access to free information provided here. Junky William S. Burroughs In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author’s original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs’s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre. The Los Angeles Diaries James Brown Plagued by the suicides of both his siblings, and heir to alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and economic ruin, James Brown lived a life clouded by addiction, broken promises, and despair. In The Los Angeles Diaries, he reveals his struggle for survival, mining his past to present the inspiring story of his redemption. Beautifully written and limned with dark humor, these twelve deeply confessional, interconnected chapters address personal failure, heartbreak, the trials of writing for Hollywood, and the life-shattering events that finally convinced Brown that he must “change or die.” In the chapter entitled “Snapshot,” Brown is five years old and recalls the night his mother “sets fire to an apartment building down the street.” In “Daisy,” Brown purchases a Vietnamese potbellied pig for his wife to atone for his sins, only to find the pig’s bulk growing in direct proportion to the tensions in his marriage. The Night of The Gun David Carr An intriguing premise informs Carr’s memoir of drug addiction—he went back to his hometown of Minneapolis and interviewed the friends, lovers and family members who witnessed his downfall. A successful, albeit hard-partying, journalist, Carr developed a taste for coke that led him to smoke and shoot the drug. At the height of his use in the late 1980s, his similarly addicted girlfriend gave birth to twin daughters. In The Night of the Gun, Carr, now a New York Times columnist, gives both the lowlights of his addiction (the fights, binges and arrests) as well as the painstaking reconstruction of his life. The Basketball Diaries Jim Carroll The original classic story about growing up with drugs and sex and about learning to survive on the streets of New York–once again in print. An urban classic of...read more
Additional Resources Below are additional resources and recommended websites for individuals interested in sobriety and recovery. To Purchase If you are interested in purchasing one of these books, please click on the book image and you will be taken to Amazon.com where you can learn more about the book and purchase it. Insight Support Groups receives a commission on all sales generated through these links. This money is used to support this website and the access to free information provided here. Books Undrunk: A Skeptics Guide To AA A.J. Adams In this unprecedented book, A.J. Adams uses self-deprecating humor, entertaining anecdotes, and frank descriptions to introduce readers to the complete Alcoholics Anonymous ‘undrunk’ lifestyle. Beginning with the story of his first AA meeting, he takes the mystery out of what goes on behind closed doors, in order to encourage addicts who are reluctant to get help to walk through them. “My eyes wandered around the room, taking in the strange collection of humanity seeking to claim me as a fellow sufferer. If variety is the spice of life, this crowd was the jambalaya of affliction.” Adams addresses the journey through detox and treatment, offering his own struggle of coming to terms with his alcoholism. He then presents a user-friendly history and introduction to AA, the Steps and Traditions, all punctuated by honest descriptions of his own transformation to “getting” the program. Included are translations of AA lingo designed to put newcomers at ease. Undrunk was written for reluctant newcomers and those who think they might have a problem, dispelling misconceptions that AA is cult-like, secretive, campy, earnest, religious, or lowbrow. It offers family members of alcoholics an accessible tool to encourage their loved ones to get help, and it gives AA members a handy means to encourage newcomers to come back. I’ll Quit Tomorrow Vernon Johnson This bestselling recovery classic has helped untold thousands of alcoholics onto the road to recovery. Written by the founder of the Johnson Institute in Minneapolis, one of the country’s most successful training programs for treatment providers, I’ll Quit Tomorrow present the concepts and methods that have brought new hope to alcoholics and their families, friends, and employers. Abstinence is not the only objective of Johnson’s breakthrough methods — his therapy aims at restoring the ego strength of the victim to assure permanent recovery. Johnson outlines a dynamic plan of intervention and treatment that will block the progress of alcoholism and lead to a richer, more productive life. Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick In Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life, the first book on recovery specifically for women, Jean Kirkpatrick tells how she achieved sobriety. She explains the special problems of the woman alcoholic, and challenges some of the premises of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization founded by and for men that she believes fails to address the specific needs of women. Instead of harping on past problems and behavior, the Women For Sobriety program focuses on the future, showing women how to build up their emotional strength, self-esteem, and positive approach to life essential to recovery. Drop the Rock Bill P, Todd W, & Sara S Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. This cast of character defects will undermine the best-laid plans for recovery from addiction. It’s not uncommon for individuals in recovery to...read more
The American Nurses Association estimates that 6%-8% of the registered nurse population has an alcohol or drug-related problem. The cost of substance abuse among nurses is high–to both the nurses who have a substance abuse problem as well as the patients they serve and the organizations that employ them. The following books are recommended for nurses in recovery. Unbecoming A Nurse Paula Davies Scimeca, RN Outlining the complex issue of chemical dependency in the nursing profession, this book chronicles the downward spiral of addiction to various substances and behaviors as well as compelling testimonies regarding recovery in the words of twenty-nine nurses from twenty states....read more