It is truly a blessing that some of the finest writers of our time have been able to put word to paper, creating books about recovery that serve to help us along the way. Some of these authors have battled drugs or alcohol, or both, and have found their way back to sobriety. Read on for more about these inspirational authors who are in recovery, and have chronicled their journeys for all to read.
Augusten Burroughs is a well-known memoirist and the author of a number of books detailing his drug and alcohol abuse, most famously in Dry: A Memoir, which chronicles his descent into alcoholism, trips to rehab, and subsequent journey back from it all.
With humor, wit, and brevity, Burroughs tells a tale that many substance abusers are familiar with, the never-ending cycle of insanity and consumption of drugs and alcohol. Through his humor and candid narrative, Burroughs is able to relate to his readers.
Susan Peirce Thompson
Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph. D, is the author of Bright Line Eating, a book that focuses on healthy eating and weight loss and in which thousands of people have found a solution to their unhealthy eating habits.
In her book, Thompson talks about how not only was she addicted to food, but also to substances and alcohol during her college years. Through twelve-step programs, support groups, and her own burning desire to create a better life, she was able to become sober and stay sober for many years.
Her scientifically grounded weight loss solution is an inspiration to others and contains many tools that can apply to any type of addiction.
Annie Grace is the author of the well-known, This Naked Mind, a book in which she tells her history as both a career businesswoman and a heavy drinker. Many in the business world can relate to alcohol and networking going hand in hand, as company happy hours become the norm and conferences feature extensive open bars and after-parties that go late into the night.
Grace’s look at alcohol and the role it plays in our lives, and the power we give to alcohol, all come together as she prompts readers to look at alcohol in a new way by taking away the power it holds over users.
Using compassion to create change, and her own transformative efforts to remove alcohol from her life, Grace’s book asks readers to take a step back and look at the reasons why we drink.
One of the country’s most beloved authors, Stephen King, was once a hardcore alcoholic and drug addict. After his family staged an intervention in the late 1980s, he has been in recovery ever since. As an affluent author, King’s prowess became even more pronounced after he became sober, writing dozens more successful novels and maintaining his commitment to sobriety. King writes more about alcoholism and the effects it can have on families in one of his more recent novels, Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining.
Veronica Valli is an addiction therapist who wrote the book, Why You Drink and How To Stop: A Journey to Freedom. The book details the reasons behind drinking and alcoholism and explores the spirituality behind sobriety while offering solutions on how to quit and stay quit.
There are new books out every day that speak about recovery and how to maintain it. The internet is also a wealth of information about sobriety. In this day and age, we’re lucky to have the information at hand that we do, to help us stay sober and live a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.