In recovery, there’s a lot of free time, especially if you’ve just begun detox. For example, Boca Detox clients participate in a temporary blackout period where they abstain from communication with loved ones, so they can fully immerse themselves in the recovery process.
We encourage clients to use their free time productively. Reading is a fantastic way to turn inward, learn more about yourself and examine your addiction from an entirely new perspective. These five recovery books will expand your worldview and boost your recovery journey, something that’s crucial in the early stages.
1. The 12-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction
Although the 12-step program gives you all the tools you need to break an addiction and lead a sober life, it can be challenging to put those tools into practice. In The 12-Step Buddhist, author Darren Littlejohn provides a supplement to the traditional 12-step program, drawing upon his own experience through the study of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. The combination of Buddhism and traditional therapies allows readers to look inside themselves and uncover the true root of their suffering, leading to a total spiritual awakening.
2. This is Water
David Foster Wallace delivered a commencement speech in 2005 that has since been reprinted as This is Water. In the early stages of recovery, it’s common to question the meaning of life, higher powers and god. Wallace posits that we all worship is some way, regardless of what we believe or don’t believe, and warns that if you worship objects and other falsities–be it money, power, a bottle of liquid or a syringe–they will “eat you alive.” This is Water will force you to question what you’re worshipping right now if it’s meaningful because if it’s an object, it likely has an intense hold on you.
3. Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos
Author Bucky Sinister is an atheist and fundamentalist, so he was skeptical of the 12-step program’s higher power concept when he decided to get sober. Despite his doubts, he stuck with it. Now he’s leading the group he first joined. In Get Up, Sinister uses the wisdom he obtained from his journey as an initial skeptic to encourage others to join and get clean. It’s a raw, honest approach that those in recovery can learn from, especially those who are turned off by traditional recovery books.