Resources for our recovery

There are so many helpful resources available to us on our sober journeys. I wanted to share this list for those who are interested.

Please note: I created this with alcohol recovery in mind and it is U.S. based as well. Over time, I have added in resources for some other addictions, but it is heavy with resources for alcohol recovery. Books and memoirs are ones I have read.

A link to a variety of resources

This article contains links to many different types of communities and resources, it is a very helpful resource.

(https://www.thetemper.com/sober-communities-beyond-traditional-aa/)

Support Groups / Community

Buddhist Recovery

AA/12 Step AA

SMART Recovery SMART

Women for Sobriety WFS

LifeRing LifeRing

Secular Organizations for Sobriety SOS

Refuge Recovery (A Buddhist inspired path to recovery)

Recovery Dharma (Another Buddhist inspired path to recovery)

Rational Recovery

Celebrate Recovery (Christian based)
(https://www.celebraterecovery.com)

Narcotics Anonymous
http://m.na.org/

Behaviour-focused recovery groups

Self-Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E. Alternatives) (treatment for self-harm behaviour) (also includes a list of useful hotlines / text lines)
www.selfinjury.com

Sexaholics Anonymous
www.sa.org

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous
www.slaafws.org

Gamblers Anonymous
www.gamblersanonymous.org

Emotions Anonymous (for those with a desire to improve emotional wellbeing)
https://emotionsanonymous.org/ - USA
https://www.emotionsanonymous.org.uk/ - UK

Groups for partners and family of people in recovery

Al-Anon / Alateen (family & friends of people in recovery from alcohol)
Al-Anon Family Groups

Nar-Anon (family & friends of people in recovery from narcotics)
Nar-Anon Family Groups

Gam-Anon (for family and friends of people with a gambling addiction)
www.gam-anon.org

S-Anon (family & friends of people in recovery from sex addiction)
www.sanon.org

Hotlines & text lines

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
In USA, text 741 741
or call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Hotlines & text lines for USA & International, for many different crises (grief, self-harm, suicide, abuse, assault, and many others)

www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help

Self-Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E. Alternatives) (treatment for self-harm behaviour) (also includes a list of useful hotlines / text lines)
www.selfinjury.com

Samaritans UK - Call 116 123 any time, whatever you’re going through.
(Also see https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/other-sources-help/ for a list of other organisations offering specialist support)

Medications

Acamprosate / Campral
Naltrexone / Revia / Vivitrol
Disulfiram / Antabuse
Topiramate / Topimax
Ondansetron / Zofran

Holistic therapies

Physical activity
Vitamin therapy
Yoga
Meditation
Mindfulness
Acupuncture
Nutritional therapy
Talk therapy

Podcasts

This Naked Mind
Live Awake
Recovery Elevator
The Bubble Hour
Since Right Now
High Sobriety
Sober Guy
A good list of female recovery podcasts… https://www.thetemper.com/best-recovery-podcasts/

Books / Memoirs

Quit Like A Woman by Holly Whitaker
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray
We Are The Luckiest by Laura McKowen
Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps by Charlotte Davis Kasl
The Easy Way to Stop Drinking by Allen Carr
Recovery by Russell Brand
A Girl Walls out of a Bar by Lisa Smith
The Recovering by Leslie Jamison
Blackout: Remembering the things I drank to forget by Sarah Hepola
Last Call by Nancy Carr
The Sober Diaries
Parched by Heather King
Drinking, A Love Story
Unwasted, My Lush Sobriety
Blackout, Remembering the things I drank to forget
My Fair Junkie by Amy Dresner
Hopeful Healing by Mackenzie Phillips
Sober Truths, The Making of an honest woman
Saturation by Jennifer Place
This Naked Mind by Annie Grace
A Happier Hour by Rebecca Weller
High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
Ice and a Slice by Della Galton
Memoirs aren’t Fairytales
Don’t Take With Alcohol
Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife
On Writing by Stephen King
Long Time Gone by David Crosby
Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
A Drinking Life by Pete Hamill
The Big Book by AA (I have not read this)

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Im not doing very well right now
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Day 2: started great and will end great
Stop me please!
8 Days Sober. Trying to talk myself out of drinking
Cocaine Relapse
That moment
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Fresh eyes
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Pre addict personality?
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Trying again after I messed up
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Isolation blues
Blowout, first time talking
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Tools for sobriety
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They say 3rd time's a charm
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Thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking for something like this!!

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This is AWESOME, thanks for sharing! :heart:

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Excellent!!! I would like to add that if someone needs help finding a rehab I would gladly help out on that end. Especially if you live in New York and Pennsylvania.

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Also want to add intherooms.com for online resources! I found it helpful when I was being very isolated.

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Also anything by Allan Carr. Huge source of Annie Grace. His writing is a little more polished, and direct.

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fantastic! what a great post! : )

refuge recovery: a buddhist path to recovering from addiction is also a pretty good book, and they have in person group meetings as well.

thanks for posting!

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Can you add to the books

Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol

and

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

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I can’t believe I forgot that one! Thank you! Added it in!!

Done…added them in!! Thank you!

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Drop The Rock is a good recovery book as well.

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If I would be an American or a native English speaker, I definitely would have bookmark this one for my own!! I think I bookmark it anyway, so I can share it with someone who needs it when I come across.

Thank you for sharing! :raising_hand_woman:

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This is amazing! Thank you!

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Gabor Mate website and books: “When the body says No” and “In the Real of the Hungry Ghosts”. These books changed the way I look at humanity and addiction.

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Bumping this up

Bumping up? Other ressources to add?

Yes folks, please add any other resources you have used.

Not exactly recovery related, but local libraries tend to have a lot of social events and educational classes. If you are feeling bored you can always check their schedule of events

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Not a resource per se, but I read a new book, Janny Scott’s “The Beneficiary”. It’s a true family saga of wealth over generations, and the unhappy obligations it creates. The author’s father’s alcoholism is well described, his treatment after an intervention, at McLean, and the subsequent eight months before he relapses and slowly, painfully, dies. It gave me pause, for sure…

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Dang. So much gold in this here thread.

@Sassyrocks, Buddhist Recovery looks distinct from Refuge Recovery. Is that so? May be another to add.

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