4 Best Books on Sobriety

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglass.

Although reading books alone may not have the power to free someone from addiction, it can play a vital role in the path to sobriety. Many resources are available to help overcome substance abuse, including helplines, treatment facilities, support groups, blogs, and websites. Additionally, many helpful books written from different perspectives give insights into the various aspects of addiction and sobriety. Below are four of the best books on sobriety.

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4 Best Books on Sobriety


1. Recovery 

Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand

“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud…My qualification is not that I am better than you, but I am worse.” ―Russell Brand.

This guide, deemed spellbinding and stunning by the New York Times, draws from Russell Brand’s experiences with many addictions. His unique struggles with heroin, alcohol, food, and eBay are presented in an entertaining and readable way that highlights the effectiveness of the 12 steps used by Alcoholics Anonymous.

2. Quit Like A Woman 

The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol by Holly Whitaker

“This book is about…an addictive chemical that we have been fooled into believing is the answer to every problem, a healthful staple of our diet, our key to connection and power. This book is about what makes us sick and keeps us sick.” –Holly Whitaker.

Holly Whitaker founded the first recovery program that focuses on helping women. She motivates women to stop drinking by gaining a deeper understanding of their own identities and taking control of their lives. While applauding the many advances made by women in recent years, she calls out alcohol corporations for targeting women and creating a dysfunctional relationship with alcohol.

3. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober 

Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life by Catherine Gray

“For me, I had to stop hating myself and start liking myself in order to find sobriety. I had to replace self-loathing with self-soothing. I had to start to believe that I was worth something. That I deserved better than drinking.” –Catherine Gray.

Catherine Gray’s story is a familiar one to many seeking sobriety. Her journey is one of the repetitive cycles of committing to stop drinking, only to return and drink herself into jail and other serious difficulties. Her book includes humorous accounts of the predicaments caused by alcohol addiction, interviews with scientists on why people drink, and alcohol’s effect on the human body, including the brain.

4. This Naked Mind

Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace

“Alcohol does not relieve stress; it erases your senses and your ability to think. Alcohol ultimately erases your self.”—Annie Grace.

Annie Grace’s life includes growing up in a one-room house with no running water, being the youngest vice president of an international corporation, and drinking a bottle of wine each night to cope with her busy life. Her book includes a candid look at her life with alcohol and how she changed her mindset about alcohol. Additionally, her book presents the latest science and societal factors contributing to alcohol addiction.

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