Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the recovery. In honor of those in recovery or battling active addictions, we want to recognize the wonderful possibilities of a life well-lived free of alcohol and other substance use and abuse, so we asked Samaritan staff to recommend their favorite “quit lit.” Be prepared for some excellent storytelling mixed with science, human psychology, recovery research, and humor.
The Naked Mind by Annie Grace: The Naked Mind has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol. Author Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture, and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks. This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, This Naked Mind will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.
Recovery takes many forms and is different for everyone. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober is a helpful book and a useful Facebook Group. It’s authentic, honest, and full of wisdom and encouragement for people recovering from alcohol abuse or addiction.
Jane Frantz, Development & Communications Director