Best Books on Alcoholism

There are tons of books out there on alcoholism and drug addiction. From stories about going to an addiction treatment center to self-help books that offer a pragmatic path through the journey of recovery, here are some of our favorite books about alcoholism and drug addiction! We’re skipping over the basics like Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step literature, but we recommend checking them out as well!

Best Addiction Recovery Books

integral recoveryIntegral Recovery

Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism and Addiction by John Dupuy offers a holistic approach to recovery from addiction. Using the Integral Theory, the author offers a unique perspective on recovery. The book is full of practices and lessons that are truly useful and pragmatic, and each page of this book offers some insight and help with alcoholism.



Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff is a book about alcoholism that breaks free from the mold of religious and spiritual solutions found in twelve-step programs. The author looks at evidence-based treatment methods, practices to help us recover, and offers a new way to look at drug addiction, trauma, and recovery. This is a great book that can help you take your recovery to a new level!

in the realm of hungry ghostsIn the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Dr. Gabor Mate is a unique look at addiction and alcoholism. By sharing his experience working on skid row in Vancouver for decades, Dr. Mate views addiction and alcoholism as a societal problem. The book looks deeply at the way addiction impacts our whole lives and is intertwined with our lives as a whole. Steering away from alcoholism as a standalone medical disease, Dr. Mate looks to address the totality of the addict’s experience.

A burning desireA Burning Desire

A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery is one of my personal favorite books, and one of many by Kevin Griffin. A Burning Desire offers a different look at twelve-step recovery, and how we can build a relationship with a higher power as atheists. Through the lens of Buddhism, Kevin shares ways we can connect with something greater than ourselves, even if it isn’t a spiritual or supernatural power in any way.

Memoirs About Alcoholism and Addiction

dharma punxDharma Punx

This memoir by Noah Levine is an honest and deep look at addiction and recovery. Using principles of Buddhism, the author of Dharma Punx looks at his life of drug addiction, crime, and pain and how he got sober using mindfulness, compassion, and meditation practices. This is one of my personal favorite books, and also offers a great introduction to Buddhist teachings for those in recovery.

drinking a love storyDrinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp is a powerful memoir about a woman’s journey through alcoholism and recovery. Caroline offers her story of drinking since her early teens and getting sober years later as an insightful and useful look into the life and experience of somebody experiencing addiction.


Dry is simply one of my favorite books out there. Augusten Burroughs, a masterful author, shares about his life as your everyday alcoholic. This memoir about alcoholism is deep, heartbreaking, funny, and entertaining.

lit a memoirLit

Lit by Mary Karr is a wonderful memoir about a young woman growing up in Texas and becoming an alcoholic. Offering a Christian perspective on alcoholism and recovery, this story is touching, insightful, and has the potential to help many who read it.


Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff is an incredible memoir about a young man growing up and abusing methamphetamine. Through the journey of abusing drugs, violence, anger, and more, Nic finds recovery and shares his journey beautifully. This is a truly powerful memoir about addiction.

a beautiful boyA Beautiful Boy

A Beautiful Boy is authored by David Sheff, father of Tweak author Nic Sheff. It tells the same story, but from the perspective of the parent watching the child go through the suffering of addiction. When read after Tweak, this book is a tear-jerker. Viewing drug addiction from this perspective of a loving father is deeply touching, loving, painful, and intimate.

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