My favourite AF book list

I thought I would share some of my favourite books that have helped me to make the changes in my life I needed to to stay AF so far. I have read all the Jason Vale books as well as most other drink based recovery books, but he or they didn’t grab my attention if they are not in this list…different strokes for different folks I guess.

I read something for anyone of these books every day…and have been working really hard on changes I’ve needed to make to stay AF day by day.

This first list is non fiction, although not all related directly to drinking, they have made a huge difference to me and my way of thinking.

The language of letting go – Melody Beattie

In the realm of hungry ghosts – Gabor Mate MD

Recovery 2.0 Beyond addiction – Tommy Rosen

May cause miracles – a 6 week jump start.

The gifts of imperfection – Brené Brown

Beyond Co-dependency – Melody Beattie

Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Who’s says I’m and addict – David Smallwood

And these are the novels/fiction/Memoirs that really reflect how I feel/felt about my addiction…

The good house – Ann Leary

Best Kept Secret, a novel – Amy Hatvany

Drunk mom – Jowita Bydlowska

Diary of an alcoholic housewife – Brenda Wilhemson

Drink – Ann Dowsett Johnston

Drinking, a love story – Caroline Knapp

Like I said…I’ve read lots of other books but these are the ones that really captured how I felt and also the books that have helped me stay AF so far.

I also have found the bubble hour invaluable, I listen every day…

Another favourite watch is Brené Browns TED talk:

4 thoughts on “My favourite AF book list”

  1. 🙂 Beautiful list! 🙂 I quit on my own so I did/do a lot ‘by the book’ too. I did like Jason Vale, not so much for his writing 😉 but for tackling the mind part of addiction. I read it up to the moment where I quit. I am guess that is the best way to use his knowledge. With the different strokes and flavors: I ‘m thinking that the moment in recovery at which we read a book is also very important.

    My list of favorites includes ‘Addictive personality’ from Craig Nakken. I read it in the first few weeks and it really explains the psychological mechanisms of addiction. I recognised every sentence as being true in my life – even though the book was written about 30 years ago. That was really strange, and powerfull, because it did not only teach me the mechanisms but also that I’m not the only one.

    Have a nice sober weekend! 🙂


  2. I’ve read the Melody Beattie books aswell and found them really helpful. Co dependency was a problem for me to tackle and it helped me to understand it better. Thanks for the list, really interesting. Lots of love Janey xxx


  3. Fab resources and thank you for sharing xxx

    A shameless self plug for anyone wanting to know my own story is Staying Sober by Binki Laidler (Amazon), please don’t feel pressured to read it but I do love feedback xxx


  4. I’m loving a good house. Thanks for the recommendation. Binki, I didn’t know you had written a book. I’m going to check it out !


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