Recovery Books for Parents

For parents and family members who have a loved one suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction, the first step to helping an individual get help is to get educated. These recovery books are informative reading materials to help educate families on alcohol and drug addiction.

Parents are either in the dark regarding their child’s drug and alcohol dependence, having no idea what’s going on, or they plain and simple just don’t want to know, hoping it will go away. This is not to pass judgment; it’s just what is. They lie, we believe them, we find the evidence, they lie, we talk with them, they lie again, we believe them, we see the evidence, we’re divorced – we feel guilty, we didn’t give them enough love – we feel guilty, we talk with them, we hope it’s just a phase, we organize more activities, then we forget it’s happening, more evidence presents itself again, we make new rules….geez, it’s exhausting! I learned through trial and error that each time my child was opening his mouth, he was lying to me, that when he said he was just smoking pot, he was doing way more – I would multiply everything he said times 100. I also learned that more will always be revealed.

Here’s a list of reading materials to help parents on their journey of their child’s recovery:


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  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) a.k.a. The Big Book
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
  • A User’s Guide to the Brain, Perception, Attention and the Four Theatres of the Brain by John J. Ratey
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet Geringer Woitiz
  • Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John Friel, Ph. D.and Linda Friel, M.A.
  • After the Tears: Reclaiming the Personal Losses of Childhood by Jane Middleton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell
  • An Adult Users Guide to What’s “Normal” by John Friel, Ph.D. and Linda Friel, M.A.
  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
  • Big Book Unplugged by John R.
  • Boundaries, Where You End and I Begin by Anne Katherine
  • Bradshaw on the Family by John Bradshaw
  • Children of Trauma by Jane Middleton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell
  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • Dancing with Your Dark Horse by Chris Irwin
  • Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-to-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals by Carol Falkowski
  • Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell
  • The Faraway Horses by Buck Brannaman
  • Forgiveness, A Bold Choice for a Peaceful heart by Robin Casarjian
  • Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Healing the Addictive Mind by Lee Jampolsky
  • Healing the Child Within by Charles L. Whitfield
  • It Will Never Happen to Me by Claudia Black
  • My Horses, My Healers by Shelley Rosenberg
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) a.k.a. Basic Text
  • Passages Through Recovery by Terence Gorski
  • Questions for My Father by Vincent Staniforth
  • Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise by Jane Middleton-Moz
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
  • The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nahesi Coates
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontier of Brian Science by Norma Doige
  • The Danger of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Recovery Book by Al J. Mooney, Arlene and Howard Eisenberg
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
  • Understanding the 12 Steps by Terrence Gorski
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • The Addictive Personality – Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior by Craig Nakken


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  • Miracle House Mom
    Posted at 08:57h, 17 July Reply

    Great list of reference material – thanks!

  • mardi
    Posted at 13:10h, 17 July Reply

    Another extremely helpful book is, “Bring Your Teen Back From the Brink” by Will Wooten. It is available through his website, Pacific Treatment Services, or on Amazon.

  • Jayden
    Posted at 13:41h, 22 July Reply

    A good list and just from the titles I can see they are interesting and look informative. I will be looking at book reviews of these book titles to help me decide which ones will be most helpful to myself, thank you.

  • Patrick N
    Posted at 16:31h, 24 July Reply

    Healing the child from within is definitely a book I know I need to read. I knew that was the book for me before I even finished the list of suggested books. If I don’t deal with what I saw and lived through back then, I’ll never find peace with my present.

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