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The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors (Hardcover)
by Lance M. Dodes

The Truth About Addiction and Recovery (Paperback)
by Stanton Peele

"THE GROWTH of addiction treatment in the United States, predicated on the idea that alcoholism and addictions of all kinds are diseases, is a public-relations triumph, and not a triumph of reason or science," says the first sentence in the book.

Addictive Thinking, Second Edition: Understanding Self-Deception (Paperback), by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.


Kindle edition,

Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (Paperback)
by David T. Courtwright

"In a newly enlarged edition of this eye-opening book, David T. Courtwright offers an original interpretation of a puzzling chapter in American social and medical history: the dramatic change in the pattern of opiate addiction--from respectable upper-class matrons to lower-class urban males, often with a criminal record. Challenging the prevailing view that the shift resulted from harsh new laws, Courtwright shows that the crucial role was played by the medical rather than the legal profession. Dark Paradise tells the story not only from the standpoint of legal and medical sources, but also from the perspective of addicts themselves. With the addition of a new introduction and two new chapters on heroin addiction and treatment since 1940, Courtwright has updated this compelling work of social history for the present crisis of the Drug War."--product description at

Slaying the Addiction Monster: An All-Inclusive Look at Drug Addiction in America Today (Paperback)
by Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis

Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover (The Guilford Substance Abuse Series) (Paperback)
by Carlo C. Di Clemente, Ph.D.

Healing the Addictive Personality: Freeing Yourself from Addictive Patterns and Relationships (Paperback)
by Lee L. Jampolsky

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens, and Nicole Kosanke, with Stephanie Higgs



Narcotics Anonymous


Understanding Addiction: Know Science, No Stigma, by Dr. Chuck Smith and Dr. Jason Hunt



Paperback, Amazon Canada



Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop? (Hardcover), edited by John Hoffman and Susan Froemke

Product description:

This companion book to the HBO documentary of the same name sheds light on the hidden American epidemic of addiction. Blending compelling personal narratives with statistics and expert opinion, all gleaned from over two years of research and reporting, ADDICTION offers a comprehensive and provocative look at the impact of chemical dependency on addicts, their loved ones, society, and the economy. Breaking the stigma that addicts are simply weak and immoral, it delves into new brain research proving that drugs and alcohol change the chemical composition of addicts' brains, making it veritably impossible for them to quit. The nation's top experts persuasively argue that the time has come for the blame to stop and the healing to begin.

ADDICTION also features material not included in the documentary: testimonials, original graphics and images, additional elaboration on theories and treatments of addiction, and more. Featuring a foreword by Sheila Nevins, the president of Documentary and Family Programming at HBO, an afterward by the best-selling author Susan Cheever, and the writing of David Sheff, this book is essential reading for anyone who has been impacted by what is now realized to be a very real and widespread disease.

The Interventionist by Joani Gammill

"Inspiring stories from the frontlines of the battle against addiction by Dr. Phil's leading interventionist and recovering addict Joani Gammill. From the outside, Joani Gammill, a married, suburban "soccer mom" raising two children in an upper-middle-class American town, appeared to be living an idyllic life. It wasn't until she sent a desperate e-mail to self-help guru Dr. Phil that the world learned of her dirty little secret. On his national television show, Gammill revealed that, for years, she had been addicted to prescription painkillers and that she had nearly killed herself by overdosing on an injectable form of liquid morphine. Through the life-changing intervention staged by Dr. Phil on his show, Gammill not only committed to getting help for her addiction, but she also went on to become a professional interventionist, helping thousands of others in distress. In The Interventionist, Gammill's own story is intertwined with depictions of her often harrowing and always inspiring interventions and those of some of the addicts and families she's worked with over the years. In each chapter she recounts details of a client's unique battle with addiction and the devastation that led to a loved one's request for her help. Gammill's story--and the stories of the brave people who come to her for help--demonstrates how it is possible to emerge from the seemingly hopeless world of out-of-control drug use and not only regain one's sanity, but actually discover that life clean and sober can be more meaningful than it ever was before."--product description at

Kindle edition,

The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine by Michael Kuhar


Kindle edition,

Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction by Lance M. Dodes, M.D.