RECOMMENDED READINGS ON SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS                                   Updated September 2020



Quit Like A Woman

Holly Whitaker

We Are The Luckiest, The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

Laura McKowen

This Naked Mind

Annie Grace

Broken - 

William C. Moyers


Nic Sheff


Second Chances

Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill -



Kirsten Johnson


Freedom From Our Addictions

Russell Brand

American Fix

Ryan Hampton

A Common Struggle- (mental health and addiction)

Patrick J Kennedy


Understanding the disease and other health issues



David Sheff

Beyond Addiction, How Science and Kindness Help Change People

Jeff Foote & Carrie Wilkens

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Gabor Mate

Good words for concerned persons to read / re-read while patient is getting help


The Anatomy of Peace

 The Arbinger Institute

Be A Loving Mirror, BALM

Beverly Buncher 

It Takes a Family

Debra Jay

Love First

Debra Jay

No More Letting Go

Debra Jay 

Positive Recovery Reading

Unbroken Brain,

Maia Salavitz

Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery

Thomas Kimball & Sterling Shumway


GOD of Our Understanding-

Rabbi Shais Taub

The Language of Letting Go-

Melody Beattie

Codependent No More-

Melody Bettie

Educational Videos

Included are educational videos, documentaries, and films about what addiction is, what recovery is, and information about harm reduction. Click the images to view.

The Anonymous People

This documentary discusses the history and stigmatization of the anonymity around recovery while following celebrities, survivors, and experts as they discuss Substance Use Disorder. Full documentary available on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes. Watch trailer here.


A PBS and NOVA documentary about how opioid addiction affects the brain and how evidence-based treatment is saving lives. Watch here.


Pleasure Unwoven

Dr. Kevin McCauley uses his personal experience as a doctor as well as scientific research to dig deeper into the question of "Is addiction a disease?" Full documentary available to purchase on Amazon. Watch trailer here.


Prescription for Change

MTV teams up with multi-platinum artist and person in longterm recovery Macklemore to go inside America’s opioid epidemic, meeting those living with addiction and heading to Washington D.C. for an exclusive talk with former President Obama on this important issue. Watch documentary here.

Transformation: the Alchemy of Harm Reduction

This hour long documentary shows harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges in action and their larger, positive effect on the community around them. Watch documentary here.

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TEDx Talk by Guy Felicella on Harm Reduction

Titled "I Died Six Times...Let's End the Stigma of Harm Reduction," Guy Felicella discusses his struggle with addiction and how harm reduction programs led him on the road to recovery. Watch video here.


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