Reading kind of got me sober. I started with blogs (click here to see our list of top 20 recovery blogs) then moved on to memoirs. I know the title of this story is “THE 10 Best Addiction and Recovery Memoirs” but it could also be  called, “Mary Patterson Broome’s Favorite Books ‘Bout Drinking” because all 10 helped me immensely in my journey to (and continuation with) sobriety. I’m sure there are tons of others I haven’t read that are equally incredible and inspiring so please comment below if you have more and we’ll do another round of top picks soon. In the meantime, here are some reads I highly recommend for anyone looking to get or stay clear of mind altering substances, especially booze:

Drunk Mom: A Memoir by Jowita Bydlowska (Penguin Books, 2014)

Perhaps Poland native Jowita Bydlowska’s story is one of the more memorable for me because the depths of her problem occurred while she was in the care of her young son. When she’s unable to breastfeed him at the beginning of the book due to cocaine still being in her system, you know you’re going to be in for quite a journey. After three-and-a-half years of sobriety, she relapses, then almost immediately discovers she’s pregnant. She stayed mostly sober through nine months of pregnancy and the book begins with her life after his birth. It’s gut wrenching and heart breaking at times but a stark reminder that the -ism spares no one, even new mothers.


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