Be Engaged in a Good Book.
Books have a certain kind of magic that seems to work wonders for those of us on the path to success and progress.
Although it’s not exactly clear what it is about reading that helps us achieve these goals, it’s clear that there’s something special about this pastime that should not be overlooked.
Maybe it’s because when we’re on a path of recovery, we’re finally open to taking in the wisdom of another person, and there is infinite wisdom to be found within the pages of books.
One of the best things about reading is that it’s entirely up to you to decide what qualifies as a “good” book, and you can read at your own pace without worrying about keeping up with anyone else’s expectations. The goal is simply to read something each day, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
By incorporating reading into your daily routine, you’re not only investing in yourself but also opening yourself up to a world of knowledge and insights that can help you navigate through life’s challenges and obstacles with greater ease and clarity.
So why not start exploring the magic of books today and see what wisdom and inspiration you can discover?
A Time-Honored Night-time Sedative
It’s important to recognize that years or even decades of unhealthy living conditions can’t be reversed simply by removing the substance(s). Rather, we need to learn new healthy habits and practice them regularly in our daily lives. Many daily physiological functions are severely disrupted for us in recovery, and one of the most consistent and predictable disruptions is sleep.
Thankfully, there’s a simple and effective solution to this common complaint: regular nighttime reading. In fact, it’s a time-honored tradition that has been shown to help people fall asleep more easily and naturally. Not only does it provide a healthy and “normal” way to drift off, but it also has additional benefits for those in recovery.
In the early weeks and months of abstinence, we recommend focusing on books related to addiction and recovery. This is a great way to immerse ourselves in the issue at hand and help smooth out the initial misinformation and confusion that often surrounds these topics. If we’re participating in a twelve-step fellowship, the group can recommend relevant books to deepen our understanding of the condition as well.
We believe that small changes like regular nighttime reading can make a big difference in the recovery process.
“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
The Right Recommendation Makes All The Difference
So many great books. Here a few to start with:
In the realm of hungry ghosts - gabor mate
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van Der Kolk
The Biology of Desire - Marc Lewis
Unbroken Brain - Maia Szalavitz
Under the Influence - James Milan
The 4 Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
Power vs. Force - David Hawkins
Dopamine Nation - Anna Lembke
The Sermon on the Mount - Emmet Fox
The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
It didn't start with you - mark wolynn
drama of the gifted child - alice miller
not god - ernie kurtz
waking the tiger - peter levine