Those in early recovery often find that engaging with a recovery community where meetings are offered provides them with needed support.

Recovery meetings provide attendees with the opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. Attending meetings that are local can easily be structured into one’s schedule.

Family members and loved ones can also attend meetings and support groups such as Al-Anon, Alateen and Nar-anon.

Resources for GreeneStone Centre for Recovery
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Helpful books for information about addiction recovery

Recommended Reading List

We encourage individuals, family members and loved ones to empower themselves with information.

The list below highlights a number of excellent titles. 

GreeneStone also suggests the bookstore by Hazelden Publishing. As the leading publisher of addiction recovery resources, Hazelden provides material specific to those dealing with addiction and other concurrent disorders.

Books that provide information about Addiction Recovery

Guides for Recovery:

  • John Dupuy: Integral Recovery
  • Tommy Rosen: Recovery 2.0
  • Noah Levine: Refuge Recovery

Understanding Addiction:

  • Gabor Maté: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
  • Anne Dowsett Johnston: Drink, The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
  • Johann Hari: Chasing the Scream
  • Geneen Roth: Women, Food and God
  • Jeffrey Foote: Beyond Addiction
  • Charlotte A. Tomaino: Awakening the Brain

12-Step (AA, CA NA) Literature:

  • Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • 12 Steps and 12 Traditions
  • Stephanie Covington: A Women’s Way Through the 12-steps

Relationships & Codependency:

  • Robin Norwood: Women who love too much
  • Melody Beattie: Codependent No More
  • Pia Mellody: Facing Love Addiction
  • Pia Mellody: Facing Codependency
  • Richard Schwartz: You’re the one you’ve been waiting for
  • Amir Levine: Attached

Mental Health & Trauma:

  • Johann Hari: Lost Connections
  • Gabor Maté: Scattered Minds
  • Gabor Maté: When the Body Says No, The Hidden Cost of Stress
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk: The Body Keeps Score: Mind, Body and Brain Transformation of Trauma
  • Peter Levine: Waking the Tiger


  • Glennon Doyle: Love Warrior
  • Amy Dresner: My Fair Junkie
  • Caroline Knapp: Drinking, A love story
  • David Sheff : Beautiful Boy
  • Bill Clegg: Portrait of a an Addict as a Young Man

Discovering Yourself:

  • Catherine Gray: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober
  • Brené Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Brené Brown: Rising Strong
  • Danielle McCarron: Journey Back to You: A guide to meeting your authentic self

Spirituality, Self-Care & Self-Exploration:

  • Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements
  • Elaine Aron: The Highly Sensitive Person
  • Miguel A. Singer: The Untethered Soul
  • Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now
  • Deepak Chopra: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
  • Gabrielle Bernstein: The Universe Has Your Back
  • Pema Chodron: When Things Fall Apart
  • Paulo Coehlo: The Alchemist

Daily Reading:

  • Twenty-Four Hours a Day
  • The Daily Reflections
  • Al-Anon: Courage to Change
  • Melody Beattie: Journey to the Heart


  • Home, Podcast: By Holly Whitaker and Laura McKowen
  • She Recovers Podcast: By Taryn Strong and Dawn Nickel
  • The Recovery 2.0 Power Hour
  • Super Soul Sessions: By Oprah
  • Conversations with Alanis Morisette
  • Under the Skin: By Russell Brand

Online Publications & Recovery Blogs:

Phone Apps:

  • My Spiritual Toolkit
  • 12-Step Companion
  • I am Sober
  • Twenty-Four Hours a Day
  • 12-Step Speaker App