When you have a lot of free time on your hands, thanks to being stuck in a rehabilitation program, having something to read could make a difference in turning your day into a productive one.
Generally speaking, most rehab centres in London are loose when it comes to rules. Though healthcare professionals would like to put boundaries, they also don’t want to restrict their patients during recovery.
And so, you may want to read through the five following book recommendations we’ve saved for you:
Drinking: A Love Story
This is a memoir written by Caroline Knapp, a compilation of her deeply personal accounts of 20-year success as a member of Ivy League college and a columnist and an editor who secretly dabbles on alcoholism.
It shone a light on a dark reality associated with a person’s gradual fall to alcohol addiction when they least expect it. Knapp wrote her book with the thought in mind to lay bare how destructive relationships, secrecy, and family myths work together in tolerating alcoholism.
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Johan Hari is the man behind this infamous book. He examined the subject of addiction in a TED Talk based on his thorough research and personal exploration, marking it as his wage for war against substance abuse.
Using the book, Johan detailed his journey in finding an alarming number of people who are succumbing to drugs globally, uncovering that our current outlook on drugs is just above the surface and nowhere near the truth. His discoveries paved the way in delivering people’s stories that’ll challenge society’s treatments to addicts and how socio-politics made it possible to die down the screams of help from these people.
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
David Sheff’s book hits closer to home as he wrote his heartbreaking story of parenting his son Nic through his addiction. The downfall that Nic sustained kept David awake at night as he lay there haunted by the questions of what had happened to his beautiful boy.
As a journalist, it was only natural for David to probe on difficult questions to obtain an answer, even if it meant following his son’s change from an honor student to a homeless meth addict. The book allows the reader to look into David’s guilt and desire to hold out his hand to Nic to encourage the boy to take tentative steps into his recovery, begging people to raise the question of what lengths a parent can do for their child.
Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy
Eilene Zimmerman is a journalist who unexpectedly came across the opportunity to piece together the mysteries surrounding her ex-husband’s substance abuse. The absence of a father in her children’s lives motivated Eilene to approach the issue at hand through an intimate journey in dissecting the truth.
Eilene believed that her husband was sick, which the latter confirmed to be an autoimmune disorder, though it was a cover-up of his addiction in the disguise of having his life together. Not too long after their divorce, Eilene soon realized something was amiss and decided to pay him a visit that led to a shocking discovery.
This is Water
David Foster Wallace has a solid reputation for his well-loved novels, but David delivered a commencement speech in 2005 at Kenyon College. The words he uttered were then reprinted in the form of “This Is Water.”
It was typical to doubt the meaning of life, especially if it’s in the early phase of one’s recovery. To the point that David also considers questioning the sense of higher powers and a god in our lives. Hence, David claims that everyone worships a particular object, may it be a syringe, power, money, or an innocent bottle of liquid, until these things eat you alive.
There are various kinds of books that you could read while in rehabilitation, but it’s best to start with the above to grasp the seriousness of your condition.