Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers

Drawing on research, experience, and compelling personal stories from others to explain that although families can’t cure a loved one’s addiction, they can provide support without enabling, set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and find healing.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.

Co-dependents Guide to the 12 Steps by Melody Beatie

Advice on how to find and choose the recovery program for you, as well as a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs, including AA, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more.

Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children by Charles Rubin

A self-help recovery guide for parents in the devastating situation of realizing that they are powerless to stop their children from self-destruction through drug and/or alcohol abuse.

Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers

A compassionate, user-friendly handbook for family and friends navigating the many challenges that come with a loved one’s new-found sobriety.

Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers

The first general consumer book ever on the powerful, award-winning, scientifically proven new system of intervention that is turning the recovery field on its head.

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover by Peter R. Cohen

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover is written for the parent whose child has serious problems with alcohol or other drugs.

It’s Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive by Robert Poznanovich and Andrew T. Wainwright

Today’s top addiction consultants guide families devastated by a loved one’s addiction.

Love First by Debra Jay

This revised and expanded edition of the most popular and effective book on intervention features enhanced tools and techniques to help loved ones face addiction.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

One morning, she woke up filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction by Debra Jay

No More Letting Go is a powerful, informative guide that provides comfort, hope, and practical advice to anyone affected by a family member’s addiction.

Now What by William C. Moyers

Addiction and recovery insider and expert William Cope Moyers answers the question “Now What?” for addicts and their loved ones, every step of their journey from contemplation through intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Parent’s 20 Minute Guide by The Center for Motivation and Change

The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide gives parents the best tools to help a loved one change their substance use while staying connected and using the power of science and kindness.

Recovering My Kid by Dr. Joseph Lee

National expert Dr. Joseph Lee explains the nature of youth addiction and treatment, and how families can create a safe and supportive environment for their loved ones during treatment and throughout their recovery.

Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents by Allison Bottke

A tough–love book to help readers cope with dysfunctional adult children, it will empower families by offering hope and healing through a six–step program to help parents regain control in their homes and in their lives.

Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson

In this meticulously reported book, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, explodes the myths surrounding marijuana.

The Steps We Took by Joe McQ

This is a book of plain-spoken wisdom for people with addictions and people who love them.

Weed Inc. by Ben Cort
The truth about what happens when capitalism meets a mind-altering substance.
Why Don’t They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek
This book offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions so they can help anyone struggling with addiction to begin the road to recovery.
Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffery Foote

The groundbreaking method that “offers collective hope to families of substance abusers” (Kirkus Reviews), helping loved ones conquer addiction and compulsion problems through positive reinforcement and kindness.

Clean by David Sheff

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking.

Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-To-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals–(Hazelden Guidebook) by Carol Falkowski

The latest information on the newest drugs to hit your community-and who’s abusing them. An up-to-the-minute, comprehensive guide covering all current drugs of abuse.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

Fully charting the devastating opioid crisis in America: “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.

From Monsters to Miracles: Parent Driven Recovery Tools by Anette Edens

Most of us enter parenthood seriously unprepared. Regardless of how much we believe we know, we raise our children pretty much by what feels like instinct, doing what our parents did.

Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody by John Z

Packed with vivid illustrations, good humor, and practical wisdom, Grace in Addiction attempts carry the unexpected good news of AA out of the basement and into the pews–and beyond!

If You Loved Me, You’d Stop! What You Really Need to Know When Your Loved One Drinks Too Much by Lisa Frederiksen
First published in 2009 and still in demand today, “If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!” was Frederiksen’s first of six books dedicated to helping family members answer these kinds of questions.
Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works by Anne M. Fletcher

An eye-opening tour of the addiction treatment industry explores the gap between what should happen and what does.

It Takes a Family by Debra Jay

Counselor and interventionist Debra Jay shows alcoholics, other addicts, and their loved ones how to work collaboratively and as individuals to take on the roles and responsibilities that support long-term sobriety.

Loving Lions: A Guide for Families Struggling With Addiction by Mike Wilson

A glimpse into the darkness and confusion of addiction, both from the addict’s perspective and the family’s experience. The author provides a detailed description of his journey through active addiction and the recovery process.

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel

Once a daily drug user and college dropout, now a neuroscientist, Judith Grisel shares what she and other scientists have learned about addiction, enriched by captivating glimpses of her personal journey.

Not By Chance: How Parents Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment by Tim R. Thayne

Solid research, simple exercises, and captivating stories taken from Thayne’s own life and the living rooms of hundreds of American homes. This book serves up concrete tools, hope, confidence, and stamina for families, professionals and mentors.

Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity: Real Solutions for Long-term Recovery from Opiate Addiction by Joani Gammill

Recovering addict and prominent interventionist Joani Gammill offers a radically effective approach for those struggling with opiate addiction, sharing sometimes controversial tips that have worked for others who are in long-term recovery.

Recover to Live:  Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction by Peter Lawford

The world’s top experts share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency, what treatments will work best, how best to help yourself or a loved one recover from addiction, etc.

Recovery Options: The Complete Guide by Joseph Volpicelli M.D. Ph.D.

A clear and compassionate guide to overcoming substance problems.

Teens Under the Influence by Katherine Ketchum

Focusing entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, addressing the immediate dangers that threaten these kids—exploring the effects of their addiction and giving parents solid, sensitive, practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.

The Four Seasons of Recovery for Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts by Michael Speakman

Provides a clear understanding of what you can do to best help your adult child and yourself. This book is about hope, realistic hope.

Under the Influence by Katherine Ketcham
Under The Influence examines the physical factors that set alcoholics and non-alcoholics apart, and suggests a bold, stigma-free way of understanding and treating the alcoholic.
What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Christopher Kennedy Lawford revisits addiction, this time framing the discussion in an entirely new way—the lessons addiction and recovery offer to those of us who haven’t battled addiction.
The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction by Sandra Swenson

Sandy Swenson beautifully orchestrates a mother’s lessons of love and loss, while surviving her son’s addiction—while coming to terms the fact that he may not. Included on Book Authority’s Best Addiction Books of All Time list

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy
Patrick J. Kennedy details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.
A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth by Barbara Cofer Stoefen
A Very Fine House is an intimate memoir of a Christian mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime.
Book Authority’s Best Addiction Books of All Time
As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc – BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world.
From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery by Tim Ryan
This story chronicles Tim’s grueling journey into addiction, loss, and recovery. Sit with Tim in his prison cell. Walk with him as loved ones are torn from his reach. Rejoice with him as lives are miraculously recovered.
Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
A myriad of different moments of where these men and women have been and where they must go. They shed light not only on their own experiences but also on the journey we all take as human beings.
Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home by D’Anne Burwell
SAVING JAKE gives voice to the devastation shared by the families of addicts, and provides vital hope. Above all, it is a powerful personal story of love and redemption.
Shoot My Ashes From A Cannon: Beyond Addiction—The Letters by Danni Morford
Danni gently pulls us into the reality of her world, letter by letter, capturing the thoughts and feelings of mothers with addicted children. Exquisitely painful and achingly gorgeous. A true gift.
The Only Life I Could Save by Katherine Ketcham
Hard-earned wisdom about the impact of addiction on families, the relationship between spirituality and recovery, and what she deems the most important lessons of faith, hope, acceptance, and forgiveness.
If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh
The story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles–and ultimately reckons with–substance use disorder. Included on Book Authority’s Best Addiction Books of All Time list
A Mother’s Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Maggie C. Romero
A Mother’s Story is a searing and intimate portrait of addiction and how it has been passed down in Maggie Romero’s family from generation to generation.
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is a memoir by David Sheff that describes how his family dealt with his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction.
Broken by William C. Moyers
Candid, shocking, and unforgettable, Broken is a haunting and clear-eyed tale that offers hope for all those wrestling with addiction.
Jagged Little Lies by Lorelie Rozzano
All she’d ever wanted was to have a happy family. What happened? Where did she go wrong?
Off the Rails: One Families Journey Through Teen Addiction by Susan Burrowes
Hannah’s decline and subsequent treatment through the raw, honest, compelling voices of Hannah and her shocked and desperate mother―each one telling her side of the story.
Secret No More: A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child by Lisa Hillman
A story of discovery, shame, denial, and finally acceptance, Secret No More tells the story of one mother’s ultimate struggle with her son’s addiction and how it taught her a new way to love.
Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction by Libby Cataldi
Hard-earned wisdom about the impact of addiction on families, the relationship between spirituality and recovery, and what she deems the most important lessons of faith, hope, acceptance, and forgiveness.
The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare by Kristina Wandzilak
A child caught in the horror of addiction. A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her. A real life story, each giving their first-hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair.
Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
Mothers of addicted and alcoholic children share a deep connection—one that is rarely understood by anyone who hasn’t experienced a similar path. Sharing our perspectives helps us all grow stronger, together.
BALM: The Loving Path to Family Recovery by Beverly A. Buncher
This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.
Codependent No More: How To Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melodie Beattie
The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America’s best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life.
It’s Okay Not to be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time by Sheila Walsh
This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are.
Readings for Moms Of Addicts (App) by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
146 new readings, complementary to those in the book Tending Dandelions. Convenient and searchable, this is the perfect tool for use in support groups, or at any time you need connection and motivation.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
One person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Gretchen Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.
The Truth About Everything by Brianna Weiss
Life is a morphing of the beautiful and devastating, the inconsequential and cataclysmal. Writing about her own experiences, Brianna uncovers life’s greatest truths in pieces that you’ll turn to when in need of answers, comfort or a little tough love.
101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Weist
Deeply moving and philosophical writing, this new compilation features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, etc. Each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Natalie and Emily Nagoski
This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.
Courage to Change: One Day at a Time by Al Anon Family Groups
The daily meditations, reminders, and prayers from Courage to Change help families encourage their recovering alcoholic loved ones and point to Al-Anon’s impact as a vital part of recovery.
Readings for Moms Of Addicts (App) by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
146 new readings, complementary to those in the book Tending Dandelions. Convenient and searchable, this is the perfect tool for use in support groups, or at any time you need connection and motivation.
Today a Better Way by Families Anonymous
A daily reading for Families Anonymous.
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
Concentrating on self-esteem and acceptance, this book offers meditations for men and women recovering from codependency and aids them in their attempt to gain control of their lives.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives that goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations—moving toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness.