Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand
`I believe that we are all on the addict spectrum, that the object of addiction is less important than the condition, and that in recovering as individuals, we can change the world. This book describes the way I work my programme and how it can work for anyone' A definitive guide to the disease of addiction from an addict who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, it will help anyone who is an addict (or loves an addict) make the first tentative steps into recovery. Russell Brand gently and humorously recounts his story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained from his thirteen years of recovery. Brand wants to speak to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from the serious, life-threatening misuse of substances to the more subtle but still troubling crutches, such as getting trapped in unhealthy and destructive relationships to avoid difficult feelings. This is a book for everyone.
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This is a brave and useful book, that I read in one day. It offers real insight into addiction and the stuff that drives it and Russell has done a great service in tackling the classic twelve steps in a non-reverential and totally entertaining kind of way that will help a lot of people. It feels wrong to say it is an addictive read, given the subject, but it really is. Russell doesn't just want to save our souls he wants to entertain us on the way. -- Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive Recovery should be read by the world -- Ruby Wax The premise of his programme is that the 12 steps followed by Alcoholics Anonymous can work for anyone. Recovery is the 12 steps, as translated by Russell Brand. -- Sunday Times While the insights are not original, the experience of them is unique and it's Brand's own story that gives the book its energy. For anyone with an abiding interest in Russell Brand. -- The Observer A thought-provoking explication of the 12-step program -- The New York Times Personally it always struck me as a bit unfair that only raging alcoholics and hopeless drug addicts got to practice the 12 steps, given how they provide such an invaluable emotional toolbox - now, thanks to the vision (his critics might say the ego) of Russell Brand, they are available to all. -- Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner Yum Yum Yum. Russell is an example of how the path of recovery and the spiritual path can be one and the same, a path towards inner love and freedom from attachment. -- Ram Dass Recovery conveys the kind of pointed wisdom that usually comes from having woken up to our suffering, and is therefore real. Outspoken, outrageous and courageous all at once, reading it is likely to jolt you into seeing things in a new way. And you will find that this new way will include, in the most natural, unfeigned manner, a sincere wish to be of service to others. -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love If you do not consider yourself to be an addict in the traditional sense, don't let that stop you from reading this book. Through the prism of his own experiences with addiction, eating disorders and abuse, Russell has captured essential, universal truths about modern society and the human condition. There is something here for everyone. He draws on wisdom throughout the ages and makes it relevant to the age of social media. Recovery manages to be both beautifully written and accessible. This is, in my opinion, Russell's finest written work to date -- Natasha Devon MBE, Writer & Mental Health Campaigner There is no better lesson to be learnt than by someone who has lived it. And with that in mind, Russell Brand is a man to listen to. Carefully. Beneath the performance he talks sense. A lot of it. -- Stylist Russell Brand brings an exhaustive and profound understanding of what it means to be felled by addiction and how to stand back up again. It is potentially there in all of us. -- Men's Health Recovery is a beautifully written book with a message about the human condition that will strike a chord with many, if not all, of us. -- Ruth Hughes * The Express *
About Russell Brand
Russell Brand is a comedian and an addict.
He's been addicted to drugs, sex, fame, money and power. Even now as a new father, fourteen and a half years into recovery he still writes about himself in the third person and that can't be healthy.
This is his fourth book. He still performs as a comic and is studying for an MA in Religion in Global Politics. He has two cats, a dog, a wife, a baby, 10 chickens and 60 thousand bees in spite of being vegan curious. He is certain that the material world is an illusion but still keeps licking the walls of the hologram.
Table of Contents
Section - 1: Part One
Introduction - 1: Foreword
Chapter - 1: Are you a bit f*cked?
Chapter - 2: Could you not be f*cked?
Chapter - 3: Are you, on your own, going to `unf*ck' yourself?
Chapter - 4: Write down all the things that are f*cking you up or have ever f*cked you up and don't lie, or leave anything out
Chapter - 5: Honestly tell someone trustworthy about how f*cked you are
Chapter - 6: Well that's revealed a lot of f*cked up patterns. Do you want to stop it? Seriously?
Chapter - 7: Are you willing to live in a new way that's not at all about you and your previous, f*cked up stuff? You have to
Chapter - 8: Prepare to apologize to everyone for everything affected by your being so f*cked up
Chapter - 9: Now apologize. Unless that would make things worse
Chapter - 10: Watch out for f*cked up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happens
Chapter - 11: Stay connected to your new perspective
Chapter - 12: Look at life less selfishly, be nice to everyone, help people if you can
Chapter - 13: The Birth
Chapter - 14: Conclusion
Section - 2: Part Two
Chapter - 1: How to live it: The Exercises
Chapter - 2: Endnote
Chapter - 3: Afterword
Chapter - 4: Resources
Acknowledgements - 5: Acknowledgements
Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand
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Short-listed for British Book Awards: Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2018 (UK)
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