Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
`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.
'This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.'
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 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
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.
Section - 1: Part OneIntroduction - 1: ForewordChapter - 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 outChapter - 5: Honestly tell someone trustworthy about how f*cked you areChapter - 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 toChapter - 8: Prepare to apologize to everyone for everything affected by your being so f*cked upChapter - 9: Now apologize. Unless that would make things worseChapter - 10: Watch out for f*cked up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happensChapter - 11: Stay connected to your new perspectiveChapter - 12: Look at life less selfishly, be nice to everyone, help people if you canChapter - 13: The BirthChapter - 14: ConclusionSection - 2: Part TwoChapter - 1: How to live it: The ExercisesChapter - 2: EndnoteChapter - 3: AfterwordChapter - 4: ResourcesAcknowledgements - 5: Acknowledgements