by Bee Sloan
When I first got sober, all I knew was that I didn’t want to die this way. For the first time I understood that drinking was really going to kill me. Not that I didn’t want to die; because I did, but then a nurse told me, “You don’t want to die THAT way. It’s a really ugly way to go.” Finally this message penetrated my fogged brain and I became ready to do whatever it took to get sober. And as I did the work of early recovery, I became more and more willing to live, to learn about my true nature, and to do the work to become the person I was meant to be.
These are the books that helped me most, my first year. There are many more, which I hope to share with you in future newsletters:
- “Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction” Noah Levine
- “Against the Stream” Noah Levine
- “The Heart of the Revolution” Noah Levine
- “Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Workbook” Kevin Griffin
- “One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps” Kevin Griffin
- “The Twelve-Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from Any Addiction” Darren Littlejohn
- “Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction” Damien Keown
- “The Recovery Book: Answers to All Your Questions About Addiction and Alcoholism” A.J. Mooney
And finally, strangely enough, “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor, an inspirational story of a woman’s stroke and recovery, written from her own point of view as a neuroscientist. I learned a lot about how the brain heals from this book. It was recommended to me by my nurse at Hazelden.