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7 Must Read Recovery Books by Strong Sober Women

No matter where you at in your recovery, from dipping your toe in the sober pool or are years into your recovery journey, these books will propel your recovery and give you the tools you need to live a life you’ll be proud of These 7 must-read recovery books by strong sober women are an inspiring, enlightening, and honest reflection of addiction from a modern women’s point of view.


1. Quit Like a Woman — Holly Whitaker  

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Quit like a Woman is a powerful book that redefines society’s relationship with alcohol. In the first half of the book, Whitaker delves into her journey to sobriety while unraveling how alcohol companies target women. The second half of the book is a guide for readers to get sober through methods that she’s tried and tested. This memoir is an honest and witty exploration of our society’s drinking culture through a feminist lens. 


2. My Fair Junkie — Amy Dresner  

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My Fair Junkie is a dark yet much-needed memoir that exposes the tragedy and heartache that comes with addiction. Amy Dresner goes into depth about her 20-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction. This book is an uncensored journey through multiple rock bottoms, arrests, visits to the psych ward, and years on the streets going from rehab to halfway houses. If this is triggering to you, you may want to skip this one. Though, this book will resonate with readers who’ve hit rock bottom and made it to the other side.  


3. We are the Luckiest — Laura McKowen 

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We are the Luckiest is an uplifting and positive perspective of how overcoming addiction and managing life without substances make you one of the lucky ones. Laura McKowen discusses her personal experience with alcohol and offers a hopeful and loving approach to coming to terms with addiction. She states that addiction can truly be a gift for us to live honest and authentic lives. Without lessening the severity of addiction, she gives readers an optimistic path to a life without shame of addiction.  


4. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober — Catherine Gray 

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The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober breaks sobriety’s bad rap by shining a light on how fun being sober can really be. Catherine Gray dives into the science behind why we drink and what happened after we quit drinking. Gray focuses on how to live a fulfilling life without alcohol by giving readers a guide on how to change their mindset around sobriety and truly embrace their sober selves.  


5. This Naked Mind — Annie Grace 

his Naked Mind — Annie Grace 

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This Naked Mind is easy to read educational memoir that unpacks the reasons we drink. Annie Grace uses psychological, neurological, cultural, and social factors to explain society’s dependence on alcohol.  Annie goes into detail about her own personal journey to sobriety. She helps you break free from alcohol through a combination of science and humor. This is a must-read for those looking to better understand their relationship with alcohol.  


6. Save Your Own Damn Life — Jessica Jeboult 

Save Your Own Damn Life — Jessica Jeboult 

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Save Your Own Damn Life is an unconventional self-help book designed to “light a fire under your ass” and motivate you to take control of your life. This book is a refreshingly honest, modern, and outright funny resource for women to get real support in their recovery. Jeboult goes through her life experiences, hilariously inspiring stories, and gives simple, motivating exercises to create a fun do it yourself, self-help book.  


7. The Sober Lush — Amanda Ward and Jardine Libaire 

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The Sober Lush confronts society’s belief that the one-way ticket to living a glamourous and thriving life is through glasses of rose. Amanda Ward and Jardine Libraire attempts to live the “ideal” lifestyle through drinking only brought them to a numb existence, blocking themselves from creating a future they truly wanted. This book is a road map to living a lush and sensual life without booze. They give examples and suggestions on how to network, date, and simply enjoy life without drinking. 


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