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Recovery Paperback – September 3, 2019
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A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery
“This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse.” ―Russell Brand
With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction―from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not “Why are you addicted?” but "What pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running―into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person’s arms?"
Russell has been in all the twelve-step fellowships going, he’s started his own men’s group, he’s a therapy regular and a practiced yogi―and while he’s worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous bestsellers, he’s never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan, but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.
“A thought-provoking explication of the 12-step program run through the Mixmaster of Mr. Brand’s verbal pyrotechnics . . . spellbinding . . . stunning.” ―The New York Times
“A no B.S. program to conquer all.” ―Us Weekly
“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
“With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen years of recovery.” ―InRecovery Magazine
“Transformative . . . entertaining and easy to read . . . eye-popping.” ―The Guardian
“Russell Brand is a gift to this world! His ability to translate how to transform your life using modern language and humor is an invaluable resource for a new generation. This book is a must read!” ―Tony Robbins, New York Times bestselling author of Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook and Money: Master the Game
“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, author of Sane New World
“The premise of his program 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 (UK)
“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 (UK)
“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
“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 (UK)
“One of his most endearing qualities is his emotional honesty―his openness about his flaws and ignorance, and his confidence despite them.” ―CALM (UK)
About the Author
- Publisher : Picador Paper; Reprint edition (September 3, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125018245X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250182456
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.76 x 8.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I hated the idea of going back to a God I left when I couldn’t function.
I hated the idea of going to church and having to use church speech.
And I hated the idea of giving up what I knew was killing me.
Then a book that speaks the same language I do. Uses the same words I do. And outthinks me at ever step came into my view. This is the book that’s helping me go through recovery and to un f*** myself. I knew I needed it I just had no idea how much I wanted it.
How much the pain of my past and what I was running from was killing my future by not letting me live in the present. All the reasons I never wanted to look back and just keep stuffing anything and everything into the void to get those moments of joy that turned to sorrow. How broken I wouldn’t let myself feel. And how much I thought fixing it would hurt.
I’m still going through the book. I’m sure I will many more times. This isn’t a feel good in an hour then put it away kind of book. This is the manual for self realization. And that’s not something you put away until you have it down by heart.
If you’re looking at this book thinking that it will cure you it won’t. But it will help you save you. And that’s all I needed. Now all I want is to live here and now and for the first time in over sixteen long years I’m starting to see the present not as something to escape from. But something to run to.
If you wake up daily and try to forget the here and now this book is for you.
If the moment the slightest problem in your life makes you run to a fix. It’s for you.
If you made it this far. The book is for you.
And thankfully the book was for me too.
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Firstly, the profanity - the 12-steps is about developing a purity of heart - and paraphrasing the steps with the 'f' word is distateful. Secondly, it is surely against the 11th tradition which stresses anonymity at the level of press, radio and film. It's against the rules to promote recovery, because if he slips, it will discredit the programme.
But hey, maybe that's my own resentments at work. I read the whole book. I found it complemented the many other recovery texts I cherish - A New Pair of Glasses, God of our Understanding, The Steps We Took - I also managed to get my wife interested in reading it.
RB is sincere, and the book explains the process in a grown-up way, making it persuasive to a secular readership. He can vouch for the emptiness of sexual conquests, Hollywood fame and political meddling. Although given that he got clean in the early 2000s, it's surprisingly how long it took him to wake up and put the principles to work in all his affairs.
I like taking the message to those who still suffer, and this book is one I can recommend to people for a gentle introduction into the Bill Wilson philosophy. Bournemouth, where I live, is one of the 12 step capitals of the UK. It has grown out of the rehab community. I hope this book attracts more people to the many fellowships that exist here and across the UK.