Addiction & Recovery for Dummies

Shaw, Ritvo, and Irvine

Dr. Munden's 26 years of working in the field of addiction medicine, along with his own recovery as an addict/alcoholic and parent of addicts, makes his blood Nunnelee interesting but informative.  He is certified by ASAM and a fellow of ABAM as well as a medical review officer MRO).  As the father and son of alcoholics and addicts, he shares both his personal and professional experience in addiction issues.  He explains the science of addiction as a disease in a way the general public as well as the health care professional can both benefit and gain understanding of addiction.

There's an Addict in My Closet: The Truth About Addiction

Herbert C. Munden, MD

An in-depth look at drug and alcohol addiction as a chronic, treatable disease of the brain.  Healing the Addicted Brain presents a step-by-step approach to staying sober and preventing relapse for those recovering from an alcohol or drug addiction.

Healing the Addicted Brain

Harold C. Urschel, III, MD

In this clear and comprehensive account, a leader in pharmacologic research focuses on the neurobiology of drug addiction  and illuminates that "highs" and the "lows" that drugs can produce.  Providing full coverage of the 7 families of addictive drugs–alcohol, heroin and other opiates, cocaine and amphetamines, marijuana, caffeine, and hallucinogens–Dr. Goldstein places emphasis upon their actions in the brain and their psychological aspects.  Delving further, he calls attention to the current laws and flaunt policies that aim to control drug addiction and throughout, he relates fascinating personal accounts of addiction research to which he has been a major contributor for over 25 years.  Finally,  Dr. Goldstein highlights moderate research on the genetics and neurobiology of susceptibility to addiction.

Addiction: From Biology to Drug Policy

Avram Goldstein, MD

Dr "Skip" Sviolka lived life as a successful, driven, athletic, and brilliant graduate of Harvard Medical School, reveling in wealth and glamourr until addiction brought his life crashing down.  This real-life "Dr. house" had it all until addiction took everything.  Miraculously, recovery gave him back his family, his self-respect, and much more.

From Harvard to Hell and Back: A Doctor's Journey Through Addiction to Recovery

Sylvester Sviolka III, MD

In Drugs and Drug Policy, three noted authorities survey the subject with exceptional clarity and without ideological blinders.  They discuss the pharmacology, economics, and olitics of drugs.  They explore both their benefits and their links with disease, crime, and terrorism and they take a hard look at the ugly politics that surround the issue.  Crisp, clear, and comprehensive, this is a refreshing break from both the drug-war chant and the anti-drug-war rant.

Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know

Kleiman, Caulkins, and Hawken

The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease.

The Hungry Heart

Bess O’Brien, Director/Producer

Junior, a young father trying to turn his life around after years of heroin addiction, joins forces with a group of former injection-drug users in the Bronx to fight the disease in their community. Knitting personal narratives together with a profile of innovative programs at a methadone clinic, the film explores the concept of storytelling as an instrument of change and gives a powerful voice to a marginalized population. Ultimately a very personal story of redemption and hope, The Fix puts a human face on addiction and disease with sensitivity and grace.

The Fix

Laura Naylor, Director, Producer

The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades...UNTIL NOW.  Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates have begun to step out of the shadows to fuel a passionate new public recovery movement that will transform public perception, and ultimately the response to the addiction crisis...FOREVER.

The Anonymous People

Greg D. Williams, Director

The American Society of Addiction Medicine's book on treatment/placement criteria for patients suffering with addiction/substance use disorders matching multidimensional severity and level of function with type and intensity of service.

The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions

David Ed Mee-Lee, MD

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach.  In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Gabor Mate, MD

A nationally recognized clinical expert and leading researcher on marijuana, Kevin P. Hill provides a comprehensive guide to understanding the drug in Marijuana: Cutting through the Myths about the World’s Most Popular Weed. Through research-based historical, scientific, and medical information, Hill will help you sort through what you hear on the streets and in the media and cut straight to the facts.

Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed

Kevin P. Hill, MD

In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Daniel G. Amen, MD

From David Carr (1956–2015), the “undeniably brilliant and dogged journalist” (Entertainment Weekly) and author of the instant New York Times bestseller that the Chicago Sun-Times called “a compelling tale of drug abuse, despair, and, finally, hope.”

The Night of the Gun

David Carr



Hot off the press guidelines from ASAM regarding Medication Assited Therapy for Opiate Addiction. 

This document provides guidance to New Mexico qualified physicians who treat opioid addiction using medications that contain buprenorphine, which are schedule III controlled
substances. At this time, the only controlled substances approved for such use are buprenorphine sold as a monoproduct (Subutex® and generic versions) and buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®). This guide also provides guidance for other
members of the healthcare team including nurses, Recovery Coaches, counselors, pharmacists, administrators, and alsothird-party payors.

New Mexico Treatment Guidelines for Medical Providers Who Treat Opioid Addiction Using Buprenorphine

Komaromy, Buser, Silver, et al

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The Recovery Book provides a direct and easy-to-follow road map to every step in the recovery process, from the momentous decision to quit to the emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that arise along the way. Its comprehensive and effective advice speaks to people with addiction, their loved ones, and addiction professionals who need a proven, trusted resource and a supportive voice.

The Recovery Book

Dold, Mooney, and Eisenberg

An excellent series of lectures (On DVD) on the neurobiology and other aspects of addiction by Dr. Thad A. Polk that is presented in plain language and easily understood by both layperson and professional alike.

"The Bible" of AA.  Bill W's and Dr Bob's story of recovery from alcoholism and the fellowship that spawned Alcoholics Anonymous which has helped thousands--if not millions of addicts and alcoholics worldwide for nearly 80 years.

The "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous

Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, MD

AKA "Bill W and Dr. Bob"

The Four Pillars of Recovery: A guide to Recovering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

John R. Vigil, MD, DABAM

Not in print (Available only through contact with the author)

I have decided to write this book as someone that has more than just a professional interest in the study of and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction, but also as someone who has a very personal interest as well as deep personal investment in this topic.  Besides being a medical doctor who has undergone many years of education and training and who has garnered experience over the years in the study of and treatment of addiction and the medical consequences of addiction, I am also a recovering alcoholic who has been in active and sustained recovery for almost `14 years now.   I have lost 3 brothers to drugs and alcohol, all of them in their 30s. I have another brother who is an active alcoholic with end-stage liver disease and more than likely will die of his disease and, finally, I have a beautiful daughter who became addicted to heroin at the age of 17 and who at the time of this writing has 9 years of active and sustained recovery and another daughter who is struggling with her own addiction to alcohol and is in early recovery.  Much of what I write in this book has come from what I have learned from the professional study of addiction as well as from the professional experience I have gained over the years of treating addiction and its medical consequences, but most of what I have to say in the following pages comes from what I have learned from my personal experience of the living hell that was my addiction and the salvation that was my recovery.

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.  Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction

David Sheff

Think you have an addiction?  this compassionate guide helps to identify the problem and work towards a healthy, realistic approach to recovery, explaining the latest clinical and self-help treatments for both adults and teens.  This book also offers tips on reducing cravings, handling relationships, and staying well for the long run.

Excellent short book on the history and current state of affairs regarding the treatment of Heroin addiction in the US.  A must read for both providers and the public. 

The ASAM National Practice Guidelines
For the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use