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Ordinary Recovery
Mindfulness, Addiction, and the Path of Lifelong Sobriety
Written by William Alexander
Foreword by Kevin Griffin

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-828-8 (1-59030-828-X)

The key to ongoing freedom from alcoholism or any other kind of addiction is right before us, here and now, in the ordinary and perfect present moment. The problem is that addictions are often the result of our efforts to escape living in the present in the first place. Bill Alexander’s... Read more >

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The Rooms of Heaven

Written by Mary Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77656-7 (0-679-77656-7)

“A love story, a memoir, a haunting tale of grief and healing. This book is all that and more.” —Chicago Tribune

In the tradition of Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted and Caroline Knapp's Drinking: A Love Story, Mary Allen tells a riveting love story that explores the uncharted territory between passion and addiction... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Crack in Iran

Written by Aslon Arfa
Text by Steffen Gassel

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-554-4 (1-57687-554-7)

Creating an accurate picture of daily life in Iran is a difficult endeavor. Due to strict religious and moral codes, even photographing a woman inside her home without a scarf covering her head is all but impossible. Evidence of the censure of media in Iran has always been visible to Western... Read more >

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The Healing Power of the Breath
Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions
Written by Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-902-5 (1-59030-902-2)

Millions of Americans suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and trauma-induced emotions and behaviors; and most would prefer not to take medication for their conditions due to troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates.

Drs. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg provide a... Read more >

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Holy Hunger
A Woman's Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment
Written by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70087-3 (0-375-70087-0)

"A worthwhile tale about true nourishment that comes not from [eating] but from engaging on a spiritual path." --Los Angeles Times

In this wrenchingly honest, eloquent memoir, Bullitt-Jonas describes a childhood darkened by the repressive shadows of her alcoholic father and her emotionally reclusive mother, whose demands for excellence, poise, and self-control... Read more >

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Overcoming Addictions
The Spiritual Solution
Written by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 24, 1998
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80195-6 (0-609-80195-3)

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Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Bobby's Book

Written by Emily Davidson
As told by Bob Powers
Photographed by Bruce Davidson

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-448-0 (1-60980-448-1)

In 1998, at the very moment that a publisher had approached Bruce Davidson about a book of his 1959 Brooklyn Gang photographs, former gang leader Bobby Powers unexpectedly telephoned the Davidsons. Over the next decade, Emily Davidson maintained an ongoing conversation with Powers in order to bring to light his struggle to overcome his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manifesting Minds
A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality
Edited by Rick Doblin, Ph.D. and Brad Burge
Contribution by Albert Hoffman, Ram Dass and Sasha Shulgin

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-726-5 (1-58394-726-4)

This book is a one-of-a-kind anthology, a “best of” collection of articles and essays published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Topics include the healing use of marijuana and psychedelics–including MDMA, ibogaine, LSD, and ayahuasca–for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and drug addiction, as well as positive effects of these substances... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sober Truth
Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
Written by Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3315-9 (0-8070-3315-4)

AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5-10 percent success rate—hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Written by Charles Duhigg

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6928-6 (1-4000-6928-9)

Selected for common reading at Babson College

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter... Read more >

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Stop Obsessing!
How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions
Written by Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson
Foreword by David H. Barlow

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38117-7 (0-553-38117-2)

Stop Obsessing! reviews powerful and reliable techniques that have helped thousands of patients with OCD reduce or eliminate unwanted thoughts and rituals. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bitter Pills
Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs
Written by Stephen Fried

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37852-8 (0-553-37852-X)

When award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Fried looked into the cause of his wife's violent reaction to a prescribed new antibiotic, he wrote a series of articles on his research into the matter which led to a full-scale probe of "the other drug problem"-legal drugs and and the unexplored problem of adverse... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Healing Emotions
Conversations with the Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions, and Health
Written by Daniel Goleman

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-010-7 (1-59030-010-6)

Can the mind heal the body? The Buddhist tradition says yes—and now many Western scientists are beginning to agree. Healing Emotions is the record of an extraordinary series of encounters between the Dalai Lama and prominent Western psychologists, physicians, and meditation teachers that sheds new light on the mind-body connection. Topics... Read more >

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How to Break Your Addiction to a Person

Written by Howard Halpern

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38249-5 (0-553-38249-7)

How to Break Your Addiction to a Person is both an insightful look at the qualities of addictive human relationships, as well as an instructive, step-by-step guide to breaking that addiction--and surviving the split.

Drawing on dozens of provocative case histories, psychotherapist Howard Helpern expertly covers the nuances of this topic, such... Read more >

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How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
Written by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52875-7 (0-385-52875-2)

Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Made to Stick, are back with a groundbreaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and professional lives--how to change things when change is hard.

In Switch, Chip and Dan Heath have written a thoroughly engaging narrative about the... Read more >

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Beyond the Influence
Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism
Written by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad and Arthur P. Ciaramicoli

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38014-9 (0-553-38014-1)

Although alcoholism has been recognized by scientists as a disease rather than a character flaw, proper treatment for this condition is still unavailable to millions. Beyond the Influence offers solutions. This invaluable sourcebook, compiled by top experts in the field of alcohol dependency, clarifies the neurological nature of the disease and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Teens Under the Influence
The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs- How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It
Written by Katherine Ketcham and Nicholas A M D Pace

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-45734-9 (0-345-45734-X)

Teens Under the Influence focuses entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, addressing the immediate dangers that threaten teens—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents, counselors, and educators solid, sensitive, and practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.

Full of candid true stories from adolescent drug... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Drinking: A Love Story

Written by Caroline Knapp

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31554-8 (0-385-31554-6)

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Author Caroline Knapp, for example, started drinking at age fourteen. She drank through her years at an Ivy League college, and through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist. Publicly, she was a dutiful... Read more >

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Witness to the Fire
Creativity and the Veil of Addiction
Written by Linda Schierse Leonard

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 5, 2001
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-87773-588-5 (0-87773-588-3)

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Written by Peter Madsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-647-3 (1-57687-647-0)

Weed, coke, heroin, molly, promethazine, crack, PCP, LCD, opium, hashish, mushrooms, and countless other illicit substances flood the streets of New York City where they are consumed as quickly as they can be delivered.

For Dealers, street reporter Peter Madsen set out across New York City–from staid Gramercy residences to bleak homeless... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Anatomy of Addiction
Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug, Cocaine
Written by Howard Markel

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7879-0 (1-4000-7879-2)

Acclaimed medical historian Howard Markel traces the careers of two brilliant young doctors—Sigmund Freud, neurologist, and William Halsted, surgeon--showing how their powerful addictions to cocaine shaped their enormous contributions to psychology and medicine.

When Freud and Halsted began their experiments with cocaine in the 1880s, neither they, nor their colleagues, had any... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How to Stop Time
Heroin from A to Z
Written by Ann Marlowe

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72016-8 (0-385-72016-5)

In this hypnotic and piercingly intelligent chronicle, Ann Marlowe dissects her former heroin habit, and recounts in harrowing detail the rigors and realities of life under the influence while building a successful Wall Street career and establishing a reputation as a critic in the alternative press. A one-time Harvard grad student... Read more >

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Close Encounters with Addiction
Written by Gabor Mate, M.D.
Foreword by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 520 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-880-6 (1-55643-880-X)

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. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Magnificent Obesity
My Search for Wellness, Voice and Meaning in the Second Half of Life
Written by Martha Moravec

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-505-3 (1-57826-505-3)

The voice of a generation, speaking on issues of mortality, body image, health and dreams deferred, Magnificent Obesity recounts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through the lenses of anxiety, addiction, aging and agnosticism. Although things don’t always turn out the way she’d hoped or planned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals
The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Written by Ian Osborn

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50847-2 (0-440-50847-9)

Over five million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Ian Osborn, M.D., a specialist on OCD and a sufferer himself, has written the first comprehensive book on this condition. In this practical guide, he provides scholarly insight on the experience, diagnosis, and treatment of OCD. He also reveals new discoveries about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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