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Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

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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 hones
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published September 21st 2017)
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    Michelle EXTREMELY useful. I didn't quite understand how 12 step programs worked and was apprehensive to attend any meetings due to the whole "God" factor.…moreEXTREMELY useful. I didn't quite understand how 12 step programs worked and was apprehensive to attend any meetings due to the whole "God" factor. Russell does an excellent job of explaining how you can be spiritual without religion, and he is so honest about his own recovery. I highly recommend the audio book. This book takes a realistic, all inclusive approach to the 12 steps. Ultimately, it got me to attend my first meeting. I am forever grateful for this book!(less)

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    Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book.

    There are parts of the book that are very good to great, but there are parts that are a bit out of place a couple of Russell’s antidotes seem out of place and I am not sure the go with the step he was trying to portray.

    One of the the things that does come across i
    Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audible
    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of brutal self-reflection he achieves in his writing here, and clearly in his path to coping with various addictions, was both moving and inspiring. It's not easy taking a long hard look at yourself, at the choices that yo ...more
    Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sheet of paper is 2 tiny spaces, your mind reels with the thoughts that could fill pages... She simply tells him what a survivor he is to have found drugs. Think about that.

    5 *'s? Sure. When an author expresses hims
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an absolute must read, and the new "Under the Skin" podcast (subscribe here! subscribe here!) is a must hear. Rusty you blimey done it again mate, I can't turn me head round without you breaking more barriers between us ...more
    Melania 🍒

    I really liked this. It’s obvious that Russell is a very deep and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human being can have.

    I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that was written, but there were some very interesting ideas in this book. Also, it was deeply personal in places, so I guess it wasn’t easy for Russell to be t
    Mustafa Hameed
    Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it have wider appeal. If you suffer from addictions of any kind, its definitely worth a read.
    Kate Taylor
    Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you continually make that cause you unhappiness and how you go about re-programming your mind to avoid making them in future. Don't think that this book just applies to the well known "serious" addictions of alcohol, drugs, ...more
    Noran Azmy
    Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I'm not sure if it's entirely fair that I took a star away from this book; even in its beautiful prose, it's far from perfect, but it's still perfectly marvelous. Recommended to any human being.
    Alicia Huxtable
    Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call it, makes you take a step back and look at your life. Yes, it can be tough but, and I can say this honestly, it is an eye opener. He is so open and honest and raw that you can't help but want to follow his steps an ...more
    Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this.

    I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and some other stuff all in one place, organized and beautifully put.
    Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: non-fiction
    started well, fizzled out at the end.

    I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist.

    Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago.

    This started strong, with easy to understand, instantly engaging outlines of the 12-step as favoured by many AA type programmes. I cannot pinpoint what brought it down in rating for me, however I feel towards the end it was Brand's humour and
    Christine Jolley
    Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: morning-reading
    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom.
    Robin Drew
    Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Great read.

    I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I can listen to him on the way to school. I wish he would create a meditation CD as his voice is calming! I highly recommend this book! ❤
    Claudia Turner
    May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor.
    Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing.

    "If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program."
    Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. That to me is the beauty of reading when you can relate so heavily to the author. And Russell does not hold back on the truth or his own vulnerability which makes this extremely captivating.

    I do not consider myself a
    Lynne Spreen
    Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader understand how to work the step. I laughed out loud, gritted my teeth, and cried, sometimes within the same paragraph. The greatest lesson of this book is that we are all human, with the same flaws and loveliness. No sens ...more
    Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars**
    As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand’s personal spin on the meaning and benefit behind the rules of The Program (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous) approachable, relatable, and practical. I believe this book (and its free online companion) could help a lot of people in need.
    Christine Fay
    Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
    So, Russell Brand basically revised the 12 Steps of AA to include a lot of F-bombs, and it took me a while to get into this book, but by step 5 I was highly engaged in the real struggle that he went through that included being inappropriately touched as a child. Having gone through bouts of addiction to various substances, and lots of moments where his over-thinking gets the best of him, who knew that such a personality would have so much wisdom to impart. I especially enjoyed the ending where h ...more
    Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended!
    Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps in a logical way that isn't over the top and is especially great if you are not a religious person. The book is raw, gritty, honest, touching, funny, and I cried happy tears at the end :)
    Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read.
    Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life.
    Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book.

    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they discussed and the incredibly honest and vulnerable way he shared parts of his own story. Fast forward a few months and from listening to his podcast I learnt about Russell Brand's newest book Recovery: Freedom from Our ...more
    Dusty Wilmes
    Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Brand's facility for language is at times transcendent, mesmerizing in its ability to trace the contours of thoughts and topics rarely expressed. The book lies at the intersection of 12-step recovery and Buddhism, and focuses on addiction and avoidance behaviors ranging from drugs to porn to compulsive internet use. He delves into the philosophical underpinnings of those problems, tracing them back to narcissism and the insatiability of ego. His quirky and often profound personal examples bring ...more
    Scottsdale Public Library
    Russell Brand’s "Recovery: Freedom From Our Addiction" is a great guide to begin an understanding of what addiction is. It is a fantastic medley of honesty, humor, and compassion with eye opening perspective that invites the reader to observe any patterns of habits in their own behavior that may be unhealthy. Brand interlaces his own personal experiences with addiction and recovery within his own interpretation of a twelve step program. I enjoyed this book on many levels as Brand carefully weave ...more
    Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thanks for the generous help, Russell!
    Dec 17, 2017 added it
    I never thought i’d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I’m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn’t heard about him in some time. He’d dropped off my radar. And then, out of seemingly nowhere, I heard news of the impending release of this book.

    My interest in reading it was two-fold: yes i was curious because he is a well-known figure, bu
    Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I don’t have one of the more obvious addictions that everyone thinks of, but I still think this book is life changing. I will never be done reading it, I will need to go back and listen to it again and again. RB thinks of addiction as something on a contiuuum. We are all participating in addictive behavior of some kind, just by virtue of living in our society. I’m glad I really took my time with this one. There were some passages that I listened to over and over.

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    Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Brand dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka." Brand's current style consists of black eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, Beatle boots, and long, shaggy, backcombed hair.

    In October 2010, Brand married pop singer Katy Perry. The two separated in December 2011.
    “Addiction is when natural biological imperatives, like the need for food, sex, relaxation or status, become prioritised to the point of destructiveness. It is exacerbated by a culture that understandably exploits this mechanic as it's a damn good way to sell Mars bars and Toyotas.” 12 likes
    “You need only allow gentle hope to enter your heart. Exhale and allow hope, and give yourself some time. This is a process of change that requires a good deal of self-compassion, which is neither stagnant nor permissive. We can just start by being a little kinder to ourselves and open to the possibility that life doesn’t have to be bloody awful.” 9 likes
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