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Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,779 ratings  ·  865 reviews
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 h
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Henry Holt & Company (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. Rus…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)
Kathy Klein I don't have any of the big addictions but listening to the book realized some "little" ones that make my life less. Working the steps seems like a gr…moreI don't have any of the big addictions but listening to the book realized some "little" ones that make my life less. Working the steps seems like a great start for any seeker out there.(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 🍒
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

I really liked this. It’s obvious that Russell is a very interesting 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
J Singh
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Russell Brand here has put together a 12-step comprehensive and very detailed recovery program for addicts who suffer in their multiple or singular addictions. A proven program derived from his personal experiences, as he describes his approach, experience and results in each of the 12 steps. Packed with his individual flair, humour, honesty and creativity, this proved to be a very entertaining and intellectual read. He has most certainly delved into the depths of his own consciousness to unders ...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. ...more
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
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. ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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.
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
Samarth Agnihotri
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
•If your are dealing with any addiction issue, however quiet or consuming your condition may be, then you should definitely check this book out.
•It helped me a lot to deal with my problems. The only requirment is that you are commited to change and honest.
•This book contains 12 steps given to deal with addictive issues. As you may already know about Russell Brand and his verbal usage, you listen a lot of f-words in it.
•You might feel down in front of Russell Brand but addiction at any level i
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: uk, 2021-read
It's just fun listening to Russell, he is funny, smart and eloquent, and this book does a good job explaining how 12-step-programs work, thus probably helping people who are hesitant to tackle such a journey although they would highly profit from it. There are some passages that seem slightly self-indulgent, but hey, the author warned us from the beginning about his flaws. You gave to give it to the guy though that he is very serious about his own recovery and helping others, and that he managed ...more
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."
Sofia The Great
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF . I do have a respect for Russell Brand and I think he's very smart. I just can't do this audio book. He makes a point but continues to ramble on and on with analogies. I just kept tuning him out. I like the message he's trying to deliver but it gets lost in his delivery. ...more
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
Christine Jolley
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked 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
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! ❤
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
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've listened to parts of this book (Steps 3, 6, 7) SO MANY TIMES that I can't count. But I just did a start to finish re-listen (3rd time), and I stick by my 5 star rating. It's an amazing book for anyone struggling with a substance or behavior they can't change.

**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. H
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

I really liked it.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember the first time I saw Russell Brand it was just him doing stand up where he was riffing on the day’s headlines and I thought that was pretty clever and have been something of a fan ever since. Audible had its annual giant Black Friday sale, and this was one of the selections. I didn’t super think I needed a 12-step, but I figured I liked him well enough and the reviews were good enough to give it a go.

Haha, joke’s on me. I 100% needed this. Something terrible happened to me in 2017, a
Dec 13, 2018 added it
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- I learned SO MUCH about 12 step programs that I did not know and have a great deal of respect and appreciation for them... it's generally got me thinking about doing my homework more around structures and systems for support
- a ton of this thinking resonated so strongly with my own work in therapy, recovery, etc.... i.e address problems, accept help, be willing to change, accept the possibility of living in different ways, commit to change one day at a time, connect to others who share and
Savannah Stapley
Jul 27, 2021 rated it liked it
A bit repetitive. Appreciated that he addressed the entire scope of addiction to things like social media, food, ego, etc... Some chapters resonated with me more than others. He has lots of good insights that I learned from but other insights that left me like huh? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t read this book because I was hoping he would shed light on his and Katy Perry’s break up but he doesn’t mention her once, so that was disappointing for me
John Naylor
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is John Naylor.
As I write this review I am 600 days sober (I didn't know the exact number before starting this review. It just worked out well.)

I applaud anybody who can use a 12 step program to both get and maintain sobriety (note: I will use sober in this review to mean free from addiction. I will use it to mean not using or doing a destructive behaviour that a person is addicted to.) I will add that my own experience (and those I have been around) have included variable results with t
Marcus Olozulu
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very revealing. If you want to own up to your addictions and do something about it, then read this book.
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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.

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