Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions
This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it.
What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perus
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 ...more
5 *'s? Sure. When an author expresses hims ...more
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 ...more
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.
•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 ...more
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 toward ...more
My interest in reading it was two-fold: yes i was curious because he is a well-know ...more
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! ❤
I do not consider myself a ...more
- 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 wh ...more
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 nee ...more
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 varia ...more
He then takes us through how he handled the 12 steps of AA, applying them to his addictions to alcohol, drugs, sex, food, and fame.
This wasn't a fun, happy-go-lucky book. Instead, we got to see the inner wor ...more
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 2 ...more