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Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions

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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

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Bluebird
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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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Kate Taylor
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Samarth Agnihotri
•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
Christine Jolley
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 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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."
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 toward
Sofia The Great
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.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-know
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! ❤
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Claudia Turner
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
- 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
Jazz 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
Curtis Lowton
Much of what Brand has to say about addiction comes from hard-earned wisdom. In this book, he takes the 12 steps utilised by many organizations (originated in AA) and rewords them in his own 'colorful' language. His conceptualization of addictions as a continuum that includes substances, food, sex, relationships, work, and technology is brilliant. More people should judge addicts less and realize that addiction is a pervasive means for people to self-medicate their mental health. THAT SAID, Bran ...more
Lynne Spreen
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 nee
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 varia
Christine Fay
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I don't even want to think about how many times I cried while reading this book. Russell Brand gives us not only an intimate look at his own life during which, in his own words, he tried use external means to solve internal problems. That's his definition of addiction.

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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
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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 2
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