Alcoholics Anonymous

Clinically Reviewed by Linda Whiteside, LPCC

Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson, MD

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Books

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) books are an excellent resource for those recovering from an addiction to alcohol. They provide support and guidance through stories, advice, and strategies to help individuals stay sober. AA books can be a self-help tool or part of a treatment program with a licensed therapist. A good book can change an AA member’s life; luckily, many options exist.

Self-Help Books and Their Importance

AA books provide individuals who are struggling with an alcohol addiction a way to find support and guidance without the need for professional help. Self-help books can be highly beneficial in recovery, as they offer helpful information relevant to an individual’s situation and work well with self-help groups for addiction treatment.

The books often include stories from other recovering alcoholics, which can give readers a sense of hope and empowerment. Additionally, the books provide helpful advice about changing behaviors and developing strategies for staying sober.

Studying these books and contributing to your experience in an AA meeting can not only have an impact on others but also help you as well. Studies have shown that in AA meetings, the helper is supported by their efforts, and within a group dynamic, it means everyone benefits.

AA Books in Treatment Programs

AA books can also be used with a licensed therapist or healthcare professional in a treatment program. The books offer valuable tools to help individuals work through their struggles with alcohol and create an effective plan for recovery.

Therapists often recommend AA books to their clients, as they provide useful information and practical advice. The stories in the books can help individuals feel understood and empowered. Not only do they promote wisdom, but they also create room for self-reflection and positive thinking.

Books Published by AA

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) publishes various books specifically designed to help individuals in recovery. These books can be found in bookstores and online, and they often come with additional resources such as discussion guides or workbooks. Some of the most popular ones are:

1. The Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous)

The Big Book is the original AA book, first published in 1939. It includes stories from other alcoholics who have recovered and advice and strategies for staying sober. It’s considered one of the most influential and important books on recovery. This book is perfect for those starting their journey towards recovery. It includes topics like the 12 Steps of AA and finding hope in recovery. Consider getting the book’s fourth edition since it’s better value for the price.

The Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous)

2. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

This book by Anon Al-Anon is an extension of The Big Book and thoroughly explains the twelve steps and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a must-have for anyone wanting to work through the Twelve Steps program. This book can provide clarity as individuals progress through the program. Moreover, it forms a great foundation for those just beginning their recovery journey. Some of the most important topics that this book discusses include the importance of honesty, openness, and humility.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

3. Daily Reflections

Daily Reflections is a collection of brief, thought-provoking meditations on recovery topics written by members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The reflections are intended as a source of inspiration and comfort for people in recovery from alcoholism. Each reflection includes a quote relevant to the topic at hand from the Big Book of AA. It shares the personal stories of many people in AA and their selected writings. The reflections cover many aspects of recovery, including gratitude, acceptance, spiritual growth, self-care, and resilience. It can help you identify what type of alcoholic you are and remind you that you are not alone on your path to sobriety.

Daily Reflections

4.As Bill Sees It

As Bill Sees It is a collection of stories and advice from the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Written in a conversational tone, it conveys a message of hope to those suffering from addiction. This book provides an inspirational source of knowledge about recovery while offering guidance on living a sober life. This resource also offers support and understanding for family members of those affected by addiction. It provides an accessible and informative resource to help individuals on the journey to recovery.

As Bill Sees It

5. Living Sober

Living Sober is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about Alcoholics Anonymous and its principles. This booklet presents an overview of the program, the steps involved, and how to live without alcohol. It also looks at the different approaches that can be taken to help people stay sober. The author provides practical advice on setting and developing strategies to achieve goals. The booklet also contains helpful stories from recovering alcoholics, providing readers with insight and motivation to stay on the path of sobriety. Living Sober is an invaluable resource for those looking to learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous and how to live a life without alcohol.

Living Sober

6. Came to Believe

Came to Believe is a book by Alcoholics Anonymous that introduces the program and its principles. This book explores the spiritual journey of recovery and how to find a personal power greater than ourselves. It covers topics from prayer and meditation to the Twelve Steps and even outlines advice on building relationships with other AA members. With insights from recovered alcoholics, Came to Believe provides a comprehensive overview of the AA program and how it can guide living a life free from alcohol. The book is invaluable for those looking to learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous and its principles.

Came to Believe

Books by Independent Authors

Apart from books published by Alcoholics Anonymous, there are also many books written by independent authors who have had personal experiences with alcoholism and recovery. These can provide valuable insights into the challenges of addiction and how to overcome them. Some of these books by other sellers include:

  1. Drunk: The Definitive Drinker’s Guide by Paul Dickson
  2. Dry: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  3. Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
  4. Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola
  5. The Recovery Book: Answers to All Your Questions About Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety by Al J. Mooney M.D.,‎ Howard Eisenberg
  6. This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life by Annie Grace
  7. The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley
  8. Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy by David Sheff
  9. The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray
  10. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
  11. A Happier Hour by Rebecca Weller
  12. Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
  13. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions by Russell Brand

Finding the Right AA Meeting for You

To locate an AA meeting in your area, use the official website at or contact your local AA office for more information. You can also call 800-ALCOHOL (800-252–6465). Once you have identified a meeting nearest you, you can attend the session and introduce yourself as someone seeking help. The group members will be happy to guide and support you in your recovery process.

At NuView Treatment Center, you can quickly look for AA meetings near you. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to help individuals in recovery find the resources and support they need to return to living a life free of drug dependence. Contact us at (323) 307 – 7997 or email us at to learn more about how we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

A. Self-help and group study books can provide valuable insight into the recovery process, offering support and guidance when faced with difficult decisions or feelings of relapse. The books also serve as a reminder that you are not alone in your journey to sobriety, providing comfort and motivation for individuals in recovery. Regardless of how many thousands join AA meetings, these books provide stories and lessons that inspire hope.

A. Generally, the group leader predetermined the discussion topics based on common recovery themes such as understanding addiction, strategies for avoiding relapse or building supportive relationships with other AA members. However, suggest an interesting topic related to a book and see if the group accepts it. Also, ask your local AA office to consider organizing a book discussion or review session.

The Alcoholics Anonymous website provides comprehensive information on the program, its history, and how it works. Also, blogs and podcasts are dedicated to recovery topics that can be accessed online. You can also join online forums and chat groups that support individuals in recovery or those seeking help. The Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office provides an extensive list of suggested readings for further study.

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Written By: Linda Whiteside

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been providing mental health services for over 10 years.

Medically reviewed by: Dr. Ryan Peterson

Went to medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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