Discovery of Recovery

Title: Discovery of Recovery
Subtitle: How to Build Your Life in Recovery
Author: Ann Real
Publisher: Independent
Copyright: 2022
ISBN-13: 979-8417840692
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help

Sometimes, I borrow ideas and information, not words, from one or more reference books when writing a blog post and, of course, attributing them. This is not only fair, but helpful for those who would like to know where to go for additional information.

If I quote portions of a book, I will do so sparingly, and with direct attribution, which is not only right, but required by copyright.

Discovery of Recovery has a stronger copyright notice than most, so I will avoid quoting any portion of the book in my review.

I do want to review this book, however, because it is excellent.

In the event that you're wondering why I like every book that I review, that may be true, but I don't like every book that I buy or that I read. I just choose not to review the ones that I don't find helpful, given that my objective is to make worthwhile recommendations. Among those that I found helpful, this is one of the best, and nobody's paying me to say that.

Okay, let's get started.

The author, Ann Real, is a Psychiatric RN specializing in addiction recovery, and a person in recovery. Her story, and her path, is told in more detail in the preface of the book, and she makes use of her own experiences throughout the book, when applicable.

A lot of the books that I've read by people in recovery read like personal testimonials and, while there is a place for that, I am usually looking for information.

Discovery of Recovery is not a testimonial. It is loaded with useful information, and the personal experiences are used to illustrate points and to lend credibility.

She uses her own
experiences to discuss what it feels like to be in early recovery, but she doesn't limit the discussion to her story. Rather, she uses her story to illustrate the difficulties that are present in early recovery, and that problems don't simply disappear in sobriety. Addiction changes people in ways that create obstacles that will have to be navigated in sobriety, and she provides guidance.

In the second chapter, she spends more than forty pages on self-acceptance, examining self-hatred, remorse, control, and shame, and includes a section on the science of screwing up.

Building on the theme of what addiction does to the addicted, she discusses cognitive dissonance, cognitive distortions, and negativity bias, offering facts as well as a way out.

Other topics include a chapter on emotional regulation, followed by one on learning your authentic identity, and determining which stage you are in: learning to trust, autonomy, initiative, industry, identity, intimacy, generativity, and ego integrity, each of which is covered in detail, along with experiential knowledge exercises.

Other chapters include a crash course in becoming a responsible adult, and one on collective healing, which involves personal healing, healing your family, healing your community, and the world.

Ann Real take her readers through the recovery path, describing every step along the way, offering encouragement and hope, but without ignoring that which may be ugly and discouraging.

As with much of what is involved in recovery from addiction, the techniques that are useful in managing recovery and sobriety are concepts that anyone could use to improve their lives.

While I generally find it helpful to read a book from the first page to the last, you wouldn't be lost if you were to jump around, reading the parts that most interest you before going back to read the whole thing.

Currently, the paperback edition of Discovery of Recovery sells for $14.44 on Amazon, with a Kindle version available for $8.44. I recommend it.