When you’re in recovery-during or after drug and alcohol rehab-you find yourself with a lot of time on your hands. When you are recovering from addiction to opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers especially, you may feel like you’re all alone or that no one has successfully come back from such a debilitating disease.


Reading is not only a great way to pass the time, but it is an excellent way to see that you are not the first one to suffer from heroin addiction or OxyContin addiction, and that there is hope for the future. Books can also help you learn more about your addiction and yourself in the process. Check out some of the books below.

Autobiographies by Opiate Addicts

Do you sometimes feel like you’re going through this alone? Well there are a ton of books out there written by people just like you who have been where you were and are. Who knows. Maybe you’ll be inspired to pen your own memoir.

Fiction That Focuses on Opiate Addicts and Addiction

If nothing else, drug addiction provides an escape from the chaos of everyday life and the hammering of your own thoughts. It’s not quite the same, but books can do that for you, too, especially really well written fiction. I’ve picked out a few novels that tell the stories of addicts and addiction, in case you need a reminder of why you quit using in the first place.

History of Opiates and Opiate Addiction

Oh, the endless debate about the origins of different drugs, drug legislation, drug usage, etc. Drug lore in general is, for some reason, an intoxicating aspect of drug use. Get the facts with any of the titles below.

About Opiate Addiction

Even more about addiction and the drugs we are addicted to, with a little bit of personal commentary by the author. Interesting viewpoints. Check it out:

Interactive Books for Opiate Addicts in Recovery

If you’re looking for something a little more interactive, you might prefer a workbook type of book, one that guides you through your recovery and prompts you to dig deep and really get to the bottom of your addiction issues. Here are a couple you might be interested in:

Anyone have any favorites they’d like to add to the list?