Some of the people you meet who have gone through addiction treatment in New Jersey are complete book worms. They probably have all of the books they can find on drug and alcohol abuse and recovery. They are also likely in the middle of one or two novels. Some people, on the other hand, hate to even consider picking up a book and prefer to find their entertainment or information in different media. However, reading is one of the best ways you can exercise your brain, and an excellent way to gain knowledge on new subjects.


What Literature Can Offer Recovering Alcoholics & Drug Addicts

Reading anything is good for your brain, but there is also a great emotional and functional advantage to reading while you are going through intense personal change, whether it is a change such as attending rehab in New Jersey, or the transition of rebuilding your life after completing addiction treatment and rehabilitation.

As you read a book a remarkable thing can happen. You can see the story through the main character’s experiences. If the author is particularly skilled, you will feel the highs and lows throughout the narrative. The reason this can be so very cathartic and educational because this way, someone can practice living through different scenarios and experiences without venturing out of their New Jersey rehab room, or bedroom at home.


Discovery InstituteHow Do I Find The Right Story For Me?

If you want to read about how other people have made it through the struggles of substance dependence, or  that you’re going through now, go to the library and talk to a librarian. This is the part of their job they love. Tell them that you would like to see literature with protagonists, or main characters, who are struggling with chemical dependence on drugs or alcohol, or ask them about any of the subjects you would like seen reflected in the hero of the narrative.

Even if the characters in the book are not based on real drug and alcohol addicted people, a well crafted character is multidimensional and will drive the plot of the story with its struggle and dynamic relationships. That’s why talking to your librarian is important. They will know what writers styles align with what you want to get out of the book you’re trying to find. Librarians are almost always very kind and more than happy to help, and indeed, delighted that they get to recommend.



There’s something decidedly safe and profoundly enlightening about about watching someone else struggle and fight for themselves through story at the kind of intimate level that most literature narratives will afford you. It helps you decide how you want to be moving through your own difficult moments.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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