At first, getting clean and sober can seem just as baffling as addiction. But luckily, each of the fellowships have not just one but MANY different books that can serve as travel guides on your road to recovery.
The best place to start is with the big book, or main text of your fellowship. Although largely similar across all the fellowships, you’ll find that AA, NA, and the others have all made small tweaks to make their text more appropriate for people following that path.
From there, ask a friend, sponsor, or the literature person at your home group to recommend other books that are “conference-approved.” That means the books have been chosen by the General Service Conference as reflecting the group conscience of your Twelve Step fellowship as a whole.
Some examples are As Bill Sees It, Living Sober, or the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
But you don’t have to limit yourself to what you find on your home group’s shelves.
Exploring the wide array of self-help and recovery books, apps and movies available today is a great way to enrichen your recovery.
Just remember, though: If it’s not conference-approved, it might not match up with exactly what you’ve heard in your program. And it’s always a good idea to run anything you read in such texts by your sponsor.
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