Recommended Books

Recommended books/media related to substance use:

In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts

A world renowned trauma expert combines real-life stories with cutting edge research to offer holistic approach to understanding addiction.

I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck

From The Angry Therapist blog founder and podcast host John Kim comes a guide for men looking to find more happiness in their relationships and more purpose in their life.

In The Rooms

In The Rooms is a free, digital meeting website and social network for the addiction recovery community.

Dopey Podcast

THE PODCAST ABOUT DRUGS, ADDICTION, AND DUMB SH#T

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions explains the 24 basic principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth

This book explores the terrifying next stages of the opioid epidemic and the quiet yet ardent stories of community repair.

SoberBuddy

Whether you’re kicking drinks or drugs to the curb - SoberBuddy is here for you no matter where you are on your journey.

Recommended books/media related to depression:

Five Minutes in the Morning

What if five minutes could change your routine and change your day? What if you checked in with how you are feeling for just those few minutes ....

Nein! Nein! Nein!

One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

A new theory of how the brain constructs emotions that could revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.

The Art Of Living

Master the art of living from one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders. Thich Nhat Hanh, the world’s most renowned Zen master, turns his mindful attention to the most important subject of all – the art of living.

Hyperbole and a Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Hidden Brain Daily Challeng

How good are you at distinguishing one face from another? Many of us have had the mortifying experience of running into someone who knows us by name — even though we have no idea who they are.

Recommended books/media related to anxiety:

The Gifts of Imperfection

This text informs its readers of acceptance-based techniques. This leading guide to therapeutic exposure focuses on inhibitory learning.

Headspace

Mindful meditation lets you calm down and breathe to relax during life’s difficult moments. Life is hard sometimes. Headspace is here to guide you through stress.

The Art of Noticing

131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday

Exposure Therapy for Anxiety

Now revised and expanded to include cutting-edge acceptance-based techniques and a new focus on inhibitory learning, this is the leading guide to therapeutic exposure .....

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind

The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave.

A Practical Guide to Mindfulness: Be Present in this Moment

Mindfulness is growing in popularity as a technique which teaches us to appreciate our life.This Practical Guide explores how to listen to your body to reduce stress and anxiety in all areas of your life;

Recommended books/media related to PTSD:

The Body Keeps the Score

A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing.

Trauma and Recovery

When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims.

What My Bones Know

A searing memoir of reckoning and healing by acclaimed journalist Stephanie Foo, investigating the little-understood science behind complex PTSD and how it has shaped her life

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook

Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need.

The Mindfulness Workbook for Ptsd

Effective Mindfulness Techniques for Reducing Traumatic Stress and Living in the Moment

Living at the Edge of the World

A searing, true story right out of 1980s New York City: During the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, with AIDS and homelessness raging out of control, a young woman survives four years living in the tunnels of Grand Central Station.

Recommended for other mental health related issues:

he Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder

This workbook will help you integrate your coping skills with a new and effective dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) plan for living well with bipolar disorder.

The Metamorphosis

is a story about a man named Gregor Samsa who wakes up one day to find himself transformed into a giant insect. This story reflects Kafka’s own struggles with mental illness, particularly schizophrenia.

Unmasking Autism

A deep dive into the spectrum of Autistic experience and the phenomenon of masked Autism, giving individuals the tools to safely uncover their true selves.

Thriving with Adult ADHD

Focus, organization, stress management, and more—these qualities are gained and improved by strengthening executive functioning and core skills.

The Imp of the Mind

In the first book to fully examine obsessive bad thoughts, Dr. Lee Baer combines the latest research with his own extensive experience in treating this widespread syndrome.

Recommended books/media related to social justice issues

The New Jim Crow

In her groundbreaking and devastating analysis of the American prison system, Alexander explains how the "war on drugs," in concert with our criminal justice system, has intentionally and comprehensively installed a new system of racial control as thoroughly as any Jim Crow era initiative.

A Colony in a Nation

Author Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. Hayes explores how profound contrasts between policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas.

Apple: Skin to the Core

Apple: Skin to the Core, is a YA memoir-in-verse. Eric Gansworth tells the story of his life, of an Onondaga family living among Tuscaroras, and of Native people in America, including the damaging legacy of government boarding schools

All Your Racial Problems Will Soon End

A collection of sidesplitting and subversive gag comics about Black life in America.

Policing the Planet

Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

Recommended books/media for LGBTQ+ communities

Leg : The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It

A hilarious and poignant memoir grappling with family, disability, and coming of age in two closets—as a gay man and as a man living with cerebral palsy.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference

Author Cordelia Fine, works to debunk the idea that men and women are hardwired with different interests.

Is It Hot in Here

In this memoir-esque exploration of selfhood, Zimmerman dives into the pros and cons of retiring a Bible-Belt-dwelling, meat-eating, God-fearing identity in exchange for a new, metropolitan lease on life—one of vegetarianism, atheism, queerness, and humor.

Recommended books/media for Grief:

Grief Is for People

Following the death of her closest friend, Sloane Crosley explores multiple kinds of loss in this disarmingly witty and poignant memoir.

Recommended books/media for Communication:

Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit, a fascinating exploration of what makes conversations work, and how we can all learn to be supercommunicators at work and in life.