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Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

A guide to all kinds of addiction from a star who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food, and eBay, that will help addicts and their loved ones make the first steps into recovery.

"This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud.... My qualification is not that I am better than you but I am worse." (Russell Brand)

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity. He believes that the question is not "why are you addicted?" but "what pain is your addiction masking? Why are you running - into the wrong job, the wrong life, the wrong person's arms?"

Russell has been in all the 12-step fellowships going, he's started his own men's group, he's a therapy regular and a practiced yogi - and while he's worked on this material as part of his comedy and previous best sellers, he's never before shared the tools that really took him out of it, that keep him clean and clear. Here he provides not only a recovery plan but an attempt to make sense of the ailing world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Russell Brand (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Amy Karuletwa 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful, Witty, & Inspiring!!"

    Russell Brand is an amazing author! He’s funny, honest, inspiring and overall a very creative writer!! I would highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially if you’re in a place where you’re seeking answers, advice or even direction! Brand does an amazing job of walking through the 12 step program, using his personal experiences & examples, as a way to facilitate a healthy look at creating life changes and becoming the best version of yourself!

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    michael weiland Chicago, IL United States 10-19-17
    michael weiland Chicago, IL United States 10-19-17
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    "Relatable personal recovery experience"

    I felt Russell's elaboration on the Twelve Steps was a relatable personal recovery experience that I was able to identify with. He also addressed recovery with a real and honest sense of sacredness. I adore him even more.

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    photodog 10-19-17
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    "Amen"

    Great information for those in a 12 step program or in need of one. Not sure we could not all use these tools. Very good book

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    Mel 10-19-17
    Mel 10-19-17 Member Since 2009
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    "As only Mr. Brand could put it"


    There is a little anecdote in the book where Brand is speaking with a counselor, a grueling session that has gone on and detailed the darkest parts of his life and the severity of his addictions. When she stops speaking she looks at him awestruck, and in that little pause, that on a sheet of paper is 2 tiny spaces, your mind reels with the thoughts that could fill pages... She simply tells him what a survivor he is to have found drugs. Think about that.

    5 *'s? Sure. When an author expresses himself with such sincerity, intimacy, and intelligence -- I am inclined to feel gratitude for the shared experience. (And never has the phrase "F*ed up* sounded so proper.) I also thought Brand's definition of addiction and how that broadened interpretation fit into our current world was significant. I bought this book to expand my understanding of addictions and recovery, and also as a reader that has experience with the subject professionally and within my family that is always looking to better understand. I've read extensively on the subject, lived with it, and worked with addicts. And I think that sadly, that has become the norm.

    Brand doesn't give us anything new here other than his own experience and testimony of the 12-Step program, but he does it with more insight, expanding the concept of *Higher Power* with wisdom and his own comedic touch. He applies the 12-steps to a wide variety of the obstacles that might be keeping us from being the person we are meant to be (drugs, alcohol, food, anger, selfishness, depression, etc.). Rather than just educating myself, I came away with a desire to improve myself and be a little more at peace in my environment, and a little enlightenment. Some clinicians argue against the 12 Step program concerned that a participant would only be replacing one addiction with another...I think Brand gives an eloquent argument against that opinion.

    Brand has walked that razor-thin edge most of his life and knows the struggle very personally. This is a more than just his story fit into a guidebook, more than just another life preserver thrown out to those sinking. Brand seems to jump in and buoy up the drowning, and I am convinced he'd do just that. It's a fervent plea to those struggling under their own destructive burdens not to give up. By sharing his detailed journey, the hidden pains and the glorious celebration of the birth of his daughter, he is convincing that it's possible to not only gain back wellness but to be embraced by a world where you are an integral part of a journey toward being F-ing magnificent. *It's Russell Brand...uncensored. It's intelligent, heartfelt, endearing, very funny, and maybe a *thank you for Life* written to the author's own Higher Power.
    A case where the author brilliantly narrated his own book--I loved listening.

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    Amazon Customer 10-18-17
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    "Loved it"

    Great listen loved this book. This belief me see that there is another way to live. I love more connected than I thought possible.

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    JustAnotherGeek 10-18-17
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    I never considered the 12-step program before this, I struggle with food, thank you Russell for making this program more accessible.

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    Julie Gray Los Angeles, CA USA 10-18-17
    Julie Gray Los Angeles, CA USA 10-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Only for Russell Brand fans"

    I read about 2/3 of this book and I did indeed find many valuable gems and memorable moments. But then, I like Russell Brand and his off-kilter persona. None of the concepts in the book were new to me but that didn't bother me; what I like is that this book gives anybody addicted to anything (the internet, food, smoking - whatever) hope and a sense of empowerment. That said, it reads more like a memoir in a way, revealing the touching fact that Brand finally figured out how to make friends and connect to people outside of his industry or his drug use. I found that really touching how he underscores the primacy of friendships - but he acts as if this is a new discovery. I didn't finish the book because - well - I'd had enough. I get it. Maybe I'll return to the book at some point. I do recommend it - but again - only if you really like Brand. If you don't, I'm sure this book would be 100% obnoxious.

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    M B 10-17-17
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    "Amazing book! "

    I'm not an addict and haven't been but this book has a ton of value for anyone!

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    Belinda Wheaton 10-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This book is for everyone!"

    Whether you do or do not think you have an addiction - read this book! Because this is for everyone. This is for those who seek balance but are defeated at the end of each day wishing they could just control something or change something so they could feel good. This book is for those who believe they are missing something. Ok I'll quit raving.

    In addition to above - it is well written. And who better than Russell Brand to read his own book? It was a pleasure to listen to - I say as I am going to listen to it again.

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    Chuck Munier Manchester, Maine 10-17-17
    Chuck Munier Manchester, Maine 10-17-17 Member Since 2009
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    "The 12 steps with guts, brains, heat and soul."

    The has to be the best 12 step book I have ever read and, in 35 years of active AA recovery, that is quite a few. Mr. Brand is brutally honest and sincere to a fault. It is so articulately written, that, at times, it reads like a poem. There are many fine stories. wonderful metaphors, funny interludes, and interesting allegories. He reads it as he has lived it and it is a gem.

    For anyone who is serious about their recovery buy this book and listen to it more than a few times. Then print out the 12 step notes from his web site and go to work. You will be richly rewarded.

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