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This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all-encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse. I am an addict, addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, money, love and fame.

The program in Recovery has given Russell Brand freedom from all addictions, and it will do the same for you.

This system offers nothing less than liberation from self-centredness, a new perspective, freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.

©2017 Russell Brand (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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thank you

Recovery has been a very honest and relatable look at the 12 step program. I have heard of the steps before but it always seemed so grand and high minded that I believed it was to morally unattainable for this sinner. But after this book, it seems well worth another go. thank you.

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  • H. Hopkins
  • 09-27-17

Everyone should read this book

This book was heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring at the same time. I'd been looking forward to its release and it didn't disappoint. Although I wouldn't consider myself an additct in the obvious junkie/alcoholic way, I've always felt that something was missing. Russell makes you consider how you live your life and your drives in ways I haven't heard before, even though I've read a number of self help/yoga/meditation books. I don't think he gets the credit he's due for trying to change people's life for the better. I'm glad he's found happiness with his new wife as well.

Narration added nuance that may be missed in reading the book.

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  • Barry Priddle
  • 11-16-17

My epiphany. The end of my 10y battle to stop.

Brilliantly written Russell is a genius. Love his interpretation of the 12 steps. I get it now!!! Not drank since and the difference this time.... I don't even want to! I feel free and in control I am giving life a try. I want to give Russell a hug for giving me my life back!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • jason baker
  • 10-01-17

Great book

I liked the links with existentialism. A very honest account of your experience, very inspiring.

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  • Louis Hayward
  • 09-27-17

Brilliant book

As an addict in active recovery, this book helped me refocus on the areas of my life that still need work. That will always need work.

It's honest, captivating, worthwhile and I recommend to fellow addicts wholeheartedly.

Thanks Russell.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-17

A poetic recovery program.

Russell narrates in such poetic tones that you can't help be enveloped by the story

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 09-21-17

Just what is needed

A full menu of pleasure for your ears as Russell describes this self help book in his always colourful way.

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  • Ms. A. Kennedy
  • 10-05-17

GREAT LISTEN

I loved this book and I loved Russell's narration. It is honest and I found it comforting to hear someone else speak out loud about what we all sometimes feel. Ironically, I think I will keep listening to this book over and over! He is so honest about himself and his life and I find that a very generous act. After listening to this it is impossible to ignore your own feelings and behaviour. I think this book could be a comfort to anyone who has anxiety, because ultimately I think that is the cause of a lot of addictive behaviour. I would like to think he would go on to narrate more books - he has great communication.

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  • thomas
  • 11-01-17

truly special

amazing. I struggled with the aa. I got lost at step 4 and quit, I went back and tried again but I was. too busy to do the work. I thought I could do it my way but I know that is my fundamental problem so after listening to someone as famous as Russell speak out so openly and honestly I am going to find another group and start again. incredible how I laughed put loud through most of this audio book. thank you Mr Brand.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

It all falls into place ✨🎩

So it wasn’t the book I thought it was and if you had told me it was going to be about the 12 steps program I would have avoided it like the plague.
BUT it just proves and actually out right outlines what a great bloke and full on humanist he really is!!
Like him or hate him Russell has given a raw and honest account of his story and a process that could actually help, so for this reason you can only admire and give him praise of the highest order!
“Trust the process”
10/10

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  • N. Wallace
  • 10-10-17

Enjoyable

Very well narrated, but you need to go to his website for parts, (e.g. interactive elements of the 12 steps)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Craig
  • 09-22-17

Are you a bit F*cked?

Well if so then this book is for you. Russell breaks down the 12 step program addicts use into simple terms everyone can understand. Russell then takes you through how to implement them into your life to free yourself from any form of addiction.

I loved Russell's last book and even though I already meditate and had solved a lot of my personal issues I still found this book helpful. Most of us have probably had nothing to do with a the 12 steps and Russell demystifies a lot of the religious mumbo-jumbo associated with them.

Whether you're a drug addict, social media addict, use movies and TV to escape reality a little too often this book will help you to recognise and overcome these addictions.

Keep the books coming, Russell, can't wait to see what you write next.

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  • Cloe
  • 09-21-17

fantastic

If you could sum up Recovery in three words, what would they be?

helpful, interesting, mind opening

What did you like best about this story?

Russell has finally put to good use the extensive experience he has gained through his years of struggle and self analysis - I really think this book is incredibly useful not just to recovering addicts but to everyone who has something in their life that they consider a pattern or problem.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me laugh with recognition and cry with relief that some body else gets it

Any additional comments?

I think every single person in the world needs to be self improving all the time which is why I recommend this book. I also think that Russell seems like a genuine guy who is very introspective and thoughtful and everyone can benefit from his insight.

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  • Deb Fay
  • 10-11-17

Loved it

Russell Brand is authentic and vulnerable in a way only he can be giving others permission to be authentic and vulnerable themselves. I expect this book will be a powerful tool for positive change in the lives of many. Well done

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-17

Love it! Real. Raw. True.

Highly recommend this audio book!! Absolutely loved it.
It’s very real, raw, brutally honest and true. I also enjoy the curse words. Gives it a nice twist.
Must give Russell credit, it’s nice to see he took the tome to do his own audio narrating :-) I will definitely listen to this one again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-17-17

12 step program with Russells anecdote

Russell introduces several characters in the book such as a female with drug addiction who wants to get into acting school and a homeless soldier with an infected knee. I was hoping to hear the transformational stories from both of these characters but all I heard was severe relapsing which doesnt give the listener much hope about this program.
I sometimes felt Russell exploits their stories and mixes it with the 12 step program. Even while he talks about these concepts in his recent stories of child birth he gets lost in the moment and over reacts. If your looking for a step by step guide, this audio isnt it but if you like to get a perspective of the participants of this program it does share their pain.

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  • carl
  • 11-07-17

Better than you'd expect

If you think you know Russell well... perhaps you don't; or at least, only a version of him. This book is straight "up the guts". No B.S, no paff. It deserves 5 stars for the raw honesty if nothing else. For me, he has helped me understand how significant people in my life got to "where they are". He has given me hope and for that I am extremely grateful. Thank you Russell (if you're listening)

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  • chris chappell
  • 11-05-17

Phenomenal

For ANYONE who wants to live a fuller and happier life. This book is raw, honest, humbling and an essential read. You won’t want to miss a second of this audio.

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  • Lara
  • 09-29-17

Brilliant.

For anyone who wants to improve their life for the better, not just the serious addicts.
Russell Brand is poignant, funny, helpful. Can't recommend it enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-18

Everyone should read this book!

Well meant, great stuff, dig deep!
Everyone should read this book for sure, are you next?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-18

loved it!

a raw and insightful personal account. makes a depressing subject interesting and fun to read whilst conveying a powerful message.