I’ve seen this asked a few times now – why does it seem like all the quit lit out there is written for women? Where is the quit lit for men? I made it my mission to search high and low to bring you quit lit for men. Let’s get reading!
Why Quit Lit For Men
So why make a quit lit for men list? We all need to find stories we can relate to when it comes to our journey. Many of the writers to recently release books are women. Women find it easier to share their emotions so it makes sense. Yet men can’t relate to accounts of postpartum depression or other triggers that are written about by women.
Books By Annie Grace
Maybe you’ve read one of my books but not the others. Currently we have three books available that can all help you on your journey.
This Naked Mind
Take on a journey of self-discovery with my science-based look at what leads us to drink and to keep drinking when we no longer enjoy it. As you read, I help you bring your beliefs about drinking out into the light to discover what is really true for you.
By exploring their true beliefs, readers are able to make a real and lasting change. Enabling themselves to find freedom from alcohol forever. Written from a scientific perspective this book can help both men and women.
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The Alcohol Experiment
In The Alcohol Experiment, I introduce the ACT Technique. ACT stands for Awareness – Clarity – Turnaround and is a way of reflecting on your habits and behaviors. You take 30 days to get through 30 chapters covering a myriad of topics related to drinking. Learn how to deal with discomfort, cravings, willpower, boredom, health, depression, and more. The expanded edition includes a day by day journal to track your journey.
This Naked Life
I say that this is the most important book I never wrote. You’ll find inspiring stories from my readers that take you on their journeys of finding freedom from alcohol. Inspiring, challenging, and at times heartbreaking – you’ll find yourself relating to others whose stories sound so much like your own. With accounts from men and women, this book illustrates how alcohol affects us all.
Beyond Annie Grace
The Easy Way To Control Alcohol
Allen Carr was one of the authors I turned to when I was examining my relationship with alcohol. In fact, I used his expertise when writing my own books. His books and techniques have stood the test of time and have helped many not only over come struggles with alcohol but also with smoking, sugar, debt, and more.
Alcohol Explained/Alcohol Explained 2
William Porter’s books are the perfect complement to This Naked Mind. Porter set out to explain how alcohol affects human beings on a chemical, physiological, and psychological level. Starting with those first drinks right up to severe alcohol use disorder. Following up in Alcohol Explained 2, he takes the scientific concepts covered in Alcohol Explained and provides the tools needed to stay free from alcohol.
The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge
My friends, Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbanks, of One Year No Beer have written The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge. An illustrated day-by-day guide packed with inspiration and practical help, The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge helps you reset your drinking habits and discover a hangover-free world of quality time to achieve your goals. Drawing on their own experiences of ditching the drink, and bringing together the collective experience of the thousands of people they have helped, Andy and Ruari bring you unparalleled insight into how you can make your break from alcohol an empowering, life-changing experience.
The Abstinence Myth
Dr. Adi Jaffe is taking the rules on treating addiction and throwing them out the window. Gone is the traditional, shame filled 12-step approach. Replaced with a system for bringing back joy and happiness into your life. Dr. Jaffe introduces you to his groundbreaking, science and hope filled IGNTD RECOVERY METHOD.
Alcohol and You
Alcohol and You provides guidance on diagnosing alcohol problems, helps you decide on the best solution, and gives you the know-how to achieve a successful result.
Whether you want to reduce your drinking, stop drinking temporarily, or stop permanently, this book helps clarify which option is best for you. Alcohol and You has transformed the lives of thousands of drinkers and their families.
Lewis David is an addiction therapist who worked for years with drinkers in government-backed services.
Kick The Drink Easily
Jason Vale was pivotal in changing my relationship with alcohol. Were it not for his books I might still be questioning my relationship for fear of being labeled. Jason takes an honest and hard-hitting look at people’s conceptions of our most widely consumed drug. Jason’s major argument is there is no such thing as an ‘alcoholic.’ We are conditioned to accept alcohol as a ‘normal’ substance in today’s society despite the fact that it is the major cause of many of today’s social problems and a wide range of health issues. This book is much more than a simple eye-opener – it will change the way you see alcohol forever, show you how to stop drinking, help you enjoy the process, and enjoy your life so much more than you do now without having to drink alcohol.
The Sober Survival Guide/How To Quit Alcohol in 50 Days
Simon Chapple is a Certified This Naked Mind Coach and has penned The Sober Survival Guide. As unique as Simon, Sober Survival Guide is a two part book. First, it takes you through the experiences that led him and people like him to drink. Second, it equips you to begin gaining control of your relationship with alcohol.
Next, part two focuses on the actual, tried and true survival tactics that provide the tools needed to be alcohol free and happy. A truly comprehensive guide on how to be alcohol free.
How To Quit Alcohol in 50 Days is the prequel to The Sober Survival Guide.
In How to Quit Drinking in 50 Days Simon gives you a structured way to find complete freedom from alcohol – for now, or forever.
This 50-day journey to freedom is split into two parts. Days 1-25 will ask you to take an honest look at the impact alcohol has had on your life, to examine the reasons for your drinking, and will arm you with the best strategy for quitting alcohol successfully. Days 26-50 will ask you to make the commitment to taking a break from alcohol – taking each step with one chapter a day, and answering the questions that come up.
There are strategies for dealing with challenges and setbacks, and a wealth of resources for finding support and inspiration. Above all, there is a genuine passion for the sober adventure, and the huge rewards of an alcohol-free life – a life of freedom that’s waiting for you.
Adventures in Sober Land: And how to live in Alcohol World
Simon Eastwood injects humor into a subject that can often be all too dark and serious.
A series of humorous, thought-provoking real-life adventures, following one man’s travels from Alcohol World to Sober Land. Armed only with a sense of the ridiculous he is forced, at every turn, to overcome those silent foes anxiety and depression and finally discover a more compassionate place to live. From discovering magic pyjamas to the Lehman’s like collapse of his dignity in a desperately upmarket town in the south of France, caring for his permanently sozzled mother to the finding of solace in sober socials; work trips overseas, holidays, marriage, death, and everything in between, Adventures in Sober Land aims always to ‘show not tell’ and, with humour and grace, give hope to others.
At a time where issues around mental health are finally being given a voice and their clear link to commonplace grey area drinking widely acknowledged, this book offers a highly relatable and relevant view of these two subjects told from the perspective of a man finally embracing life as it should be lived.
Recovery – Freedom From Our Addictions
Russell Brand is a truly phenomenal human being. He shares his experiences with addiction and offers what worked for him. He is relatable and honest in a way few others can be.
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?”
Alcohol Lied To Me
Craig has a story that so many men will be able to relate to and learn from.
Craig Beck is a well-regarded family man with two children, a beautiful home, and a successful media career. A director of several companies & at one time the trustee of a large children’s charity. Craig was a successful & functioning professional man in spite of a ‘2 bottles of wine a night’ drinking habit. For 20 years he struggled with problem drinking, all the time refusing to label himself an alcoholic because he didn’t believe he met the stereotypical image that the word portrayed.
He tried countless ways to cut down; attempting ‘dry months,’ banning himself from drinking spirits, only drinking at the weekend & special occasions (and found that it is amazing how even the smallest of an event can suddenly become ‘special’).
The Night of The Gun
While not about alcohol addiction, The Night of the Gun is a riveting and captivating read. It reminds us how easily life can spiral out of control due to our addictions but also provides the hope to come out of them.
Do we remember only the stories we can live with? The ones that make us look good in the rearview mirror? In The Night of the Gun, David Carr redefines memoir with the revelatory story of his years as an addict and chronicles his journey from crack-house regular to regular columnist for The New York Times. Built on sixty videotaped interviews, legal and medical records, and three years of reporting, The Night of the Gun is a ferocious tale that uses the tools of journalism to fact-check the past. Carr’s investigation of his own history reveals that his odyssey through addiction, recovery, cancer, and life as a single parent was far more harrowing – and, in the end, more miraculous – than he allowed himself to remember.
Dry: A Memoir
Dry is a memoir that men who have struggled with alcohol addiction can relate to and understand on a personal and almost visceral level.
You may not know it, but you’ve met Augusten Burroughs. You’ve seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twentysomething guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long.
At the request (well, it wasn’t really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click and that’s when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life – and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that’s as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is true. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power.
One Hit Away
One Hit Away is a gripping, startling account of addiction, compassion, and ultimate salvation. It is powerful because of its honesty. Raw without being sensationalistic, this harrowing account of Jordan’s journey provides insight and compassion into the struggle of addiction. It is an important, engrossing book that is hard to put down.
At the age of 24, Jordan Barnes woke up next to a lifeless body, rifled through his dead friends’ pockets for any remaining heroin and went right back to using.
Strung out and homeless during the supposed best years of his life, there was no clear way out of the Opioid Crisis ravaging the streets of Portland, Oregon. But though Jordan had long accepted his fate, his parents still held out hope, and would do everything in their power to get him the help he so desperately needed.
After a harrowing journey that proves the life of an addict will always get worse, never better, Jordan found himself at the gates of Sand Island, Hawaii’s most notorious two-year inpatient treatment facility. He soon discovers that though his heart was in the right place, the hardest battle of his life was yet to come.
One Hit Away is his arduous and unlikely true story of recovery, rehabilitation and redemption.
Painfully honest, heartbreaking and eye-opening. Beautiful Boy is written from the father’s perspective of loving his son through addiction. For all of us that have experienced addiction, it is important to also understand what those we love have experienced from the outside.
Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.
Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets.
With haunting candour, David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 am phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the attempts at rehab. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll.
But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic. This story is a first: a teenager’s addiction from the parent’s point of view – a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
More Quit Lit For Men?
This list is just a starting point when it comes to finding quit lit for men. I encourage you to leave your suggestions for more titles in the comments!