9 Christian Books To Read To Help Overcome Addiction

9 christian books to read to help overcome addiction

Did you know that 21.5 million Americans suffer from some sort of substance abuse? (American Addiction Centers)

Addiction is a deadly disease that takes over your whole body and mind. It ruins relationships, jobs, finances, and even sometimes takes the life of the person who is addicted. We all have heard stories of those addicted to drugs and alcohol, and how extremely hard it was for them to recover. There are also other addictions such as overeating, gambling, shopping, pornography, and sexual addiction that are not often discussed.

God can heal those afflicted from this horrible disease, addiction. When you commit to Christ as your savior, he will take away your burdens. There are so many wonderful stories of people who have experienced finding God while being addicted to alcohol, drugs, etc. These stories can provide hope for those that are looking for help.

Books can also help. I love a good self help book, especially when it’s a Christian self help book. They always provide inspiration and hope. They also just make me feel good!

However, please note that while I encourage reading, I encourage those that have an addiction seek professional help. Please, please seek help! There should be no shame in doing so. You can find resources on how to get help —-> HERE, and HERE.

Without further ado, here are 9 books to read to help overcome addiction:

Just Breathe by Keith Repult

Keith Repult spent his life looking for love and running from God. After growing up bouncing between parents, grandparents, and foster homes, Keith ended up in California in his early twenties—homeless, addicted, and broken.

One night he met the owner of a local adult bookstore and soon became a worldwide leader in the porn industry. As a self-made multimillionaire, “King Keith” was living a life of luxury, but was completely empty and addicted to alcohol, drugs, and pornography. Still trying to find the answers, Keith and his wife bought a vacation house at the beach and opened a yogurt shop. That shop opened the door for them to encounter the grace of Jesus Christ.

Using the acronym BREATHE, Just Breathe provides practical tools for reflection, hope, and help for those drowning in the pain of addiction. It is also a powerful ministry resource, using the steps Keith took to find freedom from addiction.

Not only does God know everything about us, He also relentlessly pursues us with an unfailing love. Keith’s story reminds us that we’ve never gone too far to be made new by the big grace of God.

Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp

alcoholic who kept private stashes of booze all over the place--tucked behind books in her study, zipped into a special compartment in her oversized purse, at the back of her closet stuffed inside her boots. 

Even as her career and marriage teetered on the brink, Kopp couldn't get a grip, desperately hiding the true extent of her drinking from the rest of the world--her husband included. During the day she wrote books about God and prayer and family. At night she'd locked herself in her bathroom to guzzle chardonnay.

For her, as for many Christians who struggle with addiction, overwhelming shame and confusion only made things worse. Why wasn't her faith enough to save her? Why didn't repentance, Bible reading and prayer work? Where was God?

Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves. 

Holy Hunger by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

In this wrenchingly honest, eloquent memoir, Bullitt-Jonas describes a childhood darkened by the repressive shadows of her alcoholic father and her emotionally reclusive mother, whose demands for excellence, poise, and self-control drove Bullitt-Jonas to develop an insatiable hunger. 

What began with pilfering extra slices of bread at her parents' dinner table turned into binges with cream pies and pancakes, sometimes gaining as much as eleven pounds in four days. When the family urged her father into treatment, the author recognized her own addiction and embarked on the path to recovery by discovering the spiritual hunger beneath her craving for food. Holy Hunger is a brave and perceptive account of compulsion and the healing process.

Healing Wounds of Sexual Addiction by Mark Laaser

With today’s rampant availability of Internet pornography, sexual addiction has become a national epidemic that affects up to 10 percent of Christians. As devastating as any drug habit, it brings heartbreak and despair to those it entangles. But there is help for men and women caught in sexual addiction’s downward spiral.This book offers a path that leads beyond compulsive thoughts and behaviors to healing and transformation. Sensitive to the shame of sexual addiction without minimizing its sinfulness, Dr. Mark Laaser traces the roots of the problem, discusses its patterns and impact, and maps out a biblical approach to self-control and sexual integrity. Previously titled Faithful and True, this revision includes an all-new section that deals with sexual addiction in the church. Other important changes reflect cultural trends, incorporate current research, and place a greater emphasis on spiritual growth. This book also addresses the unique needs and issues of female sex addicts. Whether you know someone with a sexual addiction or struggle yourself, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction points the way to understanding, wholeness, and holiness.

Healing The Scars of Addiction by Gregory Jantz

The wreckage of addiction lies scattered around too many people--from the one who is or was addicted to those in relationship with that person. Age-old culprits of drugs, alcohol, and gambling are joined by newer addictions, such as food, prescription medication, shopping, pornography, and technology. Left unaddressed, addiction devastates lives now and makes it difficult to see a positive way forward.

For anyone struggling with an addiction, attempting to live in recovery, or seeking to understand the mind of an addict they love, Dr. Jantz's newest book is a lifeline. In it he helps readers answer tough questions, such as

- Am I an addict?
- Why is the first step so hard?
- How can I put my life back together?
- Where do I go from here?

Addiction doesn't have to have the last word. Healing the Scars of Addiction offers a holistic approach to healing so that readers can reclaim their lives and move forward in hope.

Save Me From Myself by Brian Welch

The incredible story of a controversial rock star, his secret addiction to methamphetamines, and his miraculous salvation through Jesus Christ. Candid and inspiring, Save Me from Myself is a rock 'n' roll journey unlike any other.

Addiction and Grace by Gerald May

Addiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope–filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy.

Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.

Breathe Under Water by Richard Rohr

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is America's most significant and authentic contribution to the history of spirituality, says Richard Rohr. He makes a case that the Twelve Steps relate well to Christian teaching and can rescue people who are drowning in addiction and may not even realize it. To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behavior and addiction, Christians must learn to breathe under water and discover God s love and compassion. In this exploration of Twelve Step spirituality, Rohr identifies the Christian principles in the Twelve Steps, connecting The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous with the gospel. He draws on talks he has given for over twenty years to people in recovery and those who counsel and live with people with addictive behavior. Rohr offers encouragement for becoming interiorly alive and inspiration for making one s life manageable for dealing with the codependence and dysfunction (sin) rampant in our society

Last Addiction by Sharon Hersh

In an age of tell-all addiction memoirs and reality television programs, we gulp down the stories of others in the hope that we, too, can be overcomers–even as we continue to love a person, substance, activity, or ideology too much. 

As Sharon Hersh writes, “We all suffer from the same condition.” In The Last Addiction, she explores why we are prone to addiction–to make one thing in our lives more central than it should be–and how we can break free of our compulsions.

This is not a book of “self-help” answers or “how-to” steps. It is a book about falling down and getting up again, about realizing that we need more than ourselves to be saved. The truth is, we’re not as bad as we think we are–and we are worse than we ever dreamed. When we live between those two realities, we are ready to let go of the last idol: the belief that we can save ourselves.

I hope this has helped! Please share this resource with your friends and family!

If you or anyone you know have an addiction, I pray that you/they find the courage to overcome and heal from that addiction. I pray that God heals your/their heart and takes away your/their burdens and fears.

the caffeinated bibliophile