Recovery by Russell Brand


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 BrandWith a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his ...

Details Recovery

Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Audiobook, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews Recovery

  • Khurram
    I really wanted to like this book and more then I actually did. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. It might be the fact that I actually do like Russell Brand and the message of the behind the book more than I actually liked the book.There are parts of the book that are very good to great, but there are parts that are a bit out of place a couple of Russell’s antidotes seem out of place and I am not sure the go with the step he was trying to p...
  • Emma
    I've never been a huge fan of Russell Brand, but even before reading this I thought it was pretty fair to say he's someone who just might have something to offer on the subject of addiction. Actually, I was surprised by just how disarming his honesty was in the book, the level of brutal self-reflection he achieves in his writing here, and clearly in his path to coping with various addictions, was both moving and inspiring. It's not easy taking a ...
  • Mel
    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 abou...
  • John
    Fantastic...I laughed, I cried, I nearly peed myself! Russell takes you on an expedition of self-actualization and wonder. He lays out a convincing argument espousing we are all just experiencing a temporary journey through what Prince would call "this thing called 'life.'" It is an absolute must read, and the new "Under the Skin" podcast (subscribe here! subscribe here!) is a must hear. Rusty you blimey done it again mate, I can't turn me head r...
  • Melania 🍒
    3,45/5I really liked this. It’s obvious that Russell is a very interesting and intelligent person, I was amazed by how beautiful he can write. The book is part personal memoir and part self help, following a 12 step program for getting rid of basically any type of addiction that a human being can have. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything that was written, but there were some very interesting ideas in this book. Also, it was deeply pers...
  • Kate Taylor
    If you are even the slightest bit unhappy or dissatisfied with your life and want to make changes but don't know how, I urge you to read this book. It sets out the 12 Steps programme and how you apply it to your life in order for you to realise and recognise the patterns that you continually make that cause you unhappiness and how you go about re-programming your mind to avoid making them in future. Don't think that this book just applies to the ...
  • Mustafa Hameed
    A very honest, sincere and well-written book with a broad appeal. I read it in a day, so quite an engrossing read too. Those who are easily put off by segues into Brandesque spiritual "claptrap", should not be put off from reading it. He has interpreted the 12-step programme to make it have wider appeal. If you suffer from addictions of any kind, its definitely worth a read.
  • Noran Azmy
    Never has the controversial genre of Self Help been graced by a more beautiful, a more eloquent, a more truthful or a more effective addition to its aisles. Russel Brand is a poet, and a very human human being who is very good at understanding other human beings and calling them out. I'm not sure if it's entirely fair that I took a star away from this book; even in its beautiful prose, it's far from perfect, but it's still perfectly marvelous. Re...
  • Mohammad
    Throughout the entire book, I couldn't stop wishing for everyone I know to read this.I don't think there was anything i didn't know, but it had the things i love from self help books, plus the things i can tolerate from mystical books, and the things i like about new atheism, and some other stuff all in one place, organized and beautifully put.
  • Alicia Huxtable
    Ok, to be 100% honest, up until I read this book, I always thought Russell Brand was just a moronic comedian.....this Book proved me more than a little wrong. It is a slap in the face to say the least. Everything Russell talks about in this book, or program, whichever you wish to call it, makes you take a step back and look at your life. Yes, it can be tough but, and I can say this honestly, it is an eye opener. He is so open and honest and raw t...
  • Christine Jolley
    Read the book. This is a great book for the road to recovery. Not a replacement for meetings but this is no different than hearing his experience strength and hope in a meeting. Inspiring and full of wisdom.
  • Lia
    started well, fizzled out at the end.I am often interested in social/consumer books about addiction as I work with drug addicts in my role as a pharmacist.Russell Brand is undeniably engaging. I really enjoyed his Revolution book from a couple of years ago.This started strong, with easy to understand, instantly engaging outlines of the 12-step as favoured by many AA type programmes. I cannot pinpoint what brought it down in rating for me, however...
  • Robin Drew
    Great read. I am a fan of Russell Brand. I haven't read any of his books until now. I really like how he is so honest and how he breaks down the steps w/o religion, but with an understanding that there is something at work that is larger than we are. I also bought the audio so I can listen to him on the way to school. I wish he would create a meditation CD as his voice is calming! I highly recommend this book! ❤
  • Faye
    The writing in this book was wonderful. I love Russell's way with words. There were times in this book I related so much to what he was saying it was extremely emotive for me - particularly those detailing his his day to day interaction with the world and how that lead him to feel. That to me is the beauty of reading when you can relate so heavily to the author. And Russell does not hold back on the truth or his own vulnerability which makes this...
  • Claudia Turner
    This was an excellent book on addictions- all types of addictions. Brand is very introspective and observant, a mix of orator, philosopher, sociologist and poet. I so prefer this man to the MTV days Brand, and loved his honesty, insight and humor.
  • Michael
    Russell has a firm grasp on the 12 steps, a relatable life story and an outlook on life I enjoy hearing."If you don't choose to work a conscious program, you are being worked by an unconscious program."
  • Jazz Singh
    Russell Brand here has put together a 12-step comprehensive and very detailed recovery program for addicts who suffer in their multiple or singular addictions. A proven program derived from his personal experiences, as he describes his approach, experience and results in each of the 12 steps. Packed with his individual flare, humour, honesty and creativity, this proved to be a very entertaining and intellectual read. He has most certainly delved ...
  • Jay
    I never thought i’d read a book penned by Russell Brand, and yet here I am. My understanding of Brand has mostly come from the tabloids: I’m familiar with his past dependency on narcotics, his ill-fated marriage to Katy Perry, his Hollywood films. But I hadn’t heard about him in some time. He’d dropped off my radar. And then, out of seemingly nowhere, I heard news of the impending release of this book.My interest in reading it was two-fol...
  • Sophie
    Wow. A few months ago my mum told me about this podcast she had started listening to called 'Under the Skin' created and hosted by Russell Brand. I was intrigued by the things she told me about it and so started listening and was captivated by the guests he had on, the topics they discussed and the incredibly honest and vulnerable way he shared parts of his own story. Fast forward a few months and from listening to his podcast I learnt about Russ...
  • Lynne Spreen
    What an amazing and beautiful book. Russell Brand has done an extraordinary good thing for the world. The writing is funny, choppy, scary, elaborate, lush, crude, visceral. Twelve of the chapters correlate to the 12 Steps, and each chapter ends with exercises to help the reader understand how to work the step. I laughed out loud, gritted my teeth, and cried, sometimes within the same paragraph. The greatest lesson of this book is that we are all ...
  • Renee
    **Listened again and upgraded rating from 4 to 5 stars**As a person in recovery who did not use a 12-step program for support, I have always thought that 12-step programs were a little too prescriptive and dogmatic to be of use to me. However, I found Russell Brand’s personal spin on the meaning and benefit behind the rules of The Program (i.e. Alcoholics Anonymous) approachable, relatable, and practical. I believe this book (and its free onlin...
  • Christine Fay
    So, Russell Brand basically revised the 12 Steps of AA to include a lot of F-bombs, and it took me a while to get into this book, but by step 5 I was highly engaged in the real struggle that he went through that included being inappropriately touched as a child. Having gone through bouts of addiction to various substances, and lots of moments where his over-thinking gets the best of him, who knew that such a personality would have so much wisdom ...
  • Samarth Agnihotri
    If your are dealing with any addiction issue, then you should definitely check this book out. It helped me a lot to deal with my problems. The only requirment is that you are commited to change and honest. This book contains 12 steps given to deal with addictive issues. As you may already know about Russell Brand and his verbal usage, you listen a lot of f-words in it. Anyways, this book is good.
  • Desinka
    This was an amazingly enlightening read, or listen, in my case. I loved Russel Brand's narration and thought the book a treasure. Highly recommended!
  • Cassie
    Excellent book for anyone who needs help with ANY addiction, drugs alcohol shopping sex food, you name an addiction, this book is for you. It's a no nonsense approach to step work but especially those who are not a fan of or shy away from the steps. Russell walks you through the steps in a logical way that isn't over the top and is especially great if you are not a religious person. The book is raw, gritty, honest, touching, funny, and I cried ha...
  • Mohammad Javad
    This is one of the best books on the 12 steps recovery I have read.
  • Máté
    A very pleasant surprise. Puts the 12 Step program into perspective for anyone to apply for their life.
  • Susanne Mills
    Absolutely outstanding book. Russell talks openly about his addictions, about his life and his struggles. He discusses in depth the 12 step program that changed his life. Some amazing insights and tips for anyone to change their life. Fantastic :)
  • Rebecca
    I'm really glad I decided to grab this book on Audible... You don't need to be an addict to gain something valuable from this book. 5/5