Book: Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions 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.”
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?”
You Know Me Right You Know I Hate Systems Especially The System A Bogus Set Of Instructions For Us The People To Follow While The Truly Free Wallow In Privilege So Imagine My Initial Resistance To This System The 12 Steps Dont Tell Me What To Do Im An Individual Im A Maverick Im A Hustler Im A Poet Wandering Through The Wind
Especially as, in its original form, the 12 Steps says the word God as freely and as frequently as an ecclesiastical Tourettes sufferer. I sat in chilly rooms in the British countryside all chastened and desperate, looking at these bleak edicts on the wall, thinking, maybe for you, but not for me. Curiously, later examination of these principles revealed that self-centred, egotistical thinking is the defining attribute of the addictive condition. Self-centredness is a tricky thing it encompasses more than just vanity. Its not just Fonzie, looking at himself in self-satisfied wonder and flexing his little tush, no. Here is a more opaque example of self-centredness. If your partner is a bit wayward, you know selfish or difficult and you cast yourself as the downtrodden carer, pacing behind them going, I dont know what theyd do without me, that is another form of self-centredness. You are making yourself and your feelings about the situation the ontological centre of the world. Is there a different way that you could be you? Especially as we all know, dont we, the you being you and me being me is the absolute alpha and omega of the world today, flick on a TV, glance at your feed, its all about me, me, me, the perfect product, holiday, hair tonic, telephone provider for my unique self. Well thats just fine and dandy, but I dont really know what me is or what me wants and now Im beginning to question if thinking about me all day is doing me any good.
Official Recovery From Addiction By Russell Brand Book Blurb
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 dont 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 doesnt 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, its 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.
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Recovery : Freedom From Our Addictions
Summary: “Comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his fourteen 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?'”–
- Physical Description:xii, 273 pages 25 cmprint
- Publisher:New York :Henry Holt and Company,2017.
Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions
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âWith 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 persons arms?
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With nearly fourteen years of clean time under his belt, Russell Brand understands recovery quite well. He speaks on it often, offering revolutionary messages of hope and change. From time to time, he even involves himself in politics, fighting for greater access to treatment and an overhaul of laws that punish addicts rather than help them. So it comes as little surprise that he would eventually disseminate his understanding of recovery in the form of a self-help book.
This book, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, approaches the topic of addiction recovery from two directions. Not only does Russell Brand offer insights into the 12 Steps utilized by most support groups, but he also uses the 12 Steps as a springboard to discuss his own unique perspective on recovery. Those who remain wary of the 12 Steps may find that they can relate to Brands particular take on them with relative ease.
Recovery is for EverybodyIncluding Non-Addicts
Our Addiction Begins Before We Start Using
We Dont Need to Understand Our Higher Power
Authenticity Brings Us Closer to Others
Recovery Freedom From Our Addictions
A total masterpiece. Wholly relevant to our time of overwhelm, addiction, egoistic pursuits and selfish me, me, me-ness. Russell Brand opens his heart and eloquent soul to walk us through the 12 Step Programme as initiated in Alcoholics Anonymous. He shares his personal life experiences and realisations in a touching, honest expose of deepest darkest revelations with the clear narrative of teaching throughout. Learning robust addiction squashing tools from a loose tongued, erudite English chap serves to make the programme feel all the more accessible . What I loved about this book most effusively is his ability to create prose from functional self-help. At times it felt like poetry. Russels personal life stories illuminate the premise per step in poignant, credible verbosity. He compels the reader to embrace recovery from addiction day by day. Applicable to every toxic habit that consumes us from drink to food to social media, I didnt want the book to end and will read it again and again.
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The sad clown is a trope as old as drama think of Shakespeares melancholy fools, with their discarded pearls of wisdom, or the likes of Tony Hancock and Robin Williams, spreading laughter on stage or screen while private pain corroded their lives until it became unbearable. In recent years its been fashionable in standup comedy to use that pain as material, often with the intention of encouraging audiences to talk about difficult issues with an acknowledgment of the black humour they entail.
Since Simon Amstell started performing long-form standup 10 years ago, hes made a virtue of holding his angst up to public scrutiny with an honesty that many performers shy away from, so its perhaps inevitable that a book should follow. Yet its hard to escape the sense that this particular book doesnt quite know what it wants to be. He nods to this in the introduction, explaining that the original suggestion was to publish transcripts of his major standup shows. And who for? For people who dont like hearing standup out loud?
Even when ayahuasca seems to solve his problems with alienation and depression, he finds reason to worry: A wound that needed status to avoid intimacy has been healed. I was healthy, I was in a relationship with someone who had a happy childhood how would I now find the motivation to earn attention from strangers?
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The comedian on narcissism, fame, his new book on the 12 steps and life after addiction.
The comedian Russell Brand, in New York this month, has a point to make about addiction.Credit…Bryan Derballa for The New York Times
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I am taking a tour of Russell Brands body. Its not the one I might once have imagined, because I am old and he is no longer a sex addict. But we are examining his tattoos. There are many. He does not seem to mind unbuttoning his shirt, covered in galloping stallions, for a stranger. The chakras traveling down his right arm represent the sexual energy, the energy of the will, the energy of the heart, the energy of communication he explained, touching each one lightly. There is the sex-energy kundalini serpent on his right index finger. Theres one on his bicep that he and the singer Katy Perry got when they married that says Go with the flow in Sanskrit. They couldnt, but it was a nice thought. My favorite, though, is a quote that Mr. Brand attributed to Oscar Wilde, in loopy script that stretches from Mr. Brands shoulder to his wrist: If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise theyll kill you.