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Good Morning. I have a friend who is recently sober. He's NA, not AA. He's an avid reader of non-fiction and loves memoirs. I immediately thought of Dry by Augusten Burroughs. His take on his sobriety is very much that he's got to laugh or he'd be crying. Can anyone else think of memoirs of sobriety that are humorous for me to pick up? I was hoping to find some written by drug users as well alcoholics. Thanks y'all.

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There is one called Unwasted by Sacha Scoblic that I've heard very good things about, but I have not read it.

I read Dry a very long time ago, and I read Scar Tissue by Anthony Keadis. Scar Tissue is a surprisingly entertaining book (or maybe it shouldn't be surprising), but I don't know that it's what your friend is looking for right now.

I've heard that Unwasted is pretty funny, but as I've not read it, you might want to check out some of those Amazon reviews and see if it seems right.

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Hey thanks Triskele! I'll get them both. He absolutely loves The Chili Peppers and Scar Tissue sounds like it would be right up his alley. If it gets too heavy for him he'll chuck it. He's not shy about passing stuff on that's not for him after reading the first or second chapter. We've traded books for years, so I have no worries if he doesn't like them.

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Yeah, Scar Tissue might be good if he likes RHCP and he's more of a drugger than a drinker. If I recall, Keidis was more a drug guy but pretty much did it all. There are some stories about Hilel Slovak and John Frusciante in there as well. Flea kept it pretty clean.

If he's pretty serious, that actually might be a great book because it ends on a happy note and Keidis has continued to do well since it was published by all accounts.

At least until Frusciante left his band. :leaving:

Here's a list for you that might be interesting.

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A second on Scar Tissue. Also, Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries is also surprisingly readable. Alice Cooper's autobiography isn't bad (though it gets pretty preachy, which may or may not be a good thing). Gregg Allman's memoir is also worth a read.

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Thanks again y'all. I'm putting together a collection.

Russell Brand is hilarious, I didn't realize he'd written a book or that he was in recovery. I am giggling about the very idea of Alice Cooper getting preachy. I might read that one myself. My friend has a lot of time to read right now, I think he'll gobble these up.

I also just found out he has never, ever read a single book by Terry Pratchett. :huh: So if this stuff gets too heavy I have that covered.

I haven't been this close to someone before who was in early recovery. He IS really serious, even if he is amused by the whole process sometimes. I don't think he's alone there. I'm really proud of him.

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Thanks again y'all. I'm putting together a collection.

Russell Brand is hilarious, I didn't realize he'd written a book or that he was in recovery. I am giggling about the very idea of Alice Cooper getting preachy. I might read that one myself. My friend has a lot of time to read right now, I think he'll gobble these up.

I also just found out he has never, ever read a single book by Terry Pratchett. :huh: So if this stuff gets too heavy I have that covered.

I haven't been this close to someone before who was in early recovery. He IS really serious, even if he is amused by the whole process sometimes. I don't think he's alone there. I'm really proud of him.

Oh, Alice is completely born again (back to his roots). He's fascinating that way. But yeah - Terry Pratchett is a good way to go for some light reading in the meantime:)

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Good Morning. I have a friend who is recently sober. He's NA, not AA. He's an avid reader of non-fiction and loves memoirs. I immediately thought of Dry by Augusten Burroughs. His take on his sobriety is very much that he's got to laugh or he'd be crying. Can anyone else think of memoirs of sobriety that are humorous for me to pick up? I was hoping to find some written by drug users as well alcoholics. Thanks y'all.

Best of wishes to your friend. I've only read Scar Tissue and it is great. I'll be one year sober July 19th. The first few months are the toughest, but it can be done. Getting involved in NA helped me greatly, although individual experiences will vary.

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Best of wishes to your friend. I've only read Scar Tissue and it is great. I'll be one year sober July 19th. The first few months are the toughest, but it can be done. Getting involved in NA helped me greatly, although individual experiences will vary.

Congrats. There is no one right way. Just a right way for you.

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Best of wishes to your friend. I've only read Scar Tissue and it is great. I'll be one year sober July 19th. The first few months are the toughest, but it can be done. Getting involved in NA helped me greatly, although individual experiences will vary.

Hey Congratulations! A year is a big milestone.

That's several for Scar Tissue, I'll put it on the top of the pile.

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