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PUBLISHED: 26th September 2017
ISBN: 9781509844951
This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.
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PUBLISHED: 26th September 2017
ISBN: 9781509844951
This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.


This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.

Publisher Description

`I believe that we are all on the addict spectrum, that the object of addiction is less important than the condition, and that in recovering as individuals, we can change the world. This book describes the way I work my programme and how it can work for anyone'

A definitive guide to the disease of addiction from an addict who has struggled with heroin, alcohol, sex, fame, food and eBay, it will help anyone who is an addict (or loves an addict) make the first tentative steps into recovery.

Russell Brand gently and humorously recounts his story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained from his thirteen years of recovery. Brand wants to speak to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from the serious, life-threatening misuse of substances to the more subtle but still troubling crutches, such as getting trapped in unhealthy and destructive relationships to avoid difficult feelings. This is a book for everyone.

Author Biography

Russell Brand is a comedian and an addict.

He's been addicted to drugs, sex, fame, money and power. Even now as a new father, fourteen and a half years into recovery he still writes about himself in the third person and that can't be healthy.

This is his fourth book. He still performs as a comic and is studying for an MA in Religion in Global Politics. He has two cats, a dog, a wife, a baby, 10 chickens and 60 thousand bees in spite of being vegan curious. He is certain that the material world is an illusion but still keeps licking the walls of the hologram.

Table of Contents

Section - 1: Part One Introduction - 1: Foreword Chapter - 1: Are you a bit fcked? Chapter - 2: Could you not be fcked? Chapter - 3: Are you, on your own, going to `unfck' yourself? Chapter - 4: Write down all the things that are fcking you up or have ever fcked you up and don't lie, or leave anything out Chapter - 5: Honestly tell someone trustworthy about how fcked you are Chapter - 6: Well that's revealed a lot of fcked up patterns. Do you want to stop it? Seriously? Chapter - 7: Are you willing to live in a new way that's not at all about you and your previous, fcked up stuff? You have to Chapter - 8: Prepare to apologize to everyone for everything affected by your being so fcked up Chapter - 9: Now apologize. Unless that would make things worse Chapter - 10: Watch out for fcked up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happens Chapter - 11: Stay connected to your new perspective Chapter - 12: Look at life less selfishly, be nice to everyone, help people if you can Chapter - 13: The Birth Chapter - 14: Conclusion Section - 2: Part Two Chapter - 1: How to live it: The Exercises Chapter - 2: Endnote Chapter - 3: Afterword Chapter - 4: Resources Acknowledgements - 5: Acknowledgements


This is a brave and useful book, that I read in one day. It offers real insight into addiction and the stuff that drives it and Russell has done a great service in tackling the classic twelve steps in a non-reverential and totally entertaining kind of way that will help a lot of people. It feels wrong to say it is an addictive read, given the subject, but it really is. Russell doesn't just want to save our souls he wants to entertain us on the way. -- Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive Yum Yum Yum. Russell is an example of how the path of recovery and the spiritual path can be one and the same, a path towards inner love and freedom from attachment. -- Ram Dass Recovery conveys the kind of pointed wisdom that usually comes from having woken up to our suffering, and is therefore real. Outspoken, outrageous and courageous all at once, reading it is likely to jolt you into seeing things in a new way. And you will find that this new way will include, in the most natural, unfeigned manner, a sincere wish to be of service to others. -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love


Short-listed for British Book Awards: Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2018 (UK)

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This book is not just about extremists like me. This is a book about you.

Product Details

Publication Date
Russell Brand
Pan Macmillan
Freedom From Our Addictions
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Product Reviews

20 Jun, 2018
awesome book...I love Russell Brand...
By melissa
25 May, 2018
A.A. 12-step plan re-imagined by Russell with lots of swearing.
By susan