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Publisher's Summary

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 don't 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 doesn't 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, it's 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.

©2017 Russell Brand (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Are you a bit F*cked?

Well if so then this book is for you. Russell breaks down the 12 step program addicts use into simple terms everyone can understand. Russell then takes you through how to implement them into your life to free yourself from any form of addiction.

I loved Russell's last book and even though I already meditate and had solved a lot of my personal issues I still found this book helpful. Most of us have probably had nothing to do with a the 12 steps and Russell demystifies a lot of the religious mumbo-jumbo associated with them.

Whether you're a drug addict, social media addict, use movies and TV to escape reality a little too often this book will help you to recognise and overcome these addictions.

Keep the books coming, Russell, can't wait to see what you write next.

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  • Cloe
  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 21-09-2017

fantastic

If you could sum up Recovery in three words, what would they be?

helpful, interesting, mind opening

What did you like best about this story?

Russell has finally put to good use the extensive experience he has gained through his years of struggle and self analysis - I really think this book is incredibly useful not just to recovering addicts but to everyone who has something in their life that they consider a pattern or problem.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me laugh with recognition and cry with relief that some body else gets it

Any additional comments?

I think every single person in the world needs to be self improving all the time which is why I recommend this book. I also think that Russell seems like a genuine guy who is very introspective and thoughtful and everyone can benefit from his insight.

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Loved it

Russell Brand is authentic and vulnerable in a way only he can be giving others permission to be authentic and vulnerable themselves. I expect this book will be a powerful tool for positive change in the lives of many. Well done

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life changing

Russell Brand is an extremely articulate, funny and clever human being. This book is making me question every thought I have and what unconscious thoughts are behind the decisions that I make. It is a thought provoking, life changing listen, which I would recommend to everyone.

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Everyone would benefit from reading this book.

This is a guide for a life well lived not just recovery from addiction, whether you're spending too much time on your smart phone, addicted to hard drugs or having trouble getting out of a miserable relationship.

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12 step program with Russells anecdote

Russell introduces several characters in the book such as a female with drug addiction who wants to get into acting school and a homeless soldier with an infected knee. I was hoping to hear the transformational stories from both of these characters but all I heard was severe relapsing which doesnt give the listener much hope about this program.
I sometimes felt Russell exploits their stories and mixes it with the 12 step program. Even while he talks about these concepts in his recent stories of child birth he gets lost in the moment and over reacts. If your looking for a step by step guide, this audio isnt it but if you like to get a perspective of the participants of this program it does share their pain.

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Recovering addict - disappointed

I had to let it go halfway through when the spontaneous politically incorrect but lovable Russell Brand started going through the motions and reading in monotone ..... As hard as I tried he'd lost me ...... and I felt guilty (which is a defining charcteristic for addicts) that I couldn't go the distance and finish his audiobook .....

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Inspiring

Genuine, funny, relatable, encouraging, grounding. I think everyone would benefit from this book and its message.

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Super interesting and relatable

So interesting and inspiring for taking ownership and improving any area of your life.

I personally slow this down the pace as Russell is a fast talker and every single sentence is profound so my brain needs a bit longer to process it

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Outstanding

Without doubt the best book I have ever read. Russell vulnerability is nothing short of heroic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2018

Wonderfully and brilliantly life changing

Life changing, impactful, engaging, Rhythmic, poetic. I laughed out loud, shed a tear, had epic realisations for myself and my close friends and family. I would recommend this to everyone, we’re all victims to this obscure thing we call reality - Russell helps take of the rose tinted specs and guides us humorously through his own life challenges and realisations and in turn empowers us to face our darkest fears. In one sentence: this is life changing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-2018

Delightfully raw, honest and sincere!

Such a very refreshing and open perspective for a very serious topic, this book has the ability to reach hearts across all demographics. Thank you for sharing your heart Russell.

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  • Randall
  • 26-07-2018

Revelatory!

Amazing content and very well presented. I was a little cautious at the beginning of this book but found the whole thing amazing in the end.

This will certainly be a book I recommend to others and come back to often.

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  • Mike
  • 14-06-2018

If it works for Russell, it'll work for you

This book simultaneously captures the essence of how 12 Steps work, while being immensely entertaining.

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  • Luke
  • 13-03-2018

fantastic read... inspirational content

As Russel recites his journey to freedom from addiction im inspired to act... hope believe and motivation all come to mind... Im very thankful for this read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-2017

thank you

Recovery has been a very honest and relatable look at the 12 step program. I have heard of the steps before but it always seemed so grand and high minded that I believed it was to morally unattainable for this sinner. But after this book, it seems well worth another go. thank you.

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  • karyn
  • 15-09-2018

waffling now mate

I try but I cant make sense of it. he's gone off the deep end now , previous book was more accessible.

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  • Karen Baker
  • 01-10-2017

Great book

I liked the links with existentialism. A very honest account of your experience, very inspiring.

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  • H. Hopkins
  • 27-09-2017

Everyone should read this book

This book was heartbreaking, uplifting and inspiring at the same time. I'd been looking forward to its release and it didn't disappoint. Although I wouldn't consider myself an additct in the obvious junkie/alcoholic way, I've always felt that something was missing. Russell makes you consider how you live your life and your drives in ways I haven't heard before, even though I've read a number of self help/yoga/meditation books. I don't think he gets the credit he's due for trying to change people's life for the better. I'm glad he's found happiness with his new wife as well.

Narration added nuance that may be missed in reading the book.

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  • Louis Hayward
  • 27-09-2017

Brilliant book

As an addict in active recovery, this book helped me refocus on the areas of my life that still need work. That will always need work.

It's honest, captivating, worthwhile and I recommend to fellow addicts wholeheartedly.

Thanks Russell.

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  • Pix
  • 05-10-2017

R. I'm so proud of you.

this book was so much more than I expected it to be. it's educational but it's also funny and warm. so warm. so relatable. I've cried zkot through it. relief, sadness. it all. chapter 5 ending was particularly hard to listen to. I haven't slept because I needed to hear it.

I printed off 5 copies of the work books to take along to some people. I have a PDA in addictions counselling and the workbook is so much better than any other one I seen.

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  • Barry Priddle
  • 16-11-2017

My epiphany. The end of my 10y battle to stop.

Brilliantly written Russell is a genius. Love his interpretation of the 12 steps. I get it now!!! Not drank since and the difference this time.... I don't even want to! I feel free and in control I am giving life a try. I want to give Russell a hug for giving me my life back!

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  • N. Wallace
  • 10-10-2017

Enjoyable

Very well narrated, but you need to go to his website for parts, (e.g. interactive elements of the 12 steps)

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  • Ms. A. Kennedy
  • 05-10-2017

GREAT LISTEN

I loved this book and I loved Russell's narration. It is honest and I found it comforting to hear someone else speak out loud about what we all sometimes feel. Ironically, I think I will keep listening to this book over and over! He is so honest about himself and his life and I find that a very generous act. After listening to this it is impossible to ignore your own feelings and behaviour. I think this book could be a comfort to anyone who has anxiety, because ultimately I think that is the cause of a lot of addictive behaviour. I would like to think he would go on to narrate more books - he has great communication.

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  • Nze kkuc akabusi
  • 05-10-2017

Funny, Frank, Thought Provoking, and Evangelical

I'm not a guy who swears, but Russell uses the F word to full effect, and it is appropriate when in the context of "life is messed up!"

It's challenging to look at ones own life in the context of the foibles, addictive and compulsive behaviors that mitigate against the possibility of a rich contribution to society not based on what one can gain but what one can give.

He presents here a rehash of the twelve step program but gives it a vitally and veracity that is very appealing. He himself is self deprecating, aware of his privileged position yet it is clear it's not come easy and there has been a high price. Particularly resonance for me (not my experience) from empathy was the young child that felt he was the cause of his mothers cancer! Like Russell my rage and foibles in life are also against my Mother and abandoned, and no rationalizing can soothe the void within. Russell has with bravery talked the demons within and the last chapter where he is at the birth of his daughter is all consuming in drawing you in. He is a great story teller/narrator earthy, witty, wise, a dexterity seldom seen, I loved his work here. I'm not ready to take the steps he advocates but I did find I have ears that hear.

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  • WT Softie
  • 11-02-2018

I hate it when I’m wrong

I thought Russell Brand was a complete knob and it turns out the man is bloody phenomenal. The unflinching honesty, searing self observation and the wry, swashbuckling use of language he applies to his experience of addiction and recovery is authentic and riveting, and it really touched me.

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  • thomas
  • 01-11-2017

truly special

amazing. I struggled with the aa. I got lost at step 4 and quit, I went back and tried again but I was. too busy to do the work. I thought I could do it my way but I know that is my fundamental problem so after listening to someone as famous as Russell speak out so openly and honestly I am going to find another group and start again. incredible how I laughed put loud through most of this audio book. thank you Mr Brand.

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