Addiction Bibliography

addictionAs part of the ongoing research for my book project I have been reading widely and diversely on the subject of addictions. Here is a sample of my bibliography from this research project, without annotation. This list only addresses books; there were numerous journal articles that I read in addition to this that were exceedingly fruitful, but that is a separate list to be developed.

  1. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch
  2. Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recovery by Carlo DiClemente
  3. Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice by Kent Dunnington
  4. The Recovery-Minded Church: Loving and Ministering to People with Addiction by Jonathan Benz and Kristin Robb-Dover
  5. The Journey to Freedom: Walking Away from Your Past by Dan Johnson
  6. The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective by Mark Shaw
  7. Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction by Ed Welch
  8. Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts by Mark Shaw
  9. You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith
  10. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  11. Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith by Stuart and Zondra Scott
  12. Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Mark Shaw
  13. Addiction Seminar Notebook by Brad Hambrick
  14. Breaking the Addictive Cycle: Deadly Obsessions or Simple Pleasures by David Powlison
  15. Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart by Mark Shaw
  16. How People Change by Tim Lane and Paul Tripp
  17. Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald May
  18. Recovering Redemption: A Gospel-Saturated Perspective on How to Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer
  19. Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior by Carl Hart and Charles Ksir
  20. The Useful Lie: How The Recovery Industry Has Trapped America in a Disease Model of Addiction by William Playfair
  21. Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System by Lonny Shavelson
  22. Treating Addiction: A Guide for Professionals by William Miller
  23. The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Managing Alcoholism and other Addictive Behaviors by Lance Dodes
  24. The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry by Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes
  25. Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom by Mariana Valverde
  26. Victims & Sinners by Linda Mercadante
  27. THIRST: God and the Alcoholic Experience by James B. Nelson
  28. Breathing Underwater: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr
  29. The Big Book and a Study Guide for the 12 Steps of AA
  30. The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior by Craig Nakken
  31. Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling by Geri Miller
  32. High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart
  33. Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
  34. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry by Mike Wilkerson
  35. Strength in Numbers: The Team Approach to Biblical Counseling by Mark Shaw
  36. Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives by Robert Kellemen
  37. Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ by Robert Kellemen
  38. Side By Side: Walking With Others in Wisdom and Love by Edwards T. Welch
  39. With: A Practical Guide to Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple Making by Alvin Reid and George Robinson
  40. Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding


  1. for those of us who don’t have the time to read that many books (although I thank you for the list) is there 2 or 3 you would recommend?

    1. That’s a great question. It, of course, depends on what you are looking for, but here’s what I’d recommend:
      1. Addiction and Change by Carlo DiClemente – it is up to date, comprehensive, and incredibly well-written. It has lots of practical help and insight in the process of both addiction and recovery.

      2. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch – Welch’s theology is my favorite and he offers a more Biblically consistent exploration of the subject.

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