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Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention
This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness.
Ten years ago, Jay Williams was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career. The Chicago Bulls’ top draft pick—and the second pick of the entire draft—he had the great Michael Jordan’s locker. Then he ran his high-performance motorcycle head-on into a light pole, severely damaging himself and ending his career. (Click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on Amazon).
From Recovery to Discovery: My Journey Through Addiction by Felicia Lee-Sexton
From Recovery To Discovery is the inspirational memoir of Felicia Lee-Sexton. The book describes her journey and life transformation from active addiction to long term recovery, entrepreneur, award winning body builder and motivational speaker. (Click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on Amazon).
God and Starbucks by Vin Baker with Joe Layden
An astonishing memoir of redemption—the moving story of a former top NBA player who miraculously rebounded from a monumental fall thanks to hard work and his deep, transformative faith.
Sixteen years ago, Vin Baker was an NBA All-Star, an Olympic Gold medalist, and a multimillionaire. While he excelled on the court, Vin harbored a dark secret: a dependency on drugs and alcohol that began after the clean-cut preacher’s son turned pro. Eventually becoming a full-blown yet functional alcoholic, Vin convinced himself he played better under the influence—until his addiction cost him his basketball career, his fortune, and his health.
But Vin’s story isn’t a tragic fall from grace. It is a joyous tale of salvation. For Vin, hitting rock bottom was a difficult yet transformative experience that led him to renew his relationship with God and embrace life in a rich and fulfilling new way. Today the manager of a Starbucks and a youth minister, Vin has found more security and happiness in his ordinary working life than in all his years in the glamorous world of professional basketball. (Click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on Amazon).
Healing Neen by Tonier Cain
Not long ago, Neen was in prison - a place as familiar to her as the streets she lived on. A hard - core crack addict, Neen had already been arrested 83 times. But hers isn't just another victim story, ultimately, it is a testament to God's grace and presence. It is the story of her path to salvation and a propitious glimpse into the potential buried deep within some of society's most vulnerable people. (Click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on Amazon).
Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmin Guy
Jasmin Guy tells the story of Afeni Shakur and her amazing life as one of the most well-known members of the Black Power movement, mother of Tupac Amaru Shakur and also her recovery journey. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on Amazon)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which was published in 1965 is an account of the life of Malcolm X, (1925-1965) who became one of the most famous human rights activist. The book was a collaboration between Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Dysfunctional by Design: The Rebirth of Cultural Survivors by William Green
In this book, William Green accounts his own recovery journey. For more than thirty years William has worked in the addictions field as a counselor, supervisor, trainer and author. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Substance Use Disorders in African American Communities: Prevention edited by Mark Sanders
This book is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of African Americans with substance use disorders. The book was originally published as a special issue of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Relapse Prevention Counseling Workbook by Terrence T. Groski with Arthur B. Trundy
Terence T. Gorski is the president of The CENAPS Corporation, a training and consultation firm specializing in t recovery form addictive disease and relapse prevention therapy. This workbook presents seven powerful clinical processes that quickly identify and manage high-risk situations causing relapse. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Doin' Drugs: Patters of African American Addiction by William H. James and Stephen L. Johnson
In this book William Henry James and Stephen Lloyd Johnson document the role of alcohol and other drugs in traditional African cultures, among African salves before the American Civil War, and in contemporary African American society. The authors discuss the interplay of addiction and race to uncover the social and psychological factors that underlie addiction. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Dopefiend by Donald Goines
Donald Goines was a career criminal and addict who took up writing during his seven different prison sentences. During 1969-1974, Donald published sixteen novels which are now recognized as almost unbearably authentic portraits of the roughest aspects of the black experience. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Chemical Dependency and the African American by Peter Bell
Originally published in 1990, Chemical Dependency and the African American is now revised and expanded to reflect updated statistics and the latest information in the treatment field. Peter Bell is an expert on the topic of how cultural differences affect addiction treatment. In this work, Peter Bell makes the decisive case that there is room in the disease theory of addiction to accommodate racial issues--not as casual factors, but as contributive. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Behind the Eight Ball: Sex for Crack Cocaine Exchange and Poor Black Women by Tanya Telfair Sharpe
This fascinating book documents an American tragedy that highlights the widening gap between social and economic classes. In their own words, poor black women—nameless, faceless, and marginalized by poverty—share the details of their lives before and after crack cocaine invaded their communities, each recalling the circumstances of her introduction to the drug and her first experience using sex to support her addiction. These candid interviews expose the socioeconomic changes in inner-city neighborhoods that created the perfect conditions for a crack stronghold; the crack cocaine economy's impact on the lives of inner-city residents; and the social and familial consequences of crack addiction among poor, black women. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Treatment of Black Alcoholics (Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly) by Bruce Carruth, Frances L Brisbane & Maxine Womble
Authorities discuss the policies, programs, and personnel that are needed to sensitively and effectively meet the treatment needs of black alcoholics. In a clear and concise look at the devastating disease of alcoholism, they focus on the physical, psychological, social, economic, and spiritual dimensions of the effects of the disease on black alcoholics. Each chapter responds to these concerns and provides treatment models, recommendations, and information about treating black alcoholics. This is an informative and highly practical book for professionals in alcohol-specific agencies, mental health centers, family services, and child care agencies, as well as for administrators of treatment programs, students, and those who allocate funds for services. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Growing Up Black and Proud: Facilitator's Guidebook by Peter Bell and James Bitney
In this fantastic curriculum for African-American youth, Peter Bell and James Bitney look at preventing alcohol and other drug problems through building a positive racial identity. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Something's In The Air: Race, Crime, and the Legalization of Marijuana Edited by Katherine Tate, James Lance Taylor, and Mark Q. Sawyer
America’s drug laws have always exerted an unequal and unfair toll on Blacks and Latinos, who are arrested more often than Whites for the possession of illegal drugs and given harsher sentences. In this volume, contributors ask how would marijuana legalization affect communities of color? Is legalization of marijuana necessary to safeguard minority families from a lifetime of hardship and inequality? Who in minority communities' favors legalization and why, and do these minority opinions differ from the opinions held by White Americans? This volume also includes analyses of the policy debate by a range of scholars addressing economic, health, and empowerment issues. Comparative lessons from other countries are also analyzed. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Crack Cocaine and the Experience of African American Women: A Statistical Study of Positive Treatment Outcomes by Janet Okagbue-Reaves
This study is an analysis of treatment experiences and outcomes of African American women undergoing substance abuse treatment for crack cocaine, and to identify factors that contribute to their successful recovery as defined by completion of treatment and substance abstinence one-year post treatment. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
I'm Black and I'm Sober: The Timeless Story Of A Woman's Journey Back to Sanity by Chaney Allen
This is the first autobiography written by a recovering African American woman. The author discusses the impact of discrimination and the obstacles African Americans face as they become sober. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Relapse Prevention Workbook for African Americans: Hope and Healing for the Black Substance Abuser (Revised Edition) by Roland Williams
This comprehensive and practical workbook is designed to assist African Americans seeking recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. It is intended to increase the quality of recovery and help avoid relapse due to race-related issues. It will lead the reader through a series of clinical exercises designed to improve insight and create a more solid recovery experience. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Behind the Shades: Hope Beyond the Darkness by Sheila Raye Charles
Although Sheila Raye Charles was surrounded by people, she was overwhelmed with loneliness. Those she should have been able to trust had failed her; life itself seemed to mock her attempts to overcome not only her own past but also the choices of those who had lived before her. Sometimes it seemed there was no hope beyond these shadows she could never seem to escape...(click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
From the Crack House to the White House: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities by Denise Stokes
Denise Stokes book looks at her life and the long journey she has had to overcome. To look at Denise's amazing stride you would not think she outran death for over 30 years.The beginning of Denise's life was filled with pain and sorrow however Denise found a way to take the very pain and use that energy to encourage others. This book is her journey. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
No Hiding Place: Empowerment and Recovery for Our Troubled Communities by Cecil Williams and Rebecca Laird
Cecil Williams is known nationally for his fight against addiction and for the empowerment of African American families. The book No Hiding Place: Empowerment and Recovery for Our Troubled Communities tells the extraordinary story of a community where recovery is working. This is the true story of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco where Williams has been the Minister of Liberation for more than twenty-nine years and has been leading innovative recovery programs. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Divine Grace Behind the Walls by Jolinda Wade
The book Divine Grace Behind the Walls by Jolinda Wade is the story of her path to GOD and the freedom that the Lord provided. The book follows her path into the ministry and the true meaning of love. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Out of Control: Confessions of an NFL Casualty by Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson and Peter Knobler
Hollywood has written two books throughout his life, the first, "Out of Control:Confessions of an NFL Casualty" tells the story of his flamboyant life on and off the football field and active addiction. (click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
In Control: The Rebirth of an NFL Legend by Thomas Henderson with Frank Luksa
The second book by Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, "In control: The Rebirth of An NFL Legend" describes his resurrection, recovery, and life as a community activist and philanthropist.(click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)
Straw: Finding My Way by Darryl Strawberry
The memoir of star baseball player Darryl Strawberry that tells the story of the ups and downs of his life, from growing up in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, to major league Baseball all-star and world series champion to his suspension from major league baseball due to cocaine use and his eventual addictions recovery.
Graceland by Chris Abani
A fascinating novel centered around Elvis, a teenager from Lagos, Nigeria an Elvis impersonator. An alcoholic father and no money, Elvis begins a journey in the dark world of crime. (Click on the cover of the book for link to purchase on amazon)