Reading books can become a deeply personal thing, it is at the very least, a great way to accumulate information. However, when we make a connection with something in a book, whether it's a character in a fictional novel, a storyline we can relate to, or a particular writing style that makes it seem like the author has tailored the information specifically for you, reading can take you on the roller-coaster of emotions without ever leaving the comfort of your favourite armchair.
We often talk about developing new coping skills for life, our inability or practice self-care as a determent to our mental and physical health, and a desire to escape from the harsh reality of the problems in our life without using the mind altering substances we may have once found so enticing. Reading books as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle can accomplish all of these things, because when reading is developed as a new habit it becomes an integral part of any strong recovery plan.
As American writer Henry Miller once said, “A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation... A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
At The Liberation Place we believe that empowering an individual to make psychologically healthy choices is paramount to developing a sustainable recovery plan, and knowledge is an important part of that empowerment. Without a solid understanding of why we do what we do, and ways to alter them, changing our behaviours becomes a more difficult task to achieve.
Attached to this page is our Liberation Library and Recommended Reading List, both of which contain some enlightening and empowering publications that can enrich your recovery and engage your mind in a new and empowering way of thinking. Please feel free to contact us should you have a comment or recommendation for our list, At The Liberation Place we are always open to, and in fact welcome, your feedback on any topic we may be presenting.