Russell Brand’s Guide to Addiction Recovery Coming Next Year

By Victoria Kim 10/11/16

Brand has written several books on a variety of topics including soccer, fairytales and global socio-economic issues.

Russell Brand’s Guide to Addiction Recovery Coming Next Year

Comedian and activist Russell Brand is set to release a new book next year that will serve as a guide to addiction recovery, based on his own past experience as a “proper little junkie” and 13 years in recovery. 

According to a press release, the book will touch on the broad spectrum of addiction issues that range from life-threatening to those that are lesser, but still damaging. 

“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,” said Brand in the release. “This book describes the way I work my program and how it can work for anyone.”

Brand’s previous literary ventures include My Booky Wook (2007) and Revolution (2014).

Brand undoubtedly has had a cache of personal experience to draw from while writing this book, which is set for release in September 2017. He’s talked openly about his struggles with drugs, alcohol, and sex, and actively tries to help his fellow drug users by providing opportunities and speaking out against stigma.

Last month, the 41-year-old Essex native donated his Trews Era Cafe in east London to a local addiction recovery organization, the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt). The cafe is conveniently located next door to the organization’s headquarters, where prisoners struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are offered support, workshops and job training.

The cafe is a “fully self-supporting, new economic enterprise” manned entirely by people in recovery or ex-offenders, he said.

Brand also provides a rather unique voice for the recovery community. In 2013, he blogged about his own recovery on his website, admitting that even after a decade of sobriety, he’s still got drugs on his mind. “The last time I thought about heroin was yesterday,” he wrote at the time.

He’s even stood before the British Parliament and urged lawmakers to see addiction as a health issue, not a criminal one. 

“It is something I consider to be an illness, and therefore more of a health matter than a criminal or judicial matter,” he said in 2012 before the Home Affairs Committee. “It is more important that we regard people suffering from addiction with compassion and there is a pragmatic rather than a symbolic approach to treating it.”

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

Victoria is interested in anything that has to do with how mind-altering substances impact society. Find Victoria on LinkedIn or Tumblr