Recovery by Russell Brand: a book review

Although I want you to come away from the Dream Markt blog with marketing tips that better you as a professional or entrepreneur, I also want to talk about things that help you be the best person you can be! And so, we are going to talk mental health, good habits and general life-hacking here too.

That being said, I want to bring you up to speed on a read I had recently of Russell Brand’s Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. Follow for my review of this useful and refreshing guide:

I respected Russell Brand from before reading this book. As much as you can do someone you don’t know. My intrigue for him as a person began by adoring his eloquence, intelligence, and interesting ways of thinking.

Then, it soared when I learned that he had been free from drug addiction for over a decade, and was addressing all types of addiction in this book.

I have a deep reserve of reverence for sufferers who try, and what do I mean by this? Booking themselves into a AA class, going for a walk, committing to a therapist, recognising they are not in a good space and attempting to save themselves before ‘acting’- I am overwhelmed by it.

And so, I was perfect, sponge-like reader, waiting for him to tell me, how I can also kick my personal addictions (of which I believe many of us suffer from, knowingly or not).


This book was surprising in places. Brand outlines a previously established 12 story programme that he now uses as the fabric of his sobriety and striving to be a better person, and translates it for the non-believers and people who hate the typical self-help book drivel.

He is frank, poetic, hilarious, while offering little nods to the UK, which make you feel even more strongly that he is on this walk ‘with us’ (I’m a Londonder, if you didn’t know). If you are addicted to anything: food, your phone 👀, sex, alcohol, whatever - this is a practical guide, with enough realness for you to feel that you are not being sold another pipe-dream by a money grabbing soulless celebrity.

From a personal perspective, Brand, along with equipping me with tools to deal with addiction has completely challenged the purpose of my actions, by unpacking our societies proclivity for ‘self-centeredness’ causing me personally to reflect, thinking of myself as a server instead. But anyway, enough from me about this, I say you read the book for yourself!

Being a millennial one of my addictions is surprise surprise, technology, and of course, coffee, and many other things. What addiction would you like to kick? Let me know below.

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