Reading and Writing

Books are important to everyone in recovery. We all read the essentials, such as The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions​ – these are the core references for staying sober.


But it turns out there is so much more to explore and discover in the world of sobriety. At Get Into Recovery, our interests have led us to examine topics that fascinate us deeply. And our personal journeys have become so much richer as we push ourselves to investigate and write about the things that inspire us.


So part of our ethos is to question, examine and get productive. Then we publish books about our learning and our experiences so that hopefully, and with humility, we might add in a small way to the collective effort to carry the message.

The Authors

John E

John's interests have led him to dig deeply into the connectivity between recognised teaching methods and the ways in which we learn about twelve step recovery. His work has resulted in highly effective teaching manuals for the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.  More recently, he has studied and defined the close relationships between cognitive behavioural therapy and twelve step recovery, finally debunking the idea that either method is inferior to the other.

Steve E

With a keen interest in the idea that recovery should connect us back into real life again, Steve's work focuses on the areas that we develop in long-term sobriety. He has now published his first book, Relationships In Recovery, that examines the risks posed and methods that we might use for successful relationships.The next part of the plan for Steve’s work is the completion of his second book, The Principles I Practice, which he plans to publish in the second half of 2021.

The Books

The Sponsors Twelve Step Manual by John E.

For some in early recovery, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous can be hard to understand. This book applies proven learning techniques to the process of teaching the twelve steps using a simple, highly structured method. 

The Sponsors Twelve Traditions Manual by John E.

This Traditions  manual uses the same educational methods  as the Twelve Step manual  to take sponsors and sponsees through the traditions. The book teaches the important concepts of the traditions in a clear and easily understood way.

Twelve Step Recovery and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by John E.

In this book, John carefully analyses and compares all the elements of twelve step recovery and cognitive behavioural therapy. This study shows in detail how the objectives of these two methods are actually closely aligned.

Relationships in Recovery by Steve E.


Relationships are a difficult and complex proposition for people in recovery.This book examines our defects around relationships and suggests ways to develop an effective toolset for a safe and rewarding life with a partner.

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