These pages promote the therapeutic use of reading, known as bibliotherapy. This tool was compiled by librarians who, without laying claim to psychiatric expertise, assumed the role of accidental bibliotherapists when patrons asked for reading recommendations. We hope it can also help addiction professionals better serve their clients. The project envisions reading and/or group discussion as a supplement to recovery programs and more traditional forms of therapeutic support, not a substitute.
Although there are no officially accredited degree-awarding programs in bibliotherapy, several organizations have taken the initiative to train potential bibliotherapists, ranging from library-related groups to college programs in psychology all over the world. Here are some examples of such programs, which have not been evaluated or endorsed by the Reading for Recovery project, the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, the Carnegie-Whitney corporation, the American Library Association, or Rutgers University Libraries.