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R4R @ Rutgers: Reading for Recovery

R4R is a resource geared towards those interested in the use of bibliotherapy, i. e., guided reading, for substance use problems. It was created at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies Library in 2015-2016 with the help of an ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant.

For Addiction Professionals

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.

Training in Bibliotherapy

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.

Highlights: Latest Titles

Reading for Therapy in the Media


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