A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to 12-step Programs

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American Psychiatric Pub, 1994 - Medical - 159 pages
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Twelve-step programs are revolutionizing and reshaping our thinking about -- and treatment of -- addiction. Because these programs are based in the community instead of in an institutional or academic setting, they often employ techniques and language that can be confusing and alien to health care professionals. Written in a clear, easy-to-understand style, this book explores these programs and provides a guide on how to integrate them into ongoing human services.

Written by internationally renowned experts, A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to 12-Step Programs includes up-to-date information to bridge the gap between mutual aid programs, human services, and the professional community. This practical book is designed to assist with the implementation of these programs into routine practice while providing a useful reference for academic and educational professionals.

 

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Contents

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
3
The Story of Addiction
9
Development of the 12Step Programs
15
Table 1A Guide to Selected 12Step Fellowships
24
Notable Features of 12Step Fellowships
25
The Role of 12Step Programs in Recovery
35
Sponsorship
41
Controversies Within the 12Step Movement
45
The Criminal Justice System
87
Educational Institutions
93
Religious Organizations
101
The Workplace
107
Recommendations to Increase Access to 12Step Programs
111
Research Agenda
119
Published Research Findings
121
Research Issues for 12Step Introductions
125

Building Bridges to 12Step Fellowships
63
Table 2Checklist of Introduction Techniques
67
Institutions That Encounter Addiction Problems Solutions and Recomendations
69
The Family
71
Health Care Systems and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
75
Epilogue
133
References
135
Appendix
145
Index
149
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Robert L. DuPont, M.D., is President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.

John P. McGovern, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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