A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps

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Hazelden Publishing, Jun 3, 2009 - Self-Help - 264 pages
Recovery is not a man's world, and yet to a woman it can sometimes seem that way. Geared specifically to that woman, this book brings a feminine perspective to the Twelve Step program, searching out the healing messages beneath the male-oriented words. Based on an open exploration and a flexible interpretation of the Twelve Steps, this new perspective takes into account the psychological development of women as it relates to addiction and recovery, as well as the social and cultural factors that affect women in particular.

Acknowledging that recovery raises special issues for women--from questions about sexuality, relationships, and everyday life to anxieties about speaking up at mixed-gender meetings--A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps focuses directly on the feminine experience of addiction and healing. The author explores the Twelve Steps one by one, reiterating each in its traditional language, then explaining and illustrating it in a way that highlights a woman's experience--empowering the reader to take ownership of her own recovery process as well as her growth as a woman.

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A Womans Way Through the Twelve Steps

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This is a fantastic addition to my 12 step library.It presented a womans view of the recovery process.I was recommended to buy it and I will recommend it to my friends. Read full review

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This is an extraordinary and transformative book. It has allowed me (and many of my "Step Sisters") to approach the 12 steps with kindness and clarity. It pierces the murky prose of the original text... without veering away from the core message.
I strongly recommend it as a companion text (to support the core material) in any step study.

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About the author (2009)

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, is nationally recognized as a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. With many years of experience, she has developed an innovative, gender-responsive approach to address the treatment needs of women and girls that has been proven effective in public, private, and institutional settings.

Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

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