Powerfully Recovered!: A Confirmed 12 Stepper Challenges the Movement

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Universal-Publishers, Nov 1, 1998 - Self-Help - 208 pages
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In this ground breaking book, Anne Wayman, clean and sober for almost 25 years and with multiple works published by Hazelden, explores two myths that grown up in the 12 Step movement: never-ending recovery, and perpetual powerlessness.

Convinced that the 12 Steps offer the best chance for lasting recovery, she challenges the movement to acknowledge the fear behind the myths, and let them go so that the Program can reach its full potential.

Working from original source material, she explains the nature and development of the myths. She documents the damage they do to individuals and the movement as a whole, including its relative failure in areas of poverty where it is most needed.

With true compassion and understanding she shows exactly what 12 Steppers need to do to let go of the myths, and become Powerfully Recovered, as the original Program intended.

 

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This is an important book for anyone entering twelve step programs to recover from alcoholism or any addiction for that matter. I was in a trap of repeating unhealthy behaviour when I entered recovery I did not want to enter another trap ie; compulsive attendance of meetings for the rest of my life or buying into the belief I would never be recovered from alcoholism. This is where this book is so important , what a great vision it provides for the future of twelve step work. 

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Contents

The Courage To Change
106
Fears About Being Powerfully Recovered
107
Fear Of Loss Of Community
108
Fear Of Taking Personal Responsibility
109
Serenity And Acceptance
110
The Things We Can
111
A Final Story The Secret
113
What About Anonymity?
117

Many Never Try
26
The Fellowship v The Program
28
The Distinction Is Important
29
The Promises
31
The Myth Of NeverEnding Recovery
34
The Disease Theory Of Addiction
35
OverEmphasis Of The Disease Theory
36
How We Think And Feel About Disease
37
We Are Much More Than Our Condition
38
We Can Be Recovered
40
Whats The Problem?
41
Addiction Is Not A Normal State
42
Confusion About What Recovered Really Means
43
Unnecessary Fear of Relapse
44
The Myth Of Perpetual Powerlessness
46
The Meaning Of Power
47
Societys View Of Power
48
Pioneer Influence
49
The Pioneers Were NOT Powerless
51
Generalization Of The First Step
53
Surrender Humility And Power
55
But What About Surrender?
57
SelfWorth And AddictionDysfunction
59
Twelve Step Power
60
The Mystery of 12 Step Power
61
Discipline
62
SelfExamination And Confession
64
Reaching Out To Others
65
Willingness To Change
67
We Are Worthy and Deserving
68
Of Inventories Confessions Amends And SelfWorth
70
Building A New Life
72
Multiple 6th And 7th Steps Are Problems Too
74
The 10th Step
75
What About BIG Problems
76
The Dangers Of GroupThink
78
Powerfully Recovered And Your Program
82
How Can I Know If Im Recovered?
83
Arent There Risks For Newcomers?
88
How Can I Know Im Using Power Well?
89
No One Can Effectively Argue With Your Experience
90
The Rewards
91
Powerfully Recovered And The Principle Of Attraction
94
12 Step Groups Reflect Society Not Need
97
What About AlAnon CODA OA And Acoa?
98
Perpetual Powerlessness Is Not Attractive
99
If Youre Already Powerless
101
An Integrated Experience
103
The 12 Step Movement Can Change
105
Rarely Challenged
119
Changing Times
121
The 12th Tradition
122
Whats Really Going On?
123
Anonymity Promotes Secrecy
124
Anonymity Promotes Guilt
125
Anonymity and SelfWorth
126
Our Need To Make Our Own Choice
127
Some Thoughts About God
129
The Sex of God
130
Pagans 12 Stepping
131
No Deity Or Many
132
GenderNeutral Chapter 5
133
The Slogans
139
First Things First
141
Easy Does It
143
One Day At A Time
144
Let Go And Let GodGoddess
146
If You Want To Stay Dry Stay Out Of Wet Places
147
Dont Get Too Hungry Angry Lonely Or Tired
148
If It Aint Broke Dont Fix It
149
My Best Thinking Got Me Here
150
Think Think Think
151
We Are Not Powerless Over Our Emotions
153
I wanted to kill myself
154
The Illusion Of External Emotions
155
Working backwards
157
Techniques For Emotional Recovery
159
24 Hours Of Feelings
162
Gratitude And Other Feelings
163
The Brain As Computer
164
Resources
167
Web Sites
173
Nonofficial but helpful 12 Step sites
175
Empowering Sites
179
Pagan Links
180
SelfHelp
181
Online Meetings
185
Telephone Numbers
187
Finding Contacts When Youre Not In The United States
189
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
191
The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
193
My Web Sites
195
Ecards
196
Acknowledgements
197
Index
198
Order Powerfully Recovered
203
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