Understanding the Twelve Steps: An Interpretation and Guide for Recovering

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 15, 1991 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Millions of people have transformed their lives by working the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Their success has come from their ability to truly understand these principles and to apply them in their daily lives. Yet for many embarking on the road to recovery, the Steps can seem vague, even confusing.
This practical, no-nonsense guide takes the mystery out of the Twelve Steps, presenting a straightforward explanation of what each step means, as well as examples of how it translates to real life. Written by a certified alcoholism and drug abuse counselor with more than twenty years of experience, it offers a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and genuine support for anyone in recovery.
Understanding the Twelve Steps features:
Clear, easy-to-understand interpretation of the Twelve Steps -- the vital building blocks of recovery
Checklists that summarize the tasks and objectives of each step
The Twelve Promises -- the positive changes you can expect in your life if you follow the Twelve Steps
What happens at Twelve Step meetings and why it is important to have a sponsor
The experiences, strength, and hope of other recovering people

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I never understood the 12 steps of A.A. Having a Father who is a recovering alcholic, I was able to understand why he is sober today. I looked at A.A. meetings as a way for the alcholic to recover ... Read full review

Understanding the twelve steps: an interpretation and guide for recovering people

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This highly accessible guide to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous comes at a time when the popularity of such programs are at an all-time high. Drawing on his experience as an alcohol/substance ... Read full review


The Twelve Step Plus Approach
What Happens at Twelve Step Meetings?
An Overview of the Twelve Steps
I Cant
Somebody Else
Ill Let Them Help
The Willingness to Change
Identifying Those We Have Harmed
Making Amends
Daily Review
Carrying the Message
The Promises

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About the author (1991)

Terence T. Gorski is the president of The CENAPS Corporation, a training and consultation firm specializing in recovery from addictive disease and relapse prevention therapy. He is a popular speaker and conducts training and workshops in more than twenty different cities each year.

Mr. Gorski is the author of numerous books, audio, and video tapes, including Passages Through Recovery -- An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse, Staying Sober -- A Guide for Relapse Prevention, The Staying Sober Work-book, and How to Start Relapse Prevention Support Groups.

He is the clinical director of the National Relapse Prevention Certification School, which trains counselors and therapists in relapse prevention therapy methods.

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