A Place Called Self: A Guide for All Women in Recovery

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For many women, newfound sobriety--with its hard-won joys and accomplishments--is often a lonely and unsatisfying experience. Here, pioneering therapist Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., helps readers understand that leaving behind the numbing comfort of alcohol or other drugs means you must face yourself, perhaps for the first time. With personal stories and gentle guidance, Brown helps readers unravel painful truths and confusing feelings in the process of creating a new, true sense of...
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A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety & Radical Transformation

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Overview


For many women, newfound sobriety--with its hard-won joys and accomplishments--is often a lonely and unsatisfying experience. Here, pioneering therapist Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., helps readers understand that leaving behind the numbing comfort of alcohol or other drugs means you must face yourself, perhaps for the first time. With personal stories and gentle guidance, Brown helps readers unravel painful truths and confusing feelings in the process of creating a new, true sense of self.

EXCERPT: "Recovery is not a move from bad to good, but from false to real. This is the transformation. The point of surrender and new abstinence represents a letting go of the old self. . . By accepting her loss of control, the woman in recovery opens the door to finding her real, authentic self, the woman she is underneath the layers of defense that have protected her -- her false self -- perhaps for her entire life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592850983
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 286,084
  • Product dimensions: 4.86 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., is a leading clinician, author, teacher, and researcher in the field of addiction. She is the director of the Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, California, and is the author of eight books. Brown most recently co-edited The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women: Theory and Practice.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue xi
Part 1 Welcome to Recovery
Chapter 1 What Is Recovery? 3
Part 2 A Developmental Process
Chapter 2 Losing a Self: The Active Addiction Stage 17
Chapter 3 Recovery Shock: The Transition Stage 33
Chapter 4 The Growth of a New Self: The Early Recovery Stage 55
Chapter 5 Grown Up and Living Sober: The Ongoing Recovery Stage 79
Part 3 The Paradoxes of Recovery
Chapter 6 The Power in Powerlessness 99
Chapter 7 The Wholeness of a Divided Self: Accepting Conflict 109
Chapter 8 Independence Built on Dependence: Becoming Separate through Connection 127
Chapter 9 Standing Alone with the Help of Others: The Apprentice Model of AA and Other Twelve Step Groups 145
Part 4 At Home in Recovery
Chapter 10 The Gifts of Recovery 165
Epilogue 175
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 181
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous 182
About the Author 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Excellent

    For ladies at any stage of recovery~a book to revisit often

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    important for men who are trying to relate to women in recovery

    As a recovering man trying to be in a healthy relationship with a recovering woman this book is instrumental in helping to better understand the differences in the recovery patterns facing women. With this new understanding a better basis for communicating with a woman in recovery will hopefully allow a foundation for intimacy.

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