Clinician's Guide To The 12 Step Principles / Edition 1

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A detailed guide to the Twelve-Step method of addressing alcoholism and addiction. Prepares clinicians to use their skills and training in concert with this spiritual approach to recovery.
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Reviewer: Linda Toelke, RN, MS, CARN (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This reference for clinicians provides an overview of the Twelve Steps for treating alcoholism and addiction. The book was developed using information from multiple textbooks on Twelve Step programs, clinical practice in the field of addiction, discussions with Twelve Step members, and from attending Twelve Step meetings.
Purpose: Twelve Step programs are widely attended and successful for many individuals, but little has been written for clinicians. Definitions are avoided, which is similar to the highly interpretable Twelve Step principles that are a transformation in process. This book purports to provide clinicians with information that enhances their work with clients who are in the midst of active addiction as well as members of Twelve Step programs.
Audience: Virtually all clinicians have direct or indirect contact with the client active in addiction or recovery. This book is written for any interested clinician. The author suggests that Twelve Step members may also benefit from this thoughtful perspective.
Features: A comprehensive overview of the Twelve Steps and traditions is examined. The historical perspective helps synthesize the Twelve Step founder's desire to record a set of principles that could be inclusive of many individuals from many divergent backgrounds. This theme of inclusion and the benefit of mutual help is made manifest throughout the book. The gives only a limited response to common criticisms of Twelve Step programs. More discussion of the co-morbid relationship between mental illness and addiction and problems with integration with Twelve Step programs would be helpful. The appendixes are limited to a listing of the countries where Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)is located and a listing of Web addresses for various Twelve Step programs.
Assessment: The author credibly presents an overview of the Twelve Steps and Traditions. There is a paucity of literature that uses an experiential approach to bridge the gap between a clinician's training and understanding of the spiritual aspects of the recovery program. Any clinician interested in addiction and recovery, or Twelve Step members, could benefit from this book.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071347181
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Series: Hazelden Chronic Illness Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A Practical Solution. Chapter 2. Spiritual Experience. Chapter 3. The Historical Perspective. Chapter 4. Honesty. Chapter 5. Step One. Chapter 6. Step Two. Chapter 7. Step Three. Chapter 8. Steps Four and Five. Chapter 9. Steps Six and Seven. Chapter 10. Steps Eight and Nine. Chapter 11. Step Ten. Chapter 12. Step Eleven. Chapter 13. Step Twelve. Chapter 14. The Twelve Traditions. Chapter 15. Criticism of the Twelve Steps. Chapter 16. The Courage to Change: The Twelve Steps in Action. Appendix I: Location of AA Groups World Wide. Appendix II: The Twelve Steps on the World Wide Web.
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Academic efforts to address alcoholism and addiction seldom emphasize the Twelve Steps. Twelve Step programs are the most widely attended and successful methods of addressing the addictions, but gain little attention in the professional literature. These programs remain misunderstood, ignored, and sometimes even mocked, in spite of broad appeal and documented performance. There are over 98,000 A.A. groups worldwide representing 171 different countries and territories. Significant improvement in all measures of drinking problems was noted by Humphreys at oneyear follow-up of untreated individuals attending A.A. No research has revealed a method of addressing the addictions that is significantly superior to the Twelve Steps. The "best" attempts at research-based therapies, interventions, and treatment methods have yet to prove more successful than a spiritual program initiated by two desperate alcoholics in 1935.

While other branches of medicine are examining the roles of 46 "alternative" therapies, including prayer and meditation, the academic emphasis in addiction has not embraced such an inquiry into these established programs. Controversy illuminates the very essence of these programs; they feature spiritual discipline in healing chronic illness. It is my hope that the reader can withhold judgment and bias as it relates to this spiritual approach, thus gaining an opportunity to examine a fascinating and remarkably successful method of healing.

These programs have grown dramatically worldwide without professional input or scientific inquiry. I have attempted to describe the Twelve Steps as they are actually practiced, without providing a psychiatric explanation. It is my hope that this approach will provide clinicians with a knowledge base familiar to members participating in these programs, thus allowing for individual interpretation and the ability to readily communicate a working knowledge of the Steps. Expression of this knowledge will engage members of these programs who can become our greatest teachers.
—Copyright 2001 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Used with permission.

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