Recovering Spirituality: Achieving Emotional Sobriety in Your Spiritual Practice

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Spirituality is a critical aspect of the Twelve Steps and other recovery programs. Yet, for those of us disposed to addiction, it can be easy to get so caught up in the idea of our Higher Power and the abundant joys of a spiritual life that we experience 'spiritual bypass'—the use of spirituality to avoid dealing with ourselves, our emotions, and our unfinished business.

In Recovering Spirituality, researcher and clinical psychologist Ingrid Mathieu uses personal stories and ...

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Overview

Spirituality is a critical aspect of the Twelve Steps and other recovery programs. Yet, for those of us disposed to addiction, it can be easy to get so caught up in the idea of our Higher Power and the abundant joys of a spiritual life that we experience 'spiritual bypass'—the use of spirituality to avoid dealing with ourselves, our emotions, and our unfinished business.

In Recovering Spirituality, researcher and clinical psychologist Ingrid Mathieu uses personal stories and practical advice to teach us how to grow up emotionally and take responsibility for ourselves. Without turning away from the true benefits of an active spiritual program, she shows us how to work through life's challenges and periods of pain while evolving and maintaining an authentic relationship with our Higher Power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616490898
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 815,579
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Mathieu has extensive experience counseling substance dependent clients and is a researcher and psychotherapist. This is her first book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part One

Chapter One 14

Allison

Chapter Two 28

What Is Spiritual Bypass?

Chapter Three 42

Bill's Story Revisited

Chapter Four 54

Spiritual Bypass and Twelve Step Recovery

Chapter Five 66

Bradford

Chapter Six 80

The Softer Side of Spiritual Bypass

Chapter Seven 94

Chelsea

Part Two

Chapter Eight 110

There Is No Finish Line

Chapter Nine 118

Lost in Translation

Chapter Ten 126

In My Defense

Chapter Eleven 136

My Way or the Highway

Chapter Twelve 148

Becoming Right Size

Chapter Thirteen 158

Integration Leads to Integrity

In Conclusion 164

Putting It All Together

Epilogue 172

The Hoop Is Wider Than You Think

Bibliography 179

About the Author 185

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Easy, practical read

    A slant look on sobtiety for emotional self-care, rather than only physical or spiritual solutions. Good for people who feel stuck in any stage of sobriety.

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