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

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

by Marvin D. Seppala


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071347181
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 03/12/2001
Series: Hazelden Chronic Illness Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(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.


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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