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12 Healing Steps for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide Paperback – March 26, 2012
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In this small book, she demonstrates her creativity as a mental health clinician and as a writer. She has taken the venerable 12 Steps -- the Alcoholics Anonymous structure that has been successfully employed by millions of people since originating in the 1930s -- and illustrates how survivors of abuse can follow these steps to come to peace with early pain and trauma.
A big plus of the book is that she converts the sometimes stodgy writing of the 12 Steps to approachable and accessible language. For instance, Step 2, "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity," is changed to "Willing to ask for help." The traditional Step 4, which states, "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves," becomes simply, "Write your autobiography."
Each chapter explores a single step, giving a user-friendly explanation of the step and how it promotes healing for abuse survivors. At the end of each chapter is a list of suggested actions to further the recovery process, which may include journaling, making a collage, writing letters, list making, talking to a trusted friend and the like.
Men and women who are already in recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Al-Anon and similar programs will find this book familiar and useful. Mental health clinicians, addictions counselors and other health professionals will find value and inspiration when working with individuals and groups.
I understand that Adena is now developing action methods to go along with the book and is beginning to present them on behalf of the Arizona Psychodrama Institute. The book is a useful addition to the library, and these action structures will make a good contribution to the fields of psychodrama and sociometry.
12 Healing Steps for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide
for materials that I can use to help my clients. This guide is excellant as it provides concrete suggestions at a manageable pace to aide in recovery. I have heard from so many clients the effects of sexual abuse in the way that Ms. Lees describes. For instance, the strong feelings of guilt for the abuse, and how Ms. Lees talks about powerlessness, and the actions steps to take to move from surviving to thriving. Also referenced through this guide is completing the steps with a guide of a sponsor and/or professional. This is not work to do by oneself. I highly recommend this book. It can change people's lives for the better.