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- Publication Date: March 28, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VD94JO0
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THE REAL 13TH STEP: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance, and Independence Beyond the Twelve-Step Programs (Revised Edition) Kindle Edition
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I am in my life. I was in addiction, then in recovery; now I am in my life. I will say that 12-step recovery saved me, but only because I did not have a list of alternatives to choose from. It was my only choice for assistance with addiction in my area.
I could fill a book with my objections to 12-step recovery, but what would the point be. It’s here. It’s often all we have. It’s often court mandated, although the Ninth Circuit of Appeals has made that mandate illegal due to the fellowship’s structure, if not status, as a religion; however generic a cloak the fellowship puts on its Catholic roots.
But, it was there. I attended to one degree or another for ten years, and now have 17 years of freedom from active addiction, and seven years of freedom from the fellowship and the stigma I believe it supported. Although Dr. Tessina’s book is not recommending dissociation from 12-step recovery, it is offering the freedom to make that choice for yourself, to know when you might be ready, and to do it without the guilt or fear the fellowship can consequently instill.
I, too, was a substance abuse counselor who insisted on 12-step attendance, even after fissures of disagreement were tearing me away. It’s what was available. And, if you want to learn how to work on cars, you hang out with mechanics. After reading Dr. Tessina’s book, my insistence came with a caveat: Read this book first. I believe it serves both as a warning label and a way to get the most out of 12-step recovery while thinking for yourself. With the information in her book you will able to put the fellowship’s program in perspective, know what you should be gaining from each of the 12 steps and probably be able to figure out if you have a good sponsor. To me, Dr. Tessina’s book is the paddle you don’t want to be up the creek without.
If you are addicted, read this book. If you are a counselor or therapist with even one addicted client, read and recommend this book. If there is an addicted person in your life, read and gift this book.