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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am currently involved in step related "treatment" which, if I had read this beforehand I may have been able to avoid. Denial and Deception is what these 12 Steppers have been doing for years now.
They have been denying that they are not a cult like fundamentalist religion and deceiving everyone with their fabrications that they are the only treatment that works for addictions and even the made-up co-dependency construct. Stanton Peele, Charles Bufe, and Archie Brodsky has used real science to show that 12 Stepping is not the only game in town Resisting Step Coercion, presents addiction issues in real psychological light, which shows that they are not victimizing diseases that must be treated for life.
There is the ability to recover fully and no need to be in some step recovery room for the rest of your life. The steps have been shown, by this book, to be an almost useless treatment model when coercion is used to rope in clients. I found book to be well written and professional. I think you will find it eye opening. So open those eyes for it is time for the 12 Step Cult to be ousted from the treatment centers they have commandeered from logical treatment. It is time for real mental health treatment to care for those who need it.
This is an excellent work, which exposes Stepping for what it is: Rick Goodner, Author of "Co-dependent What a Bore and Other Clinical Observations". On a single issue I heartily concur with the authors: It has to come from within. Hopefully, we have not killed or maimed before that happens.
Leigitmate study of the "spiritual phenomenon" is intensely interesting to me. I have also been sober for not quite 15 years. I had initially rejected AA in the mistaken belief that AA was a sort of religion and that I would have to learn to say prayers to "Higher Power", so when my life caved in, I started my sobriety in the Hoffman Quadrinity Process, a week long residential retreat for people who want or need to explore themselves and the things that were holding them back in life. Two sober years later, I attended my first AA meeting.
Within five minutes I realized that I was in the same kind of powerful and positive spiritual atmosphere that I had found doing the Hoffman Process. It is true that the historic roots of AA are in a religious organization. It is also true that AA welcomes atheists like myself. I'm an alcoholic and a godless heathen," at which there is always good-hearted laughter. The authors of this book aggressively and repetitively label AA as a religion or religious, and many members are, in fact, very religious and don't hesitate to share their personal views.
Just like a city council meeting or high school graduation, meetings start with a non-denominational prayer. But what I found differentiating AA from a religion is that there is no dogma, nor is there any expectation of spiritual conformity. There are no requirements that one must believe in any particular god, or any god at all, and for this outspoken atheist, these are the practical things that refute the authors' strident claims.
I find practical value in my connection to a source of communal strength as I navigate life's challenges, and I see that many AA's use the overt good will in their AA group as that source of strength just as I do. AA's historic roots come through clearly when one sees the word god capitalized, as well as the words "higher power".
At first this bothered me, but then I realized that it was only as significant as I personally wanted to make it. I choose not to recite prayers, and nobody in my AA group has ever leaned on me to conform to anybody else's beliefs or behaviors, and at the same time, many have sought my advice and the insight that stems from my own perspective and experiences.
I find no dogma in AA.
You can paint the word "pig" on a horse, but just because it has four legs, the word alone does not make it a pig, and naming something a religion because of some overlapping characteristics simply does not make it so any more than the city council meeting is actually a religious ceremony! The specific sequence matters, just as it does in an industrial process or when you try to assemble your kid's christmas present.
Interestingly, when I joined AA with two years of spiritual sobriety, I decided to "work the steps". I found myself following the same sequential path of psychological tasks that I had done in the Hoffman Process.
Each accomplished task became the foundation for the next. Common sense, wouldn't you think? I am convinced that dealing with the wounds and resentments of the past is a critical phase of healing for anyone hoping for permanent change in their lives, whether struggling with addiction or not. It is equally important, liberating actually, to make amends to those we have harmed.
This is a practical matter for anybody with a conscience! If you don't have a conscience, I guess it wouldn't matter. Both the Hoffman Process and the 12 Step Programs recognize these aspects of healing, and I am surprised that the authors, purportedly experts in the recovery and healing field, seem not to appreciate this, but rather write it off as nothing more than religious confession.
I notice that other reviewers of this book seem to have segregated themselves into pro and anti 12 Steppers. There are many accurate concepts and bits of data in this book, but often they seem to be taken out of context or their significance either magnified or down-played depending on whether or not they seem to support the authors' viewpoints. It is deeply discouraging to note how often the authors use the inferential phrases like "would seem to" or "leads one to believe" as they stretch to draw conclusions from these tangential tidbits of data, when in fact, the data are incomplete, inconclusive, or simply irrelevant.
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