Recovering from Addiction: Guided Steps through the Healing Process

Recovering from Addiction: Guided Steps through the Healing Process

Recovering from Addiction: Guided Steps through the Healing Process

Recovering from Addiction: Guided Steps through the Healing Process

Synopsis

Persons confronting the arduous process of addiction recovery need help in establishing a new more mature approach to themselves and to their lives. James R. Baugh, Ph.D., a practicing clinical psychologist, and an expert in chemical dependencies, has designed a highly effective program which facilitates the physical, psychological, and spiritual healing of the addicted person and his equally suffering co-dependents. Recovering from Addiction porovides a successful method for dealing with the anxieties, mood swings, and self-esteem problems characteristic of addicted persons, with emphasis on ways to develop mature patterns of behavior and to replace compulsive behaviors with fulfilling interests.

Excerpt

This is a book about addiction and about changing yourself. It will tell you how to find and explore new ways of behaving that will help you have a happy and fulfilling life after you have stopped your compulsion.

Once addiction has ended, healing can begin. Many readers may already be following one of the various twelve-step programs. These offer a sound way of restructuring your life and managing your compulsion, although some of the steps can be difficult to follow. If you are now questioning whether or not you have an addiction or are convinced but attempting to solve it on your own, I recommend that you seek out such a program for information and help.

The acceptance of powerlessness is the first of the twelve steps (see Appendix A). For people who grew up believing that they could not survive without feeling powerful and being in charge, the concept of powerlessness can seem threatening, alienating. In this book you will be told, paradoxically, both to control various aspects of your life and to yield, or surrender, control. Knowing when to assert control and when to surrender is essential for your well-being. This book will give you . . .

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