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Powerfully Recovered! : A Confirmed 12 Stepper Challenges the Movement - Anne Wayman

Powerfully Recovered!

A Confirmed 12 Stepper Challenges the Movement

Paperback Published: 19th November 1998
ISBN: 9781581128765
Number Of Pages: 208

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In this ground breaking book, Anne Wayman, clean and sober for almost 25 years and with multiple works published by Hazelden, explores two myths that grown up in the 12 Step movement: never-ending recovery, and perpetual powerlessness.

Convinced that the 12 Steps offer the best chance for lasting recovery, she challenges the movement to acknowledge the fear behind the myths, and let them go so that the Program can reach its full potential.

Working from original source material, she explains the nature and development of the myths. She documents the damage they do to individuals and the movement as a whole, including its relative failure in areas of poverty where it is most needed.

With true compassion and understanding she shows exactly what 12 Steppers need to do to let go of the myths, and become Powerfully Recovered, as the original Program intended.

Introductionp. 9
A Sense of Constrictionp. 10
Claim of Powerp. 11
Failure in the Ghettop. 12
Criticsp. 13
A Challengep. 14
Author's Notesp. 17
An Anonymity Breakp. 17
Sexist Language and 12 Step Literaturep. 17
About This Editionp. 18
12 Step Truth - 12 Step Mythp. 21
Something is Wrongp. 22
Members Get Stuckp. 22
Many Never Tryp. 25
Old-timers Leavep. 25
The Myths of Recoveryp. 26
The Fellowship v. The Programp. 27
The Distinction Is Importantp. 29
The Programp. 29
The Promisesp. 31
The Myth of Never-ending Recoveryp. 35
The Disease Theory of Addictionp. 36
Over-Emphasis of the Disease Theoryp. 37
How We Think and Feel About Diseasep. 38
I am" is a Powerful Statementp. 38
We Are Much More Than Our Conditionp. 39
We Can Be Recoveredp. 42
What's the problem?p. 44
Addiction is not a normal statep. 44
Failure to recognize abstaining is normalp. 45
Confusion About What 'Recovered' Really Meansp. 46
Unnecessary Fear of Relapsep. 47
The Myth of Perpetual Powerlessnessp. 49
The Meaning of Powerp. 50
Society's View of Powerp. 51
Pioneer Influencep. 52
The Pioneers Were NOT Powerlessp. 54
Generalization of the First Stepp. 57
Surrender, Humility and Powerp. 60
Of Surrenderp. 60
Real Humilityp. 62
Self-Worth and Addiction/Dysfunctionp. 64
Twelve Step Powerp. 67
The Mystery of 12 Step Powerp. 67
Disciplinep. 69
Self-Examination and Confessionp. 71
Reaching Out to Othersp. 73
Willingness to Changep. 76
We Are Worthy and Deservingp. 77
Of Inventories, Confessions, Amends and Self-Worthp. 79
Building a New Lifep. 80
The Problem with Multiple 4th Stepsp. 81
Annual 4th Stepsp. 81
Multiple 6th and 7th Steps Are Problems Toop. 83
The 10th Stepp. 84
We are not always wrong!p. 85
What About BIG Problems?p. 86
Amendsp. 86
The Dangers of Group-thinkp. 89
Powerfully Recovered and Your Programp. 93
How Can I know if I'm Recovered?p. 94
Seven Questionsp. 94
Aren't There Risks for Newcomers?p. 101
How Can I Know I'm Using Power Well?p. 102
What Do I Say to Others?p. 102
The Rewardsp. 105
Powerfully Recovered and the Principle of Attractionp. 107
12 Step Groups Reflect Society, Not Needp. 110
What about Al-Anon, CODA, OA and ACoA?p. 111
Perpetual Powerlessness is Not Attractivep. 112
If you're Already Powerlessp. 113
An integrated experiencep. 118
The 12 Step Movement Can Changep. 119
The Courage to Changep. 121
Fears About Being Powerfully Recoveredp. 121
The Serenity Prayerp. 125
Serenity and Acceptancep. 125
The things we cannot change...p. 126
The things we can...p. 127
The wisdom...p. 127
A Final Story - The Secretp. 129
What About Anonymity?p. 135
Rarely Challengedp. 137
The 11th Traditionp. 138
Changing Timesp. 140
The 12th Traditionp. 141
What's Really Going On?p. 143
Shame and Loss of Controlp. 144
Anonymity Promotes Secrecyp. 145
Anonymity Promotes Guiltp. 146
Anonymity and Self-Worthp. 147
The Individual's Right to Choosep. 147
Our Need to Make Our Own Choicep. 149
The Slogansp. 151
Keep coming backp. 152
Keep it simplep. 152
Easy does itp. 153
One day at a timep. 153
Let go and let God/Goddessp. 153
If you want to stay dry, stay out of wet placesp. 154
HALTp. 154
If it ain't broke, don't fix itp. 154
Don't intellectualizep. 155
Keep the memory greenp. 155
My best thinking got me herep. 156
The Sex of Godp. 157
Resourcesp. 160
Booksp. 160
Web Sitesp. 161
Online Meetingsp. 1643
Telephone Numbersp. 164
My Web Sitesp. 165
Book Storep. 166
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymousp. 167
The 12 Traditionsp. 169
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9781581128765
ISBN-10: 1581128762
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 19th November 1998
Publisher: Universal Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 12.7 x 20.32  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27