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12 Concepts of Recovery That Have Stood the Test of Time

12 Concepts of Recovery That Have Stood the Test of Time

I have read this provocative article by Stanton Peele a few times, each time finding parts with which I agree, and many with which I could not disagree more. Maybe I don’t understand what he means by “natural recovery from addiction.”  Are his 12 Concepts of Recovery a play against the 12 Steps of Recovery that work for me and for many? Certainly each of his 12 Concepts is encompassed in my personal recovery program – which also includes 12 Step work, and a  consistent and deepening relationship with my higher power…. what could be more natural than that?

Consistent Persistence

Consistent Persistence

It was my very first ever AA meeting and a woman glommed on to me, pegging me as the newest of the newcomers – bewildered, numb, yet simultaneously in pain. She made sure I knew I was in the right place. Once observed, gone was my option to bolt in a moment of anxiety or slink out in a moment of shame. I would be too self-conscious to make a move toward the door.

The Missing Component

The Missing Component

Humbled by the honesty and clarity of gifted and highly respected teacher Rev. Dr. Maureen Hoyt, I invite you to read her article that explores her lifelong journey of self discovery along with her respect for the underlying problem that precedes addictions. Thank you for your beautiful share, Dr. Maureen, and for reminding us of that which cannot be found in any teaching or any program, but only from deep within, and that is the power and gift of choice.