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By Christopher Cavanaugh

ISBN-10: 0307758567

ISBN-13: 9780307758569

What does a codependent say to his mate whilst he wakes up?
"Good morning, how am I?"
--Overheard at a Codependents nameless meeting

Throughout the realm this present day, greater than million alcoholics and millions of drug addicts, compulsive overeaters, intercourse addicts, compulsive gamblers, codependents, and different addicts abstain from their dependancy, having came upon a brand new lifestyles through practising the 12-step software of restoration built through Alcoholics nameless. through the years, their practices have developed right into a manner of life--the 12-Step Culture.

"I do not consider my first assembly, yet i have been advised that I talked for a truly lengthy time."
--Mary, a member of Narcotics Anonymous

AA to Z is the 1st ebook to rfile the richness and variety of the lives of recuperating humans and to supply an encyclopedic examine this distinctive way of life. much less self-help than enlightenment and leisure, AA to Z is constructed from real-life tales of...

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She saw herself in the reflection on the window and recognized for the first time that she was not the woman of grace and beauty she pictured herself to be. She saw that she was just a drunk. Audrey heard her son crying and praying to God to help him because he couldn’t take care of her anymore. At that moment she knew she’d hit bottom and needed help. Cooper P. From Oklahoma A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Sober 8 years Cooper had tried beer as a young teen but didn’t really take to it.

He won’t even play games for free food at fast-food restaurants. Marilyn L. From Iowa A member of Al-Anon for 30 years Marilyn struggled in Al-Anon for the first nine years. She had a sponsor who practically had to drag her to the one meeting a month held in her city. In the early years of her recovery she tried to control Ted’s drinking, even going as far as sneaking Antabuse into his food. She experienced years of pain and failure trying to keep Ted sober, but nothing worked. A. and he told her that she had to face the fact that Ted might not ever get sober.

That was a really great three years for me. I did a couple of week-long sessions at the Carin Center, dealing with codependency issues. It involved intense family of origin work and sculpture work, grieving, crying, swinging bats at pillows, rage work, all that stuff. A whole new world opened up for me about healing the inner person. I learned that recovery isn’t just about getting my family back and getting my job back—it’s about getting me back. Bob Earle is one of my favorite writers on the program.

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