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Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

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XI

A Guide to Working 12-Step Programs

What I am about to describe for you is based on personal observation, my reading of the study literature, and interviews and conversations I’ve had with people familiar with how 12-Step programs function and what makes them effective for many people.

The key piece that determines effectiveness is the connection that people have with each other in the program. The nature of relationships is so much more profound in recovery because of the intense experiences we’ve had and the ability people develop to reveal themselves.

I’ve seen studies by Dr. Scott Tonigan and others that asked, “What is the most significant piece of the program that gets people sober?” This research confirmed what many of us always suspected: ...

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