Monday, October 12, 2009

Twelve Step Recovery

I started out in "Twelve Step" with Codependents Anonymous. Don't let the name scare you. It simply means getting caught up in the drama of others or things. Call it Recovery if that feels better. Recovery from what? Living through a false self that came about to cope with life's difficulties. The "True Self" found in a Higher Power, wise teachers, wise friends (community), and wise literature. This was the revelation that began and sustains the great and highly successful Twelve Step movement. Click here for meeting lists for most any day or city in LA, and for a wealth of other valuable information. Click here to see a list of characteristics of co-dependence and the healthy and unhealthy patterns that is a real eye opener. Another very powerful program I have the privilege to be a part of is ACA-Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families. Again, it is my personal experience there is great healing to be had here as well. In ACA there is more emphasis on family dynamics, the inner child (wonder or wounded), and inner parent and Higher Power (critical or loving) and false or True Self. It really is a heroic thing to take the step of faith and go to meetings, do step studies, find a sponsor, etc. I saw an amazing connection here so wrote out just what a adventure and challenge it is. To see that click here for "The Step Hero's Journey." For more information click here for the Twelve Steps and Traditions,  Laundry List, Problem, and Solution. For my personal distillation to the essence of the ACA program, click here. To learn the many ways 12 step can work for you click here.  Keys To Recovery has a list of many 12 step groups at the back of the newspaper or click directory on the website. Here are books of interest Codependents Anonymous  Codependent No More also Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families book and step study workbooks.  Here are some inspiring songs Welcome Home Get Back Up The Broken Road Ready to Fly Learning How to Bend Alive Again Broken Wings

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME stuff, thanks so much for sharing these resources, I think you just saved my life.