Twelve Steps

Twelve Steps

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

The basic text of Narcotics Anonymous is a book by the same name. It is meant to be “a texbook for every addict seeking recovery.” First published in 1982, the book is divided into two parts. The first one pages discuss the basics of the program and the twelve steps and traditions. Book two is composed of almost 40 stories about the “experience, strength and hope” of addicts in recovery. Chapter Four, “How It Works,” is the longest and outlines the 12 Steps, which are … Continue reading

Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous

Not God

Initially published in 1979, this book remains without question the most complete and  authoritative history of Alcoholics Anonymous ever written. Alcoholics Anonymous was born in 1935 when Bill Wilson, sober just a short time, met Dr. Bob Smith and helped him to sobriety. Documenting AA’s philosphical and social development within the larger context of American culture, Kurtz’s history of AA follows the remarkable story of the evolution of a small group of depression era alcoholics into a worldwide movement, the largest mutual aid organization available … Continue reading

A Woman’s Guide to Recovery

A Woman's Guide to Recovery

If you are a woman who has found the courage to start down the road of recovery, know that you are never alone. Others have walked before you and have experienced recovery’s promises of radical change. This book, written by Brenda Iliff, former director of the Hazelden Women’s Recovery Center), explains how you, too, can live a life “beyond your wildest dreams.” Its pages are filled with expert advice, caring support, and personal stories of women who have found their way out of the mess … Continue reading

Three Little Books for the Price of Two

Get Three for the price of Two with delivery for the price of One. Give a copy to a friend, a newcomer, or leave a copy on the literature table at an AA meeting. The regular price of the book is $12.95 and so you can purchase three for just $25.90 USD with shipping at $5.25 USD. Just click here: The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps Twenty alternative versions of the 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. Four … Continue reading

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery

12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery

Dr. Allen Berger has been on his own personal  journey of recovery since 1971. “The 12 Steps are an integral part of my daily life,” he says. Berger uses the principles of the 12-Step program in his book, 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, which is especially meant to help people in recovery in their first two years. To provide a sense of the content of the book, here are six of the 12 stupid things that Berger believes can result in a relapse: … Continue reading

12 Smart Things To Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone

12 Smart Things To Do

Addiction affects so many people and it takes a lot of hard work to fight addiction day after day. 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone is a great companion for people who are newly sober. It gives readers encouragement and advice in a realistic way and emphasizes the need for “emotional sobriety through self-awareness and right action.” The author of the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery offers a fresh list of “smart” things to do … Continue reading

A History of Agnostics in AA

A History Front Cover

This book is an inspiration for those uncomfortable with the “God bit” in 12 Step recovery meetings and fellowships. A History of Agnostics in AA is a perfect blend of two essential parts for a book of this sort: personal experience and research. The book is divided into three main parts: Our History, Problems in AA and Moving Forward. The history goes back to Jim Burwell, the first atheist in AA, and to the very first agnostic AA meetings. It also taps into the discrimination … Continue reading

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

The primary text of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the source of the suggested 12-Step program of recovery is also called Alcoholics Anonymous and was first published in 1939. Because of its quasi-Biblical place in AA, it is also often called “The Big Book.” Mostly written by Bill Wilson, the co-founder of the AA fellowship, the book has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages. Some consider The Big Book to be quite religious; the word “God” appears on … Continue reading

The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps

“There are many versions of the 12-Step program of recovery. In fact, there are about as many versions as there are alcoholics in AA who use the program to get sober and to maintain their sobriety.” Thus begins The Little Book: A Collection of Alternative 12 Steps. The book contains 20 alternative versions of the original 12 Steps reflecting a wide range of philosophical, professional, religious, and cultural perspectives and traditions. The Little Book also has four secular interpretations of each of the Steps by … Continue reading

A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps

A Man's Way through the Twelve Steps

“This book is about “how men live as men” and how men live as men in addiction recovery. Griffin offers a personal guide through Twelve Step recovery, with a particular focus on men’s roles, men’s health, and the capacity of the Twelve Steps to spark processes of personal transformation that involve far more than the removal of alcohol and other drugs from men’s lives. A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps will find appreciative audiences among men in recovery as well as the women and … Continue reading

A Woman’s Way through the Twelve Steps

A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps

Why do women need their own book? Many women find the traditional religious language and imagery of the Big Book — i.e. references to God as “Him”, where “He” is the “Father” and we are “His” children — alienating. Stephanie Covington provides an interpretive view of the Steps, with each Step in some way touching on soul-searching and self-honesty. The Steps are presented as tools to help alcoholics understand what their ultimate values are – their inner life – so that they can lead a … Continue reading

Mindfulness and the 12 Steps

Mindfulness and the 12 Steps

The Buddhist mindfulness philosophy or bringing one’s awareness to focus on the present moment, can be used by those in recovery to enrich their mental and spiritual life. Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, a counsellor, an AAer and a practising Buddhist, visits each of the Twelve Steps, exploring the interplay of ideas between mindfulness and Twelve step practices, helping readers learn to incorporate mindfulness into their path toward lifelong sobriety. For example, in the chapter devoted to a discussion of Step Three, she writes that the Buddhist approach … Continue reading

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

“This book is devoted to detailed discussions of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions used in Alcoholics Anonymous. The Steps and Traditions represent the heart of AA’s principles, providing a precise guide for members to use in recovery. The strong spiritual nature of the Twelve Steps and Traditions is apparent.” (The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Books, p. 27) The book was published in 1952. The author, Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA, devotes 100 pages to explaining the 12-Steps which made their inital appearance as a … Continue reading