One of this blog’s original purposes was to inform newcomers to recovery, and their loved ones, what to expect in mainly (but not exclusively) 12 step recovery groups, with the hope that this might help in taking the first crucial step towards recovery.
Not only recovery from alcoholism, addiction or other addictive behaviours but also from codependency, co-alcoholism which loved ones often suffer from too.
In recent weeks we have taken detours to examine other co-morbid or co-occurring conditions which contribute to severity of addictive disorders. Here we return for now to our original intention – to pass on what we have been freely given.
To pass on how you can recover form addictive behaviours and the evidence of the success of 12 step groups in this pursuit.
This interview below is from a expert into the Psychology of Recovery in 12 steps and other treatment modalities like CBT and Motivational Enhancement. His name is Joseph Nowinsky Ph.D.
The language of the interview is not too academic. In fact, it uses pretty straight forward language to explain clearly what happens in 12 step groups and what are the main ingredients in successful long term recovery.
I have found myself that whatever I put into my recovery I got back in terms of improved emotional well being.
If you put the work in, you will recover just like me.
That is the message of Hope. If you want recovery bad enough, the chances are, you will recover.
This academic and therapist explains why this is the case, citing numerous academic studies which seem to be in line with the experiential and anecdotal wisdom handed down to me via 12 step recovery groups.
It kinda shores on what is known in these groups which is great as it helps dispel any existing doubt about their effectiveness.