“There is a way out…..” this is a line from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

There are many routes to recovery and traditionally, 12 Step programmes are viewed as one of the best paths. I know I would not be sober if I had not gone to AA in 1991.

I am now aware that there are also other routes, as potent, and the Mastering the Addictive Personality training takes a long look at all of them.

I still honour my recovery date, still go to meetings, and know that there is a scaffolding to my thoughts around addiction, based on the experience of 12 step recovery. But….

I also join a growing group of therapists, addicts, writers, teachers and trainers who feel that addiction is not a disease, it is a way of coping, addictions are just “tools to cope” with the stresses, anxieties, fears and dramas of life as we know it.

Our tools, when we are addictive, need to be updated, our thoughts about ourselves need to be opened up, adjusted, replaced with empowering affirmations and the naming of shame.

Our rituals and ceremonies around self-harm, numbing emotional pain and shame, dealing with fear, anger and depression, need to re-modelled.

Recovery is all of this, it is a work in progress.

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