Twelve-step programs are revolutionizing and reshaping our thinking about -- and treatment of -- addiction. Because these programs are based in the community instead of in an institutional or academic setting, they often employ techniques and language that can be confusing and alien to health care professionals. Written in a clear, easy-to-understand style, this book explores these programs and provides a guide on how to integrate them into ongoing human services.
Written by internationally renowned experts, A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to 12-Step Programs includes up-to-date information to bridge the gap between mutual aid programs, human services, and the professional community. This practical book is designed to assist with the implementation of these programs into routine practice while providing a useful reference for academic and educational professionals.
Robert L. DuPont, M.D., is President of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. John P. McGovern, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
The 12-Step Programs. The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The story of addiction. Development of the 12-step programs. Notable features of 12-step fellowships. The role of 12-step programs in recovery. Sponsorship. Controversies within the 12-step movement. Building bridges to 12-step fellowships. Institutions That Encounter Addiction: Problems, Solutions, and Recommendations. The family. Health care systems and substance abuse treatment facilities. The criminal justice system. Educational institutions. Religious organizations. The workplace. Recommendations to increase access to 12-step programs. Research Agenda. Published research findings. Research issues for 12-step introductions.