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Addiction Is the Symptom

Heal the Cause and Prevent Relapse with 12 Steps That Really Work

By Rosemary Ellsworth Brown, PhD

Format: (eBook)
ISBN 13: 9780990820826
Publisher: Algorithm Books
Publication Date: 05/05/2015

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9780990820802
LCCN: 2014916712
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Number of Pages: 172
Publisher: Algorithm Books
Publication Date: 05/05/2015

In Addiction Is the Symptom, Dr. Rosemary Ellsworth Brown offers a deeper approach to the 12 Steps by digging beyond our addictions--our symptoms--to heal the real problem: emotional dependency. It worked for Dr. Brown herself, and it's been working for her clients and sponsees for 30 years. 

Do you have 20 minutes a day to change your life? At the heart of this new approach is Step Four. Precise instructions eliminate trial and error--and self-judgment. Here is a way to get yourself out from under the conditioning that is fueling your addictive behaviors. 

We're all addicted. It's about more than substance abuse. It's about control issues that affect our everyday lives and relationships. 

Transformation is possible. Wherever you live on the addiction spectrum, healing emotional dependency means becoming powerful in your own right and reaching your full potential. 

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Dr. Rosemary Ellsworth Brown is a psychologist. She graduated from Smith College as an Ada Comstock Scholar in 1989 and completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at Union Institute in 1993. Her academic research focused on relapse, in particular on why AA and its myriad Twelve Step offshoots proved ineffective for the majority of their members.

Dr. Brown's research has been not only academic and professional in nature, but also personal. She attended her first AA meeting in 1968, stayed sober for a year, and then experienced a tragic two-year relapse. She returned to the program determined to understand and solve the problem of relapse and devoted the rest of her professional life, and much of her personal life, to doing so.

She has been using her modified step method to heal the cause of addictive behavior and prevent relapse among her clients and sponsees for upwards of 30 years.


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