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Reddit reviews: The best twelve-step programs books

We found 3 Reddit comments discussing the best twelve-step programs books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 1 product and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Twelve-Step Programs:

u/alividlife · 2 pointsr/OpiatesRecovery

Yea, I just got home. I'm bored, mini rants incoming.

When I first heard of The Four Agreements, I was in detox back in 09 or something. And this tweaker chick kept going manic. She'd be happy/sad/angry/empty... just over and over. She was throwing chairs, and freaking out, but she kept telling me to read that book. So I had to, because she had excellent chair throwing skills. It was a great read, ... very very interesting take on spirituality but it is pretty applicable. It's a feel good philosophy warrior book thing.

The Power of Now. I had what AA would call a "spiritual awakening" and it really wasn't much like a burning bush, but A LOT like this guy talks about in this book. When I was about to kill myself with a teener of dope, I had this very very strange experience where I couldn't identify with myself anymore. .. "Who is this person that wants to die so badly?... Who am I?" It really changed things. The power of now was the most powerful thing I've read.

The New Earth is pretty interesting. I have to disagree with some points, because traditionally, you can't really get rid of the ego. The ego is necessary to survive. But it's interesting. It's worth a read, especially someone stuck in a facility with only their remorse and addiction to keep them company.

I personally LOVE Gabor Mate. This guy deals with the most tragic cases of addiction in Vancouver, and he's a neurologist and he has some pretty good insights on addiction. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. It's partly where I came up with my flair.

Rational Recovery was another I would suggest. It's a lot like those Allen Carr Easy Way to Quit Smoking. But the basic idea is disassociation from the "Addictive Voice". That it's not ME that wants to get high, but my addiction. That shit rocked my world when I learned it, and I immediately integrated it into my first step in Narcotics Anonymous.
EDIT, Rational Recovery, and Jack Trimpey are VERY AGAINST 12 step ideology. He HATES IT, and he hates the God idea. I get that, but I cannot and will not deny the therapeautic value of one addict helping another. Nothing compares. Even Bill W. in AA wrote about it in his memoirs and grapevines and the Big Book. "When all other measures failed, work with another alcoholic saved the day."

Tao de Ching really helped me. Although it may be missattributed, the whole "Living in the Past is living in depression, living in the future is living in anger and fear, living in the now is living in peace."

So, as you can see, I really like the "now" concept, but it's helped me stay clean and be happy about it. Non-fiction would probably be great too. But these are very spiritual new agey ideas.

This reminds me, I need to read The Spirituality of Imperfection.

THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS THOUGH:

I highly recommend the NA Basic Text, and I love the Step Working Guide.

u/JillybeanTX · 2 pointsr/REDDITORSINRECOVERY

NA Step Guide

Buy the book and start working the steps privately. It might help you sort through some of the 'stuff' that keeps you struggling.

THEN maybe you can find a trusted person (even from another town) to share your work with.

At a minimum it might help you feel proactive and that you are doing SOMETHING!

Also - some professions have closed private groups to assist with privacy and anonymity concerns. Nurses are one of them. I have known several people in medical professions that needed greater anonymity to protect their jobs and public exposure.

Good luck and hugs!

u/deedeethecat · 1 pointr/stopdrinking

Interesting! I Googled the book that you mentioned and found this. https://www.amazon.ca/Narcotics-Step-Working-Guides/dp/1557763704

It looks really similar to the one that I have. Maybe it's time to pull it out again!