Heard at an A.A. meeting. “I was on the death train called alcoholism. I wanted to get off, but I didn’t know how.” The Heroic Journey starts with the call …
The Twelve Step Pathway – A Heroic Journey of Recovery
The Twelve Step Pathway – A Heroic Journey of Recovery reframes addiction recovery as a Heroic Journey. Since 1935 the most successful recovery approach to alcoholism has been the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. This book lays out the parameters of the Heroic Journey as described by Joseph Campbell and shows how by following the path of the Twelve Steps one is indeed engaged in a Heroic Journey. Thus, a recovering person can come to understand himself or herself as heroic as opposed to a failure at life, shamed and disgraced. The book develops the spiritual nature of the Twelve Steps and draws on the wisdom of many sources including the Bible, Buddhism, Christian and Jewish writers, and Dr. Carl Jung. Woven into the didactic material are many stories of recovery including that of Bill Wilson, a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. If there is one single personality characteristic that is universally present in addiction, it is low self-esteem. Unless this self-perception is altered to a positive one, relapse is a predictable outcome. Helping alcoholics and promoting recovery has been my life’s work, and I know that this book will inspire people on their journey.