A Gentle Path through the Twelve Principles by Patrick J. Carnes
Living the Values Behind the Steps

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Twelve Steps. Twelve Traditions. And yes, Twelve Principles. The Steps outline the actions that lead to extraordinary healing. The Traditions exist as guides to the functioning of the Fellowship. Embedded in both is a series of Principles by which to measure your progress.

Anyone who lives a Twelve Step way of life will recognize the principles passed on in A Gentle Path through the Twelve Principles. They have existed among fellowships as a hidden curriculum of fundamental truths about recovery for decades, but never before have they been distilled into a succinct set of values that, when practiced, help each of us to develop an essential skill set for life. The principles--such universal touchstones for human self-realization as acceptance, awareness, responsibility, openness, honesty, courage, commitment, and meaning--are concepts that enable a deep inner study and focus to make a new life happen in recovery.

Recovery means reengineering your life with a focus on renewal. The Twelve Principles are designed to help you get there.

About Patrick J. Carnes

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Patrick Carnes, who has been called the nation's leading professional expert on sexual addiction, is a nationally known speaker. He received his Ph.D. in education and counseling from the University of Minnesota. His first book, Out of The Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction was originally published in December, 1983, as The Sexual Addict, but had to be retitled because of the stigma associated with the designation. Subsequent works include Don't Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction (1991), A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps (1993), 27 Tasks For Changing Compulsive, Out-of-Control, And Inappropriate Sexual Behavior: Therapist's Guide (1994), and Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred and The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships (1997). A leading researcher who is frequently cited by other specialists, Carnes was a founding board member of the National Council on Sex Addiction and has served on the National Advisory Board of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in Addictive Disorders. He created an inpatient program for sexual dependency at Golden Valley Health Center in Minneapolis, was executive director of new programs for sexual addiction and trauma treatment at Del Am Hospital in Torrance, California, and has consulted with academic, social service, military and criminal justice organizations. Carnes lives in Minnesota.
Published June 12, 2012 by Hazelden. 280 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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