Suggestions: 1) Take what works and leave the rest. 2) Listen for similarities rather than differences. 3) Listen for experience, strength or hope.


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If you work it, it works!

I don’t typically make book recommendations here. Today is an exception. If you are interested in the scientific research about the effectiveness of 12 step recovery, I highly recommend If you work it. It Works!: The Science Behind 12 Step Recovery by Joseph Nowinski [Hazelden, 2015]. Nowinski was one of the primary designers of the TSF (Twelve Step Facilitation) track in Project Match — a very large study of the effectiveness of different interventions with alcoholics. The book is intended for readers who are unfamiliar with research methods or statistics so it is quite readable. It provides an overview of the current state of scientific research about program effectiveness. [Read more…]