“The premise of this intelligently written title is bound to cause some controversy. Recommended for popular psychology, self-help and recovery collections” – The Library Journal
“Offers strategies that can help people struggling with addictions develop the skills and abilities they need to make clear, effective choices about their own lives – with or without the continuing support of a formal recovery group.” – Yoga Journal
“A therapist’s prescription for avoiding addiction to a recovery group.” – New Age Journal
“Hope of freedom, self-confidence and completion to people in self-help or 12-step recovery programs who have been told they will never be fully recovered.” – American Bookseller
“A manual for those in self-help programs” – Publisher’s Weekly
Despite the millions who've found relief from addictive and compulsive habits through 12-step programs, these same programs' insistence that members always keep coming back unwittingly fosters attitudes that can undermine the foundations of a successful, healthy life.
The Real 13th Step: Discovering Confidence, Self-Reliance, and Independence Beyond the 12-Step Programs refutes the bedrock recovery principle that some people are just born with addictive personalities. Instead, therapist Tina Tessina identifies the underlying cause of addiction as learned dependency, and teaches readers how to develop the three central skills of true independence: risk-taking, problem-solving, and coping with failure. Her book then offers practical advice about applying these principles in every aspect of life: relationships, work, decision-making, and managing the continuing temptations of addiction. Readers will learn how they can take control of their own lives and remain free of the fear of relapse or setback in their recovery.
If you are a successful member of a recovery program and feel you've benefited enormously from it, but are also beginning to sense that your progress toward functioning independently in the outside world may be hindered by the program itself, then the time has come for you to Read The Real 13th Step and graduate from your dependence on the group's help.
This is the last recovery book you will ever need.
Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. , is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in southern California since 1978, and the author of 13 books in 17 languages. In her private practice, she counsels both individuals and couples. She earned both her BA and MA at The Lindenwood Colleges, St. Charles, MO, (1977) and her PhD at Pacific Western University, Los Angeles (1987). She is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a Certified MFT Training Therapist. She has written for and been quoted by Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, WebMD.com, TimeOnline.com and many other national publications. She has written for and been quoted by Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, WebMD.com, TimeOnline.com and many other national publications.
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