Saturday, April 7, 2007

Passages Through Recovery: An Action Plan for Preventing Relapse

By Terence Gorski

Reviewed by Diane J..

"Passages Through Recovery", on the other hand, is billed as a guide to Gorski's "Developmental Model of Recovery." It was originally a Hazelden publication, and the superior editorial input shows--this is a much smoother text than "Staying Sober". It is also a much more "generic recovery" type book, with sections devoted to working the 12 steps, co-dependency, and family of origin emotional issues (also the Hazelden touch, possibly).
In this work, Gorski divides recovery into six developmental stages: Transition, Stabilization, Early, Middle, and Late Recovery, and Maintenance (outlined first by Stephanie Brown in Treating the Alcoholic: A Developmental Model of Recovery (John Wiley, 1985). The "stage chapters" contain general comments by Gorski on each stage of recovery, exercises, and inspirational thoughts.

There are some useful things here, including an interesting exercise on the "Addictive Voice" (no credit given here either, unfortunately) and some thoughts on the challenges of maintenance. On the whole , though, I think the reviewer for the "Jerusalem Times" who called the book "a melange of trivia" was pretty fair.

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