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Trauma and the 12 Steps--The Workbook

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First off, I had no idea when I requested this ARC that there was an accompanying book written. So I didn't even realize that until I started reading some other reviews.
I am a teacher so finding more ways to support students who have experienced trauma is important, however with the e-book formatting of this ARC it was really difficult to follow along and imagine what the workbook would look like and how things would flow if it was in a regular paper book format. I felt like there were good strategies in there that you could use to handle your trauma in a moment where you cannot get away to deal with it in a better way. however I didn't feel like the strategies were beneficial at helping you get over the trauma and to a better place emotionally.

This was not something I would use in a teaching environment directly, but some of the strategies may be helpful for students.
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The 12 steps saved my life, but I find them to be rigid. I was excited to check out this workbook, and went in blind without having read the accompanying book by the author. 

I think the format of e-ARC is not the best for a workbook, so I think the formatting took away from the content.

I didn't find a lot of helpful ways to deal with trauma while working the 12 steps. The main focus in this book was meditation, which is great, but doesn't solve the issue of trauma. Free writing and art are also tools brought up in each step, but those do not solve trauma either. 

I will not be recommending this book to my fellows in recovery.
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I am a licensed therapist and am still reading this book but so far from what I have read I feel this is a very good approach to addiction recovery and trauma. I believe there are alot of those who find themselves in AA have been victims of trauma of some sort anyway so this would be a great approach to use in recovery. 
I will be buying this book myself and I highly recommend it.
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As a therapist and someone who works with alcohol and drug addiction, this book doesn't give tips I work with - but it may be helpful for someone at the beginning of their journey and gave me some different perspectives.
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As a therapist this wasn't really in line with my particular way of working but there are some good tips within.
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As someone who has personal experience of  trauma, alcohol dependency and 12 Step recovery I found this book brilliant.  I loved the reframing of some of the language used within the 12 steps into a more trauma informed way. I also found the consideration of language used for 'god' or higher power etc. helpful in ensuring that removing power from oneself did not feed into triggering old trauma. These considerations are empowering and supportive of using the steps in a more gentle way to support growth and change. I think this is an invaluable read for anyone who engages in a 12 step programme and has suffered past trauma, which let's be honest would be almost every individual. Thank you for continuing to bring the two together.
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To start they layout of the book in kindle from netgalley was not a good format, thing where bunched together and the seemed to be missing a lot of content, large gaps where more information seemed necessary. As someone who cares about these journaling therapy concepts, I can’t give a valid review, but I will say the concept is valid, and worth looking into more when the book is available in print.
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Although this book mentions and models the 12 step AA for recovery there is more involved in the pages of this workbook.  Someone would have to really want to change/heal to follow these as well as do the written assignments.  I think this would be best as an additional source rather than a primary source  This workbook is a solid place to start on your healing journey if you're currently going through one.   I think it limits its audience with the religious undertones but can be helpful to continue on a journey of recovery/healing.

Thank you to Netgalley, the authors and publisher.
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As a qualified psychotherapist I am always on the look out for new titles that can enhance my work in the therapy room and which I can also recommend to my clients, as they work on their healing journey outside of therapy. Happily, this book fits the bill on both counts. I would have preferred a more non-denominational approach, however the religious undertones did not infringe too much on the message of the book and I still got a lot from it. So much so that I will be purchasing a copy upon its publication to keep in my own therapy room at the practice.
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Rating: 3.5 stars

This workbook is a solid place to start on your healing journey if you're currently going through one. I'll definitely write down my responses to these prompts later on but I'm not the biggest fan of the religious undertone of this book since I'm agnostic.
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In some way, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous can promote black-and-white thinking. It's a series of actions defined by the big book or open to the alcoholic to determine. A big book proponent will take you the former way, but if you are a trauma survivor, you need the latter and a soft and gentle touch. Often growing up in a dysfunctional household with narcissists or addicts is a household led by abusive black-and-white thinking. 

I was very fortunate to have a sponsor in recovery who was in multiple programs and open to guiding me through the steps using various tools, including this workbook. As a result, I could define my childhood trauma, find a qualified medical professional, receive a CPTSD diagnosis, and concurrently receive treatment for addiction and trauma. 

This workbook was life-changing for me, and I have recommended it to sponsees throughout the years. And while I still love to attend 12-step meetings, I stay away from the harmful rhetoric that mimics my childhood dysfunction. I am able to also guide others successfully through a similar process. 

This workbook is a must if you are in recovery and a trauma survivor.
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What a powerful workbook. I appreciate that one starts where they are and then has the opportunity to work through and figure out where to go next. I could see this being used multiple times and over time. Thank you for the opportunity to read this one.
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The cover of this book is very nice I like it a lot and also the table of contents is pretty cool too. I also I also like where they put a like a list of the 12 steps at the beginning of the book for people who don't do the 12 throughout this book there's a lot of activities and meditations and stuff like that which is actually pretty cool. Also there's tons of space to write for the stuff that you're supposed to write about. It has an expression arts option. I like how each of the steps has its own chapter. So step One is chapter one. This is a really good book and I would recommend it for anybody who is going through trauma or has been through trauma has a lot of good information in it.
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This self-help workbook was insightful. It was laid out well and gives the reader opportunities to think deeply about different trauma.
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I am still working through this book, but so far, it's really insightful/helpful. I am in therapy as well, and enjoy having a workbook to work through when I am not in therapy. This is something that I will turn to from time to time, but is not something you read straight through.
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This book is mainly aimed at people who are overcoming addiction or similar. It makes a lot of references to religious practices such as 'spiritual awakenings' and praying to god so if that is not your thing then this one is maybe one to avoid. 

It wasn't i felt like a workbook as such. It was more of a step by step guide to practices and coping strategies that the authors had learnt along the way that helped them rather than a workbook. 
It has a very American vibe to it so as a British reader i don't feel it would be massively beneficial to a fellow British reader. I don't feel that the authors targeted audience was anyone out of the US. 

I can see this possibly being beneficial to someone who is recovering or is suffering from addiction but the title probably needs some looking at as it suggests mainly that its aimed at trauma but its mainly aimed at addiction possibly forking from trauma so maybe Addiction and the 12 steps rather than Trauma and the 12 steps.
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I would like to start this review by saying that the twelve steps saved my life 17 years ago. Since then, I have found it to be less about alcohol and more about the trauma behind all of my compulsions in life. In some ways, I have stepped away from active 12 step recovery, but the steps themselves have been so crucial to my spiritual wellness. The formula of believing in something greater than ourselves and letting that something “steer the ship” continues to save me daily. 
I have often lamented that I didn’t have a clear way to work through the steps focusing just on my past trauma instead of the addictions that were just a symptom of the problem. 
Alas! This book landed in my lap and I am nothing short of thrilled. It’s a phenomenal workbook, holding true to the 12 steps and also incorporating some gentle care around them. For example, it starts with step 0: a self care inventory and continues to provide meditation and grounding exercises to help the reader move through the trauma that is coming up. This extra effort on the authors’ part feels so responsive and tender. It is obvious that there was extensive care put in every word and choice that made this workbook. I am so grateful to the work the authors have done and am certain this workbook will help a lot of people! Let the healing begin!

Thank you netgalley for an advanced copy so I could get an early start on my healing!
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"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater." This workbook, and it's companion book, is an essential read for anyone who has sat in the rooms and felt comfort from the program but sting from its delivery. 

This guide acknowledges that addiction does not exist in a bubble away from trauma and offers choices while working the steps along with necessary information on practices designed to soothe the nervous system. If you are new to the steps, or coming back to them, Dr. Marich and Stephen Dansinger provides a way to have choice through the steps while maintaining fidelity to the program.

If you are a sponsor who finds yourself pausing to translate the Big Book"s language to a new sponsee and who seeks a way to mentor someone through the steps in a compassionate and practical way, "Trauma and the Twelve Steps" provides an opportunity for you to do so with an integrative approach.

For addiction counsellors and therapists,  you can use this workbook as a way to speak a common language with clients who are a part of a 12 step program and integrate its classic approach within a modern setting.
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Trauma and the 12 Steps is one of my favorite books around trauma healing and recovery written by Dr. Jamie Marich. The material is made accessible in language grounded in the 12 steps that honors everyone's individual process as they go about their healing journey. I was really thrilled to learn that Dr. Jamie Marich is releasing the workbook to Trauma and the 12 Steps and couldn't wait to read the arc copy!

Perhaps the greatest aspect of all in this workbook is Dr. Marich's ability to point out barriers trauma survivor's face when trying to implement the 12 steps. For many, particularly those with religious trauma, some of the concepts of spirituality within the steps can make the process difficult to move through, even re-traumatizing for some. What I really enjoy about this workbook are all of the reminders that you can assess where you stand as a reader prior to engaging in the work- that this process of clarifying your own values and opinions on the 12 steps is a vital and necessary part of engagement. 

Dr. Marich writes: "Many trauma survivors have trouble with the concept of God's will because it may be nearly impossible to wrap their understanding around the notion that traumatic experiences they endured were somehow God's will." 

These moments of acknowledging barriers readers face are incredibly healing in and of themselves and help readers on a healing journey to own their own stories and to recreate and re-imagine ways of engaging in healing work while using language that best fits their own needs and experiences. Dr. Marich writes about how important it was for her to reframe her idea of God as a Divine being and not a masculine entity. Language creates meaning and readers are encouraged to reimagine the language of the 12 step journey and engage with it on their terms while seeking out the sources of support and accountability that feel most safe for them. 

At the end of each chapter are expressive arts options for readers to engage in expressive practices that feel most aligned with what they need to move through the material including free writing, poetry writing, dancing, acting things out and more! 

Thank you to the author and publisher for the e-arc copy!
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