Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous

Introduction Bill W.'s Story : An Ethnography of Reading Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like , what happened , and what we are like now . —Alcoholics Anonymous To raise the question of the nature of narrative ...


Author: George H. Jensen

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809323303

Category: Social Science

Page: 163

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When drinkers attend Alcoholics Anonymous and their spouses attend Al- Anon, says Jensen (English, Southwest Missouri State U.), dramatic changes occur that cannot be accounted for simply by the absence of alcohol. He explains how being a member can contribute to the formation of a new identity through the transformative effect of storytelling within its structure. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous

BOB and the Good Oldtimers (New York, N.Y.: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1980), 131. xxxviii Alcoholics Anonymous Comes ofAge, 162. Alcoholics Anonymous Comes ofAge, 166-67. xlAlcoholics Anonymous, 1st ed.


Author: Dick B.

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 9781622872428

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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Pioneer Stories in Alcoholics Anonymous: God's Role in Recovery Confirmed! by Dick B. and Ken B. presents many quotations from the 29 personal stories included in the first edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. Those stories by many of A.A.'s pioneers testify to roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes with "medically-incurable" alcoholics.

Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

The Hazard–Thacher–Wilson chain also offers the first evidence we have of the coming importance of story construction and storytelling in AA. AA's unique storytelling style was described as follows in 1939: “Our stories disclose in a ...


Author: Marc Galanter

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387777252

Category: Medical

Page: 449

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It was once taken for granted that peer-assisted groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous had no “real” value in recovery from addiction. More recently, evidence-based medicine is recognizing a spiritual component in healing—especially when it comes to addiction. The newest edition of Recent Developments in Alcoholism reflects this change by focusing on the 12-step model of recovery as well as mindfulness meditation and other spiritually oriented activity. More than thirty contributors bring together historical background, research findings, and clinical wisdom to analyze the compatibility of professional treatment and nonprofessional support, day-to-day concepts of relapse prevention, the value of community building in recovery, and much more. Among the topics covered: (1) How and why 12-step groups work. (2) The impact of the spiritual on mainstream treatment. (3) The impact of AA on other nonprofessional recovery programs. (4) AA outcomes for special populations. (5) Facilitating involvement in 12-step programs. (6) Methods for measuring religiousness and spirituality in alcohol research. Whether one is referring clients to 12-step programs or seeking to better understand the process, this is a unique resource for clinicians and social workers. Developmental psychologists, too, will find Volume 18—Research on Alcoholics Anonymous and Spirituality in Addiction Recovery a worthy successor to the series.

Alcoholics Anonymous as a Mutual help Movement

As members tell their personal stories , they reinterpret their past as evidence of their alcoholic id Putting together one's autobiography is a key aspect of individual recovery , but storytelling also has important functions for AA as ...


Author: Klaus Mäkelä

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299150046

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Part of an international study of Alcoholics Anonymous, carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

Alcoholics Anonymous in Iceland

Therefore , it may be more appropriate to say that members use and apply the AA program rather than that they convert to AA ( Mäkelä et al . 1996 ) . 4. STORYTELLING Telling one's story is a part of AA activities . When people join AA ...


Author: Hildigunnur Olafsdottir

Publisher: Hildigunnur Ólafsdóttir

ISBN: 997954404X

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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A historical and comparative analysis of the Icelandic AA movement which seeks to explain its particular, and widespread success in Iceland despite formidable obstacles and paradoxical conditions. Not only is anonymity, one of AA's basic organizational principles, impossible in a society as small as Iceland, but the country's strong alcoholism treatment system has required a rethinking of AA's role, a move from being a central dynamic force in getting sober to an interactive supporting force in staying sober. Among the topics discussed in this book are the history, structure and transformation of the movement in Iceland, ad its relations and interactions with other groups, treatment programs and society as a whole.

The Twelve Steps Of Alcoholics Anonymous

Interpreted By The Hazelden Foundation Anonymous ... The listener has probably heard such stories before or experienced them personally. ... Storytelling has become an essential dynamic of A.A.'s ongoing existence.


Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781592858019

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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This book brings together a series of short discussions from various authors who interpret the Twelve Steps. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous form the cornerstone of one of the most effective programs for recovery from alcoholism. The steps have also been successfully adapted for use in the treatment of many other dependencies. This book brings together for the first time a series of short discussions that interpret each of the Twelve Steps--from the admission of individual powerlessness over alcohol that occurs in Step One, to the moral inventory of Step Four and the spiritual awakening of Step Twelve.Each discussion has a separate author, demonstrating the diversity of voices that is at the heart of AA, and each author provides insights that keep the steps fresh and meaningful, whether they've been read once or a hundred times.

Rhetoric Ritual and Recovery

Some women in A.A., however, expressed their need for a separate place--a place to tell the stories they either couldn't or wouldn't tell in A.A ..."--Abstract.


Author: Carol Ann Hawkins


ISBN: OCLC:28478202

Category: Sexism in communication

Page: 338

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Annual Review of Addictions and Offender Counseling Volume III

Alcoholics Anonymous: The story of how many thousands of men and women have recovered from alcoholism (4th ed.). New York, NY: Author. ... Personal stories: Identity acquisition and self-understanding in Alcoholics Anonymous.


Author: Pamela S. Lassiter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532613487

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

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The Annual Review of Addictions and Offender Counseling, Best Practices: Volume III is the third volume in a series of peer-reviewed, edited books sponsored by the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Continuing the mission of the first two volumes, this volume provides a forum for publications addressing a broad array of topics in the field of addictions and offender counseling. Experts in the profession present innovative strategies and recommendations for best practices in drug education, intervention strategies, multicultural considerations, and counselor education.

Integrating Spirituality and Religion Into Counseling

Storytelling in Alcoholics Anonymous: A rhetorical analysis. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Press. Kaskutas, L. A. (2009). Alcoholics Anonymous effectiveness: Faith meets science. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 28, 145–157.


Author: Craig S. Young

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119025986

Category: Psychology

Page: 328

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In this book, experts in the field discuss how spiritual and religious issues can be successfully integrated into counseling in a manner that is respectful of client beliefs and practices. Designed as an introductory text for counselors-in-training and clinicians, it describes the knowledge base and skills necessary to effectively engage clients in an exploration of their spiritual and religious lives to further the therapeutic process. Through an examination of the 2009 ASERVIC Competencies for Addressing Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling and the use of evidence-based tools and techniques, this book will guide you in providing services to clients presenting with these deeply sensitive and personal issues. Numerous strategies for clinical application are offered throughout the book, and new chapters on mindfulness, ritual, 12-step spirituality, prayer, and feminine spirituality enhance application to practice. *Requests for digital versions from the ACA can be found on *To request print copies, please visit the ACA website here. *Reproduction requests for material from books published by ACA should be directed to [email protected]