The Twelve Step Pathway: A Heroic Journey of Recovery

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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5.6 X 8.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Michael Cowl Gordon, MD, opened the first detox program in Madison, WI, under the decriminalization of alcoholism statute in 1972. He became Medical Director of the Anderson Alcoholic Rehabilitation Hospital in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1974, and later joined the Center for Psychiatry and the staff of the Brawner Psychiatric Institute in Atlanta. Gordon is now semi-retired but remains in practice as the Medical Director of the Berman Center, an Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospital Program. From 2006-2018, he was a speaker for Reckitt-Benckiser, a company that manufactures drugs for the treatment of opioid use disorder. He is a member of International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Gordon has been interviewed by many media outlets, including CNN, and quoted in numerous articles on various topics relating to addiction. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.

Michael Cowl Gordon, a specialist in addiction medicine, with extensive personal experience in recovery, offers a captivating book that combines clinical insight with the power of the 12-step program. Through a collection of individual stories, Gordon beautifully demonstrates how individuals struggling with addiction can embark on a transformative journey of recovery. By utilizing the metaphor of the hero's journey, he convincingly explains why the 12-step program holds the key to overcoming addiction.

This book is not only beneficial for clinicians seeking to understand the potential of the program but also provides a vivid portrayal of the strength and nuance within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for those in recovery. Gordon skillfully interweaves literature, clinical expertise, and spirituality, creating an engaging read that offers profound insights into addiction and recovery from both the clinician and patient perspectives.

As an addiction physician in recovery myself, I highly recommend this book The Twelve Step Pathway: A Heroic Journey for its unwavering integrity, expansive literary scope, profound philosophical insights, and invaluable practical tips.

This book presents a welcome, highly useful contribution to the struggle for recovery from addiction which is presently blighting the entire world to a staggering degree. The author possesses not only a profound comprehension of the nature of addiction, but also years of clinical experience in helping thousands to recover. Modern society owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Gordon for his decades of labor in the field of recovery from addiction, crowned appropriately by the publication of this much-needed volume.