“The Joy of Recovery” by Michael McGee MD

The Joy of Recovery: The New 12-Step Guide to Recovery from AddictionThe Joy of Recovery: The New 12-Step Guide to Recovery from Addiction by Michael McGee MD
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If the title didn’t give it away, this book is about recovery from addiction. The author has designed this book to be a practical “how-to” guide to recovery. Using the focus of Being, Seeing, and Doing, McGee uses his clinical recovering process as the structure of this text: the 12 Touchstones of Recovery. The reader is introduced to the power of addiction and then walked through the twelve steps of recovery, each one its own chapter. At the end the author includes hope and a “promise” of recovery as well as an assessment to take and resources available to the reader.

The authors writes like a doctor (which he is): verbose, explanatory, and sometimes overwhelming. That can be a good thing – with a topic such as addiction, detailed treatment is necessary. His Touchstones are a great concept to refer to, which recalls step programs such as AA. Despite the complex nature of the book and the meandering voice of the author, the book contains essential information and even approaches spirituality from a neutral ground, something quite challenging to do. Overall, this book can be an excellence means of deliverance for many, despite my own dislike of the author’s voice in the material.

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