repost: recovery and the wounded healer

This is an awesome post from robertifs at process not an event that cuts straight to the heart of recovery in AA. Yes, there is a defined role for the credentialed therapist and I’ll be the first to attest to their absolute value and benefit. At the same time, there is a time and place for said therapy while there is a time and place for strategic relationship of the wounded healer that can only come around the tables of AA and NA (or any similar step agenda).

Process Not An Event


By their wounds, we are healed.  We often speak of the ‘wounded healer’, the person who is able to be an instrument of healing because of her own wounded and the way in which those wounds have been used.  In my experience, many of those who have endured great pain and have transcended its damaging effects have a remarkable power to draw others to them when they are in need of strength and consolation. – Kenneth Leech, We Preach Christ Crucified, p. 25.

The Twelfth Step of AA goes “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and practice these principles in all our affairs.”  I realize discussing this very simple statement could consume many, many blog posts.  A quick rewrite for me goes – “Through the process of recovery, I live in a world of gratitude, solutions and…

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