Seeking Wisdom & Insight
We are seeking the experience and knowledge of others. There are many people around the world who have understanding and visions in this realm – this dimension in which we seek to help others through love and solution and service. Whether called New Thought, Contemplative Spirituality, Twelve Step Recovery, or a religion (of any kind), it makes no difference.
Let us hear from you. Thank you!
I will also be contacting some of my mentors, beginning with: Jerry Moe, Marc Galanter, Edward Khantzian, Mark Schenker, and R. M. Trowbridge Jr.!
National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, Jerry Moe is internationally known as an author, lecturer and trainer on issues for young children from addicted families. He has been developing programs and facilitating groups for children from addicted families since 1978 when he founded The Children’s Place Program in Redwood City, California. He has authored books including: Understanding Addiction and Recovery Through a Child’s Eyes, Kids’ Power: Healing Games for Children of Alcoholics; Conducting Support Groups for Elementary Children; Discovery… Finding the Buried Treasure; Kids’ Power Too: Words to Grow By; and The Children’s Place… At the Heart of Recovery. He is an advisory board member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NaCoA).
Marc Galanter, MD
Galanter is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. He wrote:
AA’s success rests on its ability to establish and maintain abstinence. This basic and essential accomplishment has tended to detract from the fact that AA is successful in good part because it is a sophisticated psychosocial form of treatment that addresses human psychological vulnerabilities that alcoholics and others share related to problems of self-regulation. The “character defects” that AA addresses are related to attitudes about self and others that are embodied in character traits and styles that make interdependence, experience, and expression of feelings and self-care problematical and difficult. AA confronts these “defects” by effectively advocating surrender, acceptance of a Higher Power, and challenging human self-centeredness. In its insistence on openness, support, sharing of experiences, and mutual concerns, AA imaginatively employs group psychology to address vulnerabilities in self-governance and problems in regulating feelings and self-care.
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