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Session 7 – self and mutual help groups


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The video for this presentation is available on our Youtube channel: A continuing education course for this presentation can be found at

This powerpoint is part of AllCEU's Addiction Counselor Training Series. This presentation focuses on the different types of self and mutual help groups including SMART recovery, 12-Step Programs, Celebrate Recovery and Rational Recovery.

Each week we provide 8 hours of face-to-face continuing education and precertification training to LPCs, LADCs, and those wishing to become addiction counselors. Many states allow precertification to be done via online learning as well. We are approved education providers by NAADAC #599 and NBCC #6261

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Session 7 – self and mutual help groups

  1. 1. Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, NCC Executive Director,
  2. 2.  Examine some of the most common self-help organizations  Compare and contrast their benefits and drawbacks  Identify cultural or personal variables that may make one group or approach preferable to another
  3. 3.  Overview Video  12 Steps  12 Spiritual Principles  In the Rooms Step One: Honesty Step Two: Hope Step Three: Faith Step Four: Courage Step Five: Integrity Step Six: Willingness Step Seven: Humility Step Eight: Self-discipline Step Nine: Love for others Step Ten: Perseverance Step Eleven: Spiritual Awareness Step Twelve: Service
  4. 4.  Overview of SMART  4 Principles ◦ Build and Maintain Motivation ◦ Deal with Urges ◦ Manage Feelings, Thoughts and Behaviors ◦ Live a Balanced Life  In person and online meetings (about 1800 available)  Uses motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral approaches to assist people
  5. 5.  Overview  Eight Principles based on the Beatitudes ◦ Realize I’m not God ◦ Earnestly believe that God exists and He has the power to help me recover. ◦ Choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. ◦ Examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. ◦ Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. ◦ Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness and make amends ◦ Reserve a time with God for self-examination, ◦ Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others  Generally follows the 12-Steps adding scripture references  Only accessible in a face-to-face setting (20,000 churches)
  6. 6.  28 Bullets for My Beast  Changes the language, giving the Addictive Voice (AV) the pronoun “it”  Somewhat Freudian—The Beast reminds me of the ID  “Scientific knowledge of health and medicine, including physical anatomy, brain structures, neurochemistry, genetics, family history, dysfunctional families, various kinds of psychology or psychotherapy, religious beliefs or the absence of them, and psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, and other mental health problems are irrelevant to addiction recovery.”
  7. 7.  SAMHSA Grant: Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network  FY 2013 Targeted Capacity Expansion-Peer- to-Peer Recovery Support Services  Peer Recovery Networks  Peer Recovery Support White Paper
  8. 8.  Peer recovery programs are an economically viable adjunct to traditional therapy ◦ Sustained recovery by “giving back” ◦ Normalization by being with others who have “been there”  There are a variety of options from secular to Christian.