First published by Hazelden in 1994, the book A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps has helped women overcome the traditional male orientation of Alcoholics Anonymous while embracing the spiritual truths of the Twelve Steps. Today, Stephanie Covington's acclaimed book has evolved into a curriculum of comprehensiveness and clarity.
The client book explores the uniquely female experiences that have shaped who we are and how we approach recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Covington illuminates how each of the Twelve Steps speaks to a woman's experience and offers inspiring stories of real women who have traveled through the Steps.
Designed to be used in conjunction with A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps, the workbook helps deepen and extend the understanding of the lessons taught in the book and brings them to life with simple exercises and journaling activities. It further empowers each woman to take ownership of her recovery by documenting her growth and recovery process in a personally meaningful way. Unlike many interpretations of the Twelve Steps for women, this workbook uses the original Steps language, preserving its spirit and focusing attention on its healing message. Covington guides women to reinterpret the Steps to support their own recovery. "When we look inside ourselves and reframe the original wording in the way that works best for us, then each of us, individually, can discover the meaning for ourselves," she writes. In sections devoted to each of the Twelve Steps, Covington blends narrative, self-assessment questions focused on a feminine definition of terms such as powerlessness and letting go, guided imagery exercises, and other experiential activities.
The new DVD portrays the safe, nurturing, and empowering environment that is essential in order for women and girls to heal from addiction. It begins with an introduction to the program and is followed by Dr. Stephanie Covington leading real women in recovery through discussions and excercises.
The facilitator's guide offers practical guidance to deliver A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps program, which includes a thirteen-session curriculum of experiential exercises. It describes the most effective ways to conduct sessions with clients, including when and how to use the program's book, workbook, and DVD, along with special instructions on how to adapt the content for girls. This powerful guide integrates the most current research and best practices regarding women and recovery. It offers essential background information and describes a program that is based on research and can help women recover from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.