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Allen Berger, Ph.D.

Learning and Growing from Our Past

Saturday, February 25, 2017,
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So many of are plagued by painful past experiences. Regardless of what happened, we can find ourselves stuck in the past. This creates much sober suffering (a wonderful term coined by Fred Holmquist). We end up reacting the present though it were our past. When we are stuck in the past we can’t deal well with what is going on now. This is what creates our sober suffering.

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Nourishing and Toxic Attitudes in Recovery

Saturday, August 30, 2014,
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Recovery capital is a relatively new concept in the field of recovery.

 

Let’s define this concept.

 

Our recovery capital is determined by the number of external and internal assets that we have which support recovery. External assets are things like having a home group that we attend regularly, or a good connection with our sponsor, or the support of our family, etc.  Legal problems can also be an external asset because they provide a certain level of motivation to change. A few examples of internal assets are our level of commitment to recovery, the degree to which we have accepted our devastating weakness, our attitude towards our problems and our attitude towards ourselves and others.

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12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends: Finding Forgiveness and Self-Respect by Working Steps 8-10

Wednesday, February 19, 2014,
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12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends: Finding Forgiveness and Self-Respect by Working Steps 8-10

Did you know there are hidden rewards to making amends? Without a willingness to experience our painful feelings, we can never grow and mature into the person we'd like to be. We can never reach our potential. We can never become our true-self.

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On Developing a Process Focus in Counseling

Tuesday, February 4, 2014,
Categories: Heal the Healer
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Where we focus is where our energy goes. So we want to ensure that when we are conducting a counseling session we are focusing our attention on the most relevant and potentially helpful issue or issues for our clients. This is critical if we are going to create an experience that offers the most therapeutic benefit to our client.

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The Myth of Resistance

Friday, August 30, 2013,
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Written By: Allen Berger, Ph.D. Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery Date: February 5th, 2009. Topic: Chemical Dependency.

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On Culture and Addiction

Friday, August 30, 2013,
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Written By: Allen Berger, Ph.D. Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery Date: June 4th, 2009. Topic: Addiction Medicine.

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Part II: On Human Development and the False-Self

Friday, August 30, 2013,
Categories: Addiction Medicine
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Written By: Allen Berger, Ph.D. Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery Date: June 25th, 2009. Topic: Addiction Medicine.

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Recovery as an Initiation Rite

Friday, August 30, 2013,
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Written By: Allen Berger, Ph.D. Author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery Date: September 4th, 2009. Topic: Chemical Dependency.

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Bill Wilson’s Fourth Legacy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013,
Categories: Words of Wisdom
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Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob left us three remarkable legacies. Their first legacy was the 12 Steps. The 12 Steps have helped millions of people find freedom from their addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Their second legacy was the 12 Traditions. The 12 Traditions do for the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous what the 12 Steps do for the individual. We can think of the 12 Steps as a design for daily living that promotes emotional wellbeing and peace of mind while the 12 Traditions provide guidelines for the healthy functioning of the AA fellowship as a whole. Their third legacy was the formation and structure of the General Service Office. These three legacies formed the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous as we know it today.  

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Recovery as an Initiation Rite

Friday, September 4, 2009,
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In the two past decade I have studied male initiation rites. In fact I attended a remarkable male initiation performed by Father Richard Rohr in Julian, California. 

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