Msg # 408 Kill/Sent
Date: 09 Jan 93 20:47:00
From: Victor Filepp
To: Kevin Cosmic
Subj: Rational recovery rules
KC> Hello again. Does anybody here have the "12 Rules" summarizing the
KC> Guidelines to the Rational Recovery program? That is the
KC> AA-type support group for drug abusers that works without the
KC> AA-type religion.
Here are the 13 "More Rational Ideas for Rational Recovery" from appendix B
of "The Small Book" by Jack Trimpey pub. Delacorte Press
1. I admit that I have become chemically dependent, and the consequences
of that dependency are unacceptable.
2. I accept that, in order to get better, I will have to refrain from
any use of alcohol, because any use will very likely lead to more, and
then a return to my previous addiction.
3. I accept that I will likely benefit from som e outside help in
accomplishing this, because I have been unsuccessful in previous
attempts to resist my desire to drink.
4. Although I may have serious personal problems, I stil have the
capacity to learn about myself, new ideas, and how to achieve a
durable and meaningful sobriety.
5. The idea that I need something greater than myself upon which to rely
is only another dependency idea, and dependency os my original
6. I surrender all ideas of perfection, for myself and others, and my
first goal is to learn to accept myself as I am, a fallable, yet very
worthwhile, human being.
7. I place a high value on the principles of rationality, learning,
objectivity, self-forgiveness, and on my own self-interest.
8. Recognizing that others will benefit from a Rational Recovery plan, I
may take these ideas to them, as a way of creating a larger society of
sober, rational people.
9. Recognizing that there is much more to life than a constant struggle
to remain sober, and having gained a reasonable expectation that I
can live a meaningful life without alcohol or drugs, I will gradually
separate myself from my RR group or thearapist, with the
understanding that I may return at any time that I wish.
10. I accept that there are no perfect solutions to life's problems, and
that life is a matter of probability and chance, so therefore I am
willing to take risks to achieve my self-defined goals.
11. Now certain of my inherent worth, I can take th risk of loving, for
loving is far better than being loved.
12. With the passage of time, I find that refraining from mind-altering
drugs is no big thing because they little intrinsic appealto a
physically and mentally healthy person.
13. In addition to addictive substances, I also to give up th ideas of
guilt, blame, and worthlessness as a matter of principle and because
they are inappropriate emotions for adults.
Anyone can make up ideas for Rational Recovery. Make some up yourself!
Rational Recovery isn't written in stone. It is a process of applying reason
to human problems.
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