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Power in Recovery

Power in Recovery

It's nice to have this laid out clearly - a look at what are the major differences in “power” across professional and peer support contexts from Bill White. I often find myself trying to summarize these points to people who are looking for help and I hope I am able to convey that peer support can offer considerably more power and freedom than that found in the professional service relationship. Bill's list shows several ways that peer support groups allow us to undertake a fairly open exploration of who they are and what they can offer - and remember they also advise us to "take what we want and leave the rest" : ) Twelve-Step members control the pace of emotional intimacy through their choice of meeting styles, meeting frequency, degree of socializing outside of meetings, and choice to have or not have a sponsorship relationship and with whom. In the professional context, the service professional prescribes the frequency and intensity of contact. Twelve-Step programs are accessible around the clock, including evenings, weekends, and holidays—something unheard of in the professional context. Twelve-Step programs are geographically accessible even when traveling the world;...

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