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Title: Solution Based Recovery is a support group that uses the 12 Step philosophy of recovery in a specific way.
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Solution Based Recovery is a support group that uses the 12 Step philosophy of recovery in a specific way. The discovery of the common so...
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Solution Based Recovery is a support group that uses the 12 Step philosophy of recovery in a specific way. The discovery of the common solution. The understanding of the common addictive problem. The definition of the standard problem. The method of coming to believe that a power greater than ourselves will restore us to sanity. Our experience is that most of our problems and behaviours result from normal instinctive drives being carried to insane extremes.
Solution Focused means that we focus on the "common solution", instead of our problems and behaviours.
In the Big Book, on page 17, "The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution. We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action. This is the great news this book carries to those who suffer from alcoholism as well as from other problems and behaviours."
On page 29, they go on to say that, "Further on [in the Big Book], clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered." On page 58, they also say that, "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path."
In other words, we focus on the common solution, by "thoroughly" following their "clear-cut directions" to work all Twelve Steps of our program of recovery.
For example, eating, drinking, taking an everyday risk, feeling a normal range of emotions, etc. are natural, essential behaviours. When someone becomes an overeater, alcoholic, gambler, or depressed, etc. these normal drives are taken to insane extremes. They eat large amounts of food, drink large amounts of alcohol, bet large amounts of money, or feel suicidal.

These insane physical and mental extremes not only hurt us but hurt others as well. However, as it says in the Big Book on page 64, "We have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically."

This tells us that our problems and behaviours, whether mental or physical, are the symptoms of a spiritual illness—a sort of spiritual insanity.

To sum up, our common problem is a spiritual malady that causes normal instinctive drives to go to insane extremes. This results in all of our various symptoms—our various problems and behaviours.

The intent of this form of support is to help you receive the promise of the Second Step and come "to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
We do this by thoroughly following the pathfinders of Alcoholic Anonymous and their source material. We work all Twelve Steps using the pathfinders original "clear-cut directions" from the Big Book.
The original Twelfth Step says that you will have "a spiritual experience as the result of this course of action." This spiritual experience will heal your spiritual malady.
As the Big Book, on page 84 promises, once you work the Twelve Steps, your "sanity will have returned." You will begin to "react sanely and normally" in the same "situations which used to baffle" you. The insane extremes of your problems and behaviours will be "removed."

Having our sanity restored and concentrating on the solution is very different from the abstinence or sobriety that is often the goal in other 12 step programs.
In the Big Book, the pathfinders describe the difference this way, "And you have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol. For by this time your sanity will have returned. You will seldom be interested in liquor. If tempted, you will recoil from it as you would from a hot flame. You will react sanely and normally. You will find this has happened automatically. You will see that your new attitude toward liquor has been given you without any thought or effort on your part. It just comes! That is the miracle of it. You are not fighting it, neither are you avoiding temptation. You feel as though you had been placed in a position of neutrality. You feel safe and protected. You have not even sworn off. Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for you. You are neither cocky nor are you afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition."
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