Stillpoint Center

Beyond the 12-Steps: Deep Recovery

Beyond the 12-Steps: Deep Recovery


You’ve devoted yourself to your healing journey, a recovery path that has changed your life.  You’re grateful.

And now, this success brings dilemmas to test your resolve, your commitment to recovery.

This is not your fault.  It’s simply time to deal with underlying patterns that remain.

Whether these concerns are obviously related to your old behavior or things you just weren’t ready to deal with before, you know that if you don’t deal with them, they could lead you back into trouble.

And you don’t want to go there.


Addictions Share Themes —

It is human to habituate. How else would you have ever learned to ride a bike or drive a car, or do anything that involved repeating skills, even brushing your teeth!

Early recovery involves replacing self-destructive habits with life-affirming behaviors. Some of this change involve doing (going to meetings, calling your sponsor) and some involve not doing (not being so helpful, not being around slippery people, places or things).

Some of your new habits are a good thing — getting serious about fitness, for example. Being obsessive about fitness, though, not so much.

Some of your new habits might be a fair trade in the short run. Starting smoking or smoking more, for instance, is a fair trade keeps you from getting another DUI.  Over the long haul, though, many recovering people say that nicotine is the hardest drug to kick.

All addictions, whether the objects of your desire were alcohol or television, gambling or food, heroin or love, share common themes:


  • A shutdown of the senses. This happened whether your addiction of choice was an upper or a downer. Your old habits left you overcharged or undercharged. This numbed your capacity to experience aliveness.



  • A reactive emotional response.  Regardless of situation, your ability to respond in the moment was usually automatic and non-productive. This blocked the development of options.



  • A pattern of negative self-talk. Because addictive behavior left you dissatisfied and unfulfilled, your view of yourself became pressured and shame-based. This prevented hope for a different future.


Most treatment programs, and many self-help programs, focus on a specific substance or activity to which a person is addicted.

However, there is another option.  Addressing the themes shared by all addictions creates possibilities for deeper healing and honors the developmental process of recovery.

Working through the body is an effective approach for supporting this deepening process.


The Body as Source of Healing —

Deep Recovery is an approach to self-knowing that is based on physical experience — so that your body, once a vehicle for self-abuse, can become a source of healing.  Through Deep Recovery you can:


  • Develop an awareness of muscular action patterns.
  • Experience the dynamic interaction between your muscle, mind and meaning.
  • Recognize your individualized response patterns.
  • Learn how to disorganize ways of being that do not serve your future.
  • Practice methods for self-contact and self-management.
  • Awaken to new possibilities for your life.



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