I once was going to a Twelve Step meeting and an older woman walked in the door before the meeting had started. She asked if anyone knew her daughter Elizabeth, who had been attending the meeting for almost a year. She reported that her daughter had moved to New York and shortly after she relapsed, and had just died of an overdose a few days earlier. She said that when her daughter was living with her and attending the Twelve Step meetings, her daughter reported that the past year was the best year of her life. She said, “I wanted to thank you for giving my daughter happiness back into her life before she passed.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, many of the members embraced her and gave her comfort.
Dell has been working in the field of addictions field for over 35 years and has continued to invest in his 12 Step recovery. Dell and Linda Miller have been working together at various treatment agencies in the field of addictions since 1988. This book was written in first person perspective from Dell M. with assistance from Linda Miller, providing a balance of experience in this resource for both men and women working a Twelve Step program. Dell The stories that are shared in this book are from people in recovery with whom they have had personal involvement.
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