12-Step Guide for Men
Looking to lift the barriers to recovery that are experienced by many men, Dan Griffin has written
A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps as a guide to a deeper understanding of 12-Step recovery. Published by Hazelden Publishing, the book blends Griffin’s own recovery experiences with interviews of other men in recovery to illustrate the negative masculine scripts that often pose obstacles to a richer life of sobriety.
Areas addressed in the book include difficulty admitting powerlessness, letting go of resentment, and overcoming barriers to meaningful relationships. The paperback is available for $14.95. For more information, visit
Courses on Confidentiality
At a time when concerns about suggested changes to federal confidentiality standards have gained the attention of addiction treatment professionals, the Legal Action Center is offering two online courses discussing both the 42 CFR Part 2 regulations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Introduction to Confidentiality and Advanced Confidentiality are self-paced courses designed to help treatment professionals understand how their programs can follow both HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 provisions. Also, the courses delve into issues surrounding subpoenas for client records.
The introductory course is generally geared to front-line staff, while the advanced course is generally designed for senior staff in charge of implementing agencies’ compliance policies. For more information, visit
Science Course for Recovery Advocates
Faces & Voices of Recovery has created a six-hour training video to assist recovery advocates in educating others about the realities of addiction and recovery. “The Science of Addiction & Recovery” includes tips on the optimal strategies for presenting science information, a PowerPoint presentation to help individuals become trainers in their communities, and an “other tips” document of training information.
The DVD was made available in consultation with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). For more information, visit
www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org and go to the trainings section under “About Us.”
Video on Disease Concept
“Pleasure Unwoven” is a new DVD that uses the majestic backdrop of Utah’s state and national parks in discussing the concept of addiction as a disease. Furnished by The Institute for Addiction Study and written by Kevin McCauley, the video essay explores the arguments for and against addiction as a disease, and uses the landscape of the parks to describe the areas of the brain that are involved in addiction. The video translates intricate neuroscientific concepts into simple images that are intended to deliver the message that recovery is possible. “Pleasure Unwoven” is available at an introductory price of $29.95. For more information, visit