chapter  17
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Using the Twelve Steps for Healing from Sexual Abuse, Addictions, and Compulsive Behaviors

Recovery is not a straight incline leading directly to a desired goal. Recovery does, however, follow a somewhat predictable path. Initially survivors may simply take a look at their childhoods and how they have impacted their current life. As survivors survey the painful emotional issues from their childhoods, a sense of loss and grief is felt for what could have been but never was. Many survivors will relapse at this point. Trying to look at an issue as painful as sexual abuse and know that the past can never be changed is enough for some survivors to say that they don't even want to begin to deal with the abuse.