16-Step Women's Discovery and Empowerment Group (ongoing)

Based on Dr Charlotte Kasl's 16-Step Recovery program ("Many Roads, One Journey").  Open to all women looking for empowerment and healing.  Held Tuesdays; 7 - 8pm in Upper Level, facilitated by Madelon Wise.  This is an ongoing group and drop-ins are welcome every week.  This group is presented on a Love Offering basis.

From Dr Kasl's website:


16-Steps for Discovery and Empowerment          

The 16-step empowerment model is a wholistic approach to overcoming addiction that views people in their wholeness– mind, body and spirit. A fundamental basis of this model is flexibility and an openness which leads to continually ask:

What works? 
Who does it work for?
How can we help it work better?  

It encourages people to be continually open to new information and not to become trapped in dogmatic teachings.  At its core, this model is based on love not fear; internal control not external authoritarianism; affirmation not deflation; and trust in the ability of people to find their own healing path when given education, support, hope and choices.  

In the 16-step model, addiction is as a complex web of social factors, physical, pre-disposition and personal history.  This empowerment model encourages individuals to develop their own internal belief system based on their perceptions and experiences.  It is fluid and open to change as the person evolves.  It believes that a major task of healing from addiction is to validate the underlying, positive survival goals for safety, connection, pleasure, love and power.  Then to find non-addictive and positive ways to meet those needs. It is also crucial to create a healthy physical balance to prevent cravings.

The 16-step model addresses issues of cultural diversity and internalized oppression stemming from sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia.  In this model, the concept of “codependency” is understood as a form of internalized oppression, rather than an addiction to security, in a cultural context as well as an individual problem.  In surveys sent to both male and female members of 16-step groups asking for responses, respondents most often listed: improving self-esteem; helping them believe in their own wisdom; giving them permission to be creative; expressing and validating their personal beliefs and feelings; and helping to be more courageous as being the positive effects of a 16-step group.