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Fall 2012

“Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery”

Professors Sterling Shumway and Thomas Kimball based their writings on research and clinical work.

by Melanie Hess

Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery

Few addiction books detail the maintenance of long-term recovery, but two Texas Tech professors wrote their recently published book to make it clear that lasting recovery from addiction is possible.

Sterling Shumway and Thomas Kimball, professors with the Texas Tech Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery, released their book, “Six Essentials to Achieve Lasting Recovery” in April 2012.

“The six attributes are important considerations when an addict or family member is attempting to assess their recovery walk,” Shumway said. “These attributes are a new and unique addition to the current recovery literature based on our research and clinical work with addicts in recovery.”

The six essentials they expand upon within the book are hope, healthy coping skills, sense of achievement and accomplishment, capacity for meaningful relationships, unique identity development, and reclamation of agency. Each of these is discussed within the context of the 12-steps and a spiritual connection with God.

More information about the book, published by Hazelden, can be found at http://www.achievelastingrecovery.com.

The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery is committed to achieving six primary goals: quality, long-term recovery for the student population; development of resiliency in recovering students; education about the disease of addiction and effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of its consequences; service within the university, local, state and national communities; creation of a replication model that will allow other institutions to offer similar programs to their students; and research that impacts the way addiction is viewed from an individual, familial and social perspective.



Melanie Hess is a Media Relations Intern for the Office of Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University.

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