Wisdom of the Twelve Steps – 1st Step (6 hours)

David W. Earle


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Clients working the twelve steps encounter different struggles when working each individual step. People working the 1st Step have to overcome two basic obstacles. The first problem is “admitting” and the second is “powerlessness.” Admitting is difficult for it forces the client out of denial and addiction is the only illness that tells the sufferer that he/she does not have a disease. The second roadblock is the admission of powerlessness – no one wants to be powerless, yet embracing this concept is an integral part of the 1st Step. This workbook helps clients overcome these two very real reasons for failure.

In addition, it provides counselors the basic tools to understand the necessary components needed for change and presents reasons and opportunities to develop personal recovery goals. The reader learns why their addiction/compulsivity/codependency was really an external solution that does not solve their internal problem. In this workbook, the 1st Step doubts – common in recovery – are listed and it outlines a simple guide to manage worry and anxiety by showing the reader how to think about how they are thinking.


• To increase knowledge about clinical aspects of the 1st Step
• To increase knowledge about professional issues concerning the treatment of addiction
• To provide resources to help counselors assist clients work the 1st Step


David Walton Earle, LPC combines his counseling skills with his twenty-plus-years of executive management experience into a powerful matrix called Business Coaching. Using this technique, Earle assist leaders to increase their leadership effectiveness through people skills. He is also a teacher, trainer, author, counselor, and alternative dispute professional.

Earle earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M and has held executive management positions in various fields including industrial construction, private investment banking, and corporate trouble shooting. He is now the president of the Earle Company, an organization dedicated to change.

As an author:

Self-published six others books: What To Do While You Count To 10, Gilligan’s Notes, Simple Communications for Complicated People, and Love is Not Enough. In addition there are three workbooks entitled The Wisdom of the Twelve Steps a separate book for each of the first three steps. Earle also wrote a three-book self-help poetry trilogy: Professor of Pain, Iron Mask, and Red Roses ‘n Pinstripes.

Future work: Contents of a Small Boy’s Pocket has a target publishing of the 4th quarter of 2016.

Co-authored books on leadership: Leadership-Helping Others Succeed and Extreme Leadership and a coauthored joke book entitled, You Might Need a Therapist if… scheduled for publication in the 1st quarter of 2016.

Earle has been on the panel as a mediator and/or arbitrator for various organizations such as U.S. Federal Court-Middle District, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Financial Industry Regulator Authority (FINRA), and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was on the faculty of the University of Phoenix for over 10 years.

His trademarked motto is My Life Ill Change When I Change™; he enjoys tennis and he lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Penny, and their dog, Fletcher.

Additional information

Dimensions 6 in

CD ROM, Hard Copy, Internet