Pathways of Recovery: New Life for the Diminished Person is an expert guide to overcoming the hurts of our self-limiting past & to finding serenity & self-care that empowers us to live our lives to the fullest. It is a self-help book which the codependent person can use personally or in a support group. The language is clear & accessible & the tone is encouraging & affirming. Pathways of Recovery is for the codependent & addictive individual, or for what this book calls the diminished person. Growing up in modern society with unhealthy families, communities, schools, & churches has a dehumanizing effect upon individuals. They emerge from these dysfunctional systems into adulthood with self-limiting & destructive ways of feeling, thinking, & behaving. Further, the professional who works with codependent & addicted persons & who is looking for useful tools to enhance that practice will find Pathways of Recovery to be helpful. The book contains practical methods for helping individuals understand specifically how experiences of the past have molded their present feelings & behaviors. It offers concrete suggestions for understanding the past, dealing with feelings, changing unhealthy thoughts & actions, overcoming fear, using anger for constructive purposes, discovering positive qualities & inner strengths, learning more healthy coping mechanisms, differentiating shame & guilt, establishing boundaries, & taking control of one's own life. The book consists of 26 exercises that give the individual insight into the past.Kitchens, James A. is the author of 'Pathways of Recovery: New Life for the Diminished Person' with ISBN 9780962446917 and ISBN 0962446912.