Positive Path Recovery 

A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Treating Addiction

 As Gary Blanchard worked with clients who had substance abuse problems, he realized that, while the 12-Step approach helped many people, there were some who did not respond to the program. Gary also recognized  that there was a need for an alternative treatment approach that was compatible with the Twelve Steps. His clinical practice and study led him to develop Positive Path Recovery. This is a cognitive behavioral approach based on eight principles of recovery.

 Eight Common Tasks of

Positive Path Recovery

  1.  Admit that the substance has taken control and commit to a path of recovery.
  2. Redefine and rebuild the sense of self. (The true self)
  3. Take responsibility and accept forgiveness for past actions.
  4. Lear to identify and express feelings.
  5. Improve communication with others.
  6. Restore connection with significant people and make connection with others who can support recovery.
  7. Identify barriers to recovery and plan to overcome them.
  8. Let go!

For more information on Positive Path Recovery, go to the Contact Us page.


Gary's book, How to Build and Maintaining Recovery, is a guide to addiction recovery based on his Positive Path Recovery approach. To order the book, go to:

https://tsw.createspace.com/title/4668509