Many of us, especially in longterm recovery, take advantage of what we euphemistically call, "outside help". We take seriously Bill W's comment that we should seek the assistance of doctors, psychiatrists and counselors. And, if we are doing the steps again in later recovery we often have to deal with family issues, past abuse, other addictions--more subtle ones like work and TV and technology and for me, worry. So we go to therapy and we share names with each other--and we need different kinds of therapists at different times in our process.
Here's an article in today's New York Times by Harriet Brown that talks about some of the flaws and fallacies in how we choose therapists and what research shows about what kinds of therapy are most effective.
Take a look: