The recovery movement and the transformative work of Louise Hay are very compatible. Both can be very beneficial to anyone who has a desire to stop using drugs and alcohol and change their life. However, they do differ in a few fundamental ways.
The recovery movement believes that changing your thinking is important. The transformative work of Louise Hay believes that changing your thinking is also important to someone attempting to alter their life. However, recovery's focus on thinking is implicit while Louise Hay's emphasis on thinking is very explicit.
Another difference involves the recovery movement believing that poor self esteem is a consequence of using drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, the transformative work of Louise Hay believes that poor self esteem is the cause of drug and alcohol addiction.
I believe that both modalities or philosophies need to be used with anyone who has a desire to stop using drugs and alcohol and heal their life. While they can easily be used together and are even complimentary, it is important that they not be thought of as being in competition with each other.
Dr. Harry Henshaw