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Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this booklet seems at all of the Twelve Steps from a tender person's point of view. Concrete path is helping improving kids make the stairs part of their lives.
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It's quite possible that there's no basic personality difference between alcoholics and anyone else. But it does seem that, no matter what our age, we tend to be one very, very sensitive bunch. As a group, we seem to be overly concerned, sometimes even obsessed, with finding fault and fixing blame. Page 16 Even before the evidence is in, even before we know something's gone wrong, we're the folks who seem to know for sure that we're going to get blamed for it. And most of the time, whether we admit it or not, we think we should be blamed for it.
You can push the button and get off at higher and higher floors. But to do that, we have to start looking at ourselves. We have to stop pointing to others as the "real" alcoholics and see if we are ready for the First Step. All alcoholics and other addicts need courage for that. But the teenage alcoholic or other addict needs a little extra willingness to be honest. After all, as we get older and fall lower and lower, there just aren't as many other people to point our fingers at! Yes, young people do flunk out of school, get in trouble with the law, become depressed, and sometimes kill themselves.
At the suggestion of her sponsor, she decided to put the memory aside until she could handle it. A year later when she was a lot more comfortable with herself, she came back to it. She was able to deal with it in a highly positive, non-self-abusive manner that she wasn't up to the first time around! Take a breath. Look over your inventory. Is there anything you'd like to add? If so, write it down. If not, why not put down the pen. Over the next day or so, you may want to add a few things, but basically, you've just finished your first Fourth Step.
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