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Old 05-20-2014, 07:43 PM   #8
MajestyJo
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This is the third time I have tried to post. I would suggest that you use the format from AA's Big Book or a 4th Step Guide. The one that I found worked the best for me was Al-Anon's Blueprint to Progress. It was endorsed by a lady in AA with 28 years sober.

I wrote and filled 6 journals my first year, it helped to get order to the chaos of my feelings and helped me to identify them.

A sponsor is good to enlighten your path and guide you to the truth and delete the false sense of guilt, shame, and fear. If you have a lot of fear, go back to Step 3.

A man who got sober (60+ years of sobriety now), became a priest. He said, "Remember this is a one day at a time program. You don't have to write down all the times you stole, lied, and cheated, just acknowledge that you are a lier, cheat, and a thief.

We are not our disease. Our disease takes over, and for me, I lost all my principles, values, and faith and became a fearful being, instead of a spiritual being, trying to live an earthly walk.

For me, once I put the pen to paper, the words came. My sponsor told me after I wrote my first inventory, to go back and find the positive, this is all negative.

Fearless means having faith. Take your God with you. Remember you don't have to do a Step Five right away. That helps take away some of the fear. The priest shared that there should be no time between a Step 3 and a Step 4, but you are allowed time, until you feel safe with sharing with someone. It doesn't have to be your sponsor or a person in the program, it can be a counsellor or a minister or priest. I found it good to share my inventory with more than one person. Talked to the people who could identify with me and understood the disease of alcohol and addiction.

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