By Stephen Roos
Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this publication appears at all of the Twelve Steps from a tender person's point of view. Concrete course is helping getting better kids make the stairs part of their lives.
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Extra info for A Young Person's Guide To The Twelve Steps
Taking the First Step means not comparing ourselves with anybody. It means asking ourselves honestly if we are powerless over drugs and alcohol, not if someone is more powerless than we are! It means not blaming a parent, a friend, or a teacher for our problems. It means accepting it's the alcohol and other drugs that got us into trouble. It's admitting that getting high doesn't do what it used to. It's saying we can no longer count on booze and drugs to get us "up" and "together" anymore. Page 11 What's manageable and what's unmanageable can be a very confusing question for many of us.
No one in the world could ever feel as all alone or as "different" as we did. But in talking more openly about ourselves, we invite people to talk more openly about themselves too. The more we hear, the more we realize that we aren't so different from other people. They may look very different and their experiences may be very different too. But at the core, people really feel all the same things. As you come to the end, the person with whom you have done your Fifth Step may point out that you mentioned only defects and no assets.
If sobriety were punishment, very few people would try it in the first place, and absolutely no one would stick with it! Remember, the only step we are asked to do perfectly is the First Step. The other steps, the Fourth included, we do as well as we can. As we do them, we learn that our best efforts, as long as we're sober and working the program, are always more than good enough. " While some have chosen to wait a while before moving into the Fourth Step, many do their first Fourth Step within their first months of recovery.