Tonight, Joe, Spencer, Russ, and Mark share their experience strength and hope regarding Inventory. They discuss steps 4 and 10.
Materials Referenced During This Episode
Joe and Charlie 4th Step Worksheet
4th Step Analyzer
The Annotated Big Book Handbook
Our Recovery Library (each purchase helps the show)
Joe's initial reaction to step 4 as a new comer was that he didn't want to do a 4th step. Joe was told if he didn't do a 4th, he would likely pick up a 5th. After a little time, Joe decided he wanted a better recovery life, so his sponsor encouraged him to continue working the steps, especially steps 4 and 5 which required writing an inventory.
Spencer, an al-anon, initially thought that the steps were for his loved one who had the drink problem, not him. But after a little bit of time in the fellowship, Spencer wanted what others had. They seemed to be happy. So he decided to do what they had done, an inventory.
Russ shared that he also didn't want to do an inventory when he first came into the program. But he was told that he would likely drink if he didn't do an inventory, so he decided to work the steps. Russ found that after step 3 he was ready to launch into a rigorous course of action which included an inventory. The downside of not doing an inventory for an AA is relapse. Spencer shared that the downside for an Al-anon in not doing steps 4 and 5 is to be stuck in the program doing and redoing steps 1 through 3.
The process of inventory allows us to look at our faults and grow.
Step 10, the daily inventory, was also discussed by all.
Labels: 12 steps, addiction, alanon, alcoholic, fellowship, inventory, recovery, sober, step 5