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Release Date: 02/22/2017

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We have taken the very difficult moral inventory and admitted to our wrongdoings to ourselves, our higher power and to another human being. It’s now time to remove those wrongdoings from our everyday lives and we need help to ensure that we completely remove our shortcomings and don’t continue to fall victim to any of addiction’s ill effects.

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The sixth step can bring about significant and very noticeable change when it comes to the thought patterns and behavior that have been with us for a long time. It doesn’t happen overnight obviously, and there is nothing like perfection when working the twelve steps of AA. It’s about making a commitment and being content with patient improvement.

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Step Four has prepared you for step five, and by finding the courage to overcome that fear of rejection or the shame of your inventory, you experience honesty on a deeper level than in your first step of admission, and you break the pattern of denial that often plagues those suffering with alcoholism.

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While working on our step inventories we get a new perspective on the bigger picture, on patterns, selfishness, our responsibility in situations and in this process we are building up an accurate self-appraisal with true self-worth as the reward.

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When working on step three we take a look at how acting on self-will means behaving with the exclusion of any consideration for others, focusing only on what we want and ignoring the needs and feelings of others. While we were busy pursuing these impulses, we mostly left a path of destruction behind us, and we definitely lost touch with our conscience and a Higher Power.

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This is the beginning of the end, in a way. You will end your old life and begin your fresh one, committed to faith – faith in whatever you choose.

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The first step in 12 step recovery programs involves more than just admitting that there is a problem. It means breaking through the denial that has kept the person locked in their misery. The individual has to accept that they have been beaten by their addiction. The exact wording of this step is:

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If people feel that their life has no meaning and purpose they will find it impossible to build a successful life in recovery. During their years of addiction the focus would have been on obtaining and using their drug of choice. It is therefore vital that they replace this hole in their life with something new. The more meaning that people find in recovery the less likely it will be that they will relapse.

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Relapse is not uncommon. Some people find it difficult to overcome their addictive behaviors for the long term. Once clean, the addict can easily fall back into old practices and habits. Recovery requires commitment, discipline and a network of support. The old adage “it takes a village” is clearly demonstrated in recovery. But those of us who have relapsed, coming back into the village of recovery can be difficult.

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Humans are obviously not perfect; everyone will have their flaws and weaknesses. It is only when these imperfections lead to suffering that there is a real cause for concern. Most people will have many minor character defects, and a few major ones. It will be these major flaws that will cause them the most problems in life.

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Typically in the United States of America, when someone talks of love, the discussion is focused on romantic love. But in the Greek language, there are many more words to express this complicated emotion.

We hear around the fellowship someone say, “I love this program.” Tonight, we explore the many different ways we love this program and how we express that love.

The Greek language distinguishes at least four different ways as to how the word love is used. The four distinct words for love are: agápe, éros, (feelia) philía, and storgē (store-gae[).

Let’s talk about these 4 ways of expressing love as it relates to our recovery program.

First up, agape, or in english
Or, Simply, the love of God and all of creation.

How do you “agape” your higher power? How do you express this?
(Think of prayer, worship, giving time and money to organizations)

A traditional expression of agape is to care for the less unfortunate,
even if you do not know them.

Do you express this?
(think of the new guy, think of 12-step calls, think of service work)
What about being grateful is this a form of love expression?
How do you express gratitude?

Next up, Eros, or romantic love

Éros (ἔρως érōs) means "love, mostly of the sexual passion."[6]

Plato refined his own definition:
Although eros is initially felt for a person,
with contemplation
it becomes an appreciation of the
beauty within that person,
or can even become appreciation of
beauty itself.

How does this romantic love apply in program?
Maybe dating in fellowship
Finding a mate in fellowship
Maybe, not at all

What about Plato’s understanding that Eros is a deeper love,
like the love of the beauty in something.

Think of the expression “I love this program”.
“I love the big book”

Now, (feelia) Philia (φιλία philía) or something like Brotherly love

Philia means "affectionate regard, friendship," usually "between equals."[8] It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle.[9]

Think of loyalty to friends (specifically, "brotherly love"),
family, and
love between family, between friends
requires virtue, equality, and familiarity.

How does this apply in your program?
How do you express Philia?

Lastly, Storge storgē) which means "love, affection" and "especially of parents and children"

It's the commonly known as natural empathy, like that felt by parents for offspring.

How does this apply to you?
Think of sponsor or sponsee?

How did the program help you “Storge” your own family of origin?

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On this Valentine’s Day, what would you say to the new guy about love?

Final Thoughts?