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Release Date: 03/08/2017

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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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A symptom of alcoholism and addiction is an almost complete inability to be present and to stay in the moment. There is a constant stream of thoughts seeking to bring you to the past or into the future. So often, the present is left neglected. Yet, it is in the present where life occurs. So not being in the moment results in missing out on all that is happening around you, now.

When a person finally gets sober, they are often given the daunting task of attempting to stay in the present. They are given a number of valuable suggestions on how to go about doing this, but finding what works for you can take time and effort.

So, How To Be In The Moment?

When I first got sober I found that I really couldn’t meditate well. I would go to meditation meetings and sit there in the silence and sometimes I’d be able to quiet my mind enough, but mostly I sat there thinking about what everyone else was doing. Because of this, I personally had to find other ways to quiet my mind.

I’m going to start with you Matt,
When you heard of the topic for tonight, what came to mind for you?
How did you stay present before program?
How did you learn about the importance of staying in the moment?
How do you do it today?\
Why is it important?
What does being present do for you?
How is this important for your sobriety?
What is the opposite of being in the moment? What results?

Here are some other suggestion, what is your experience?

Exercise/Yoga

Playing or listening to music listening to recovery messages
Your experience?

Writing or creating art

Meditation

Working the Steps

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Bianna
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Alex
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Mike
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What would you say to the new guy?