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The Fourth Step - Fearing Our Feelings

Step: 
Step 4

Just for Today - September 25

"We may fear that being in touch with our feelings will trigger an overwhelming chain reaction of pain and panic."

Basic Text, p.29

A common complaint about the Fourth Step is that it makes us painfully conscious of our defects of character. We may be tempted to falter in our program of recovery. Through surrender and acceptance, we can find the resources we need to keep working the steps.

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Drug and alcohol addiction

Step Number: 
Topic: 
The disease of addiction
Question: 
What is it like when I'm obsessed with something? Does my thinking follow a pattern? Describe.

When I am obsessed with something, I can't function normally. I can't listen to other people talking. I can't be productive. 

Yogiart's picture

Drug and alcohol addiction

Step Number: 
Topic: 
The disease of addiction
Question: 
Has my disease been active recently? In what way?

Yes. . . 

Yogiart's picture

Drug and alcohol addiction

Step Number: 
Topic: 
The disease of addiction
Question: 
What does "the disease of addiction" mean to me?
  • Thinking thoughts I do not want to think
  • Doing things I do not want to do that lead to self degradation and unhealthy and purposeless life.

Getting Involved in Service: Good for Me and We

 

starting this journey

I am starting this journey of recovery and really need and want feedback.  I am seeing a councelor for the last 5 months.  Iʻve slipped up 2 times since.  

My entire family knows, including my 3 children.  Itʻs painful and scary.  My councelor keeps telling me that I am moving forward but that i need to surrender to my addiction instead of trying to beat it....iʻm not sure how to surrender and what that really means?  I admit i have a problem and i want to get better.  

What does it mean to surrender to my addiction?

Asking for help in Twelve-step program

Once you start attending Narcotics Anonymous 12 step meeting the next thing you probably want to do is start working the 12 steps. It is not recommended that you do this alone, because this is a "we" program: we can't do it alone. Keep your ear out for someone sharing in your meetings that you can identify with, and like their message. Ask this person to be your sponsor. If they can't, don't take it personally ("It's not all about you") and just keep trying. The right person will be there at the right time. A sponsor will ask you to follow their suggestions.

weight gain...still

so here i am, 6 and half years clean and i am battling my weight...again. having once ballooned up to 314, then gotten down to 233, now, after injury and baumgartner type dive off the healthy food wagon i am at 299. i have to find my way again, out of the obsession of eating. it is "using" in a different sort of way- the drugs are gone but the need to fill a craving remains.

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