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By Stephen Roos

Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this ebook seems at all the Twelve Steps from a tender person's standpoint. Concrete path is helping recuperating youth make the stairs part of their lives.

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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. You're likely to remind him or her that Step Five calls for "the exact nature of Page 47 our wrongs" only. You'll be right (on a technicality), but don't ignore the point. Being sober means remembering our assets too. For most of us, that takes discipline, even vigilance. But it's what keeps us sober and makes our lives richer and happier.

That can sound off-the-wall when we consider how easy it is for family, friends, teachers, and sometimes even the justice system to tell us we have a drinking and using problem. Time and time again society has tried to encourage, even force, alcoholics into sobriety. They even tried to make laws against it with Prohibition after World War I! But no matter what measures are taken, nothing will help us until we diagnose ourselves as Page 5 alcoholics, admitting that we are powerless over alcohol and that alcohol has made our lives unmanageable.

Feeling pain as we do, we can be sure that we'll get through itand soberly too. Pain hurtseven in sobriety. But in a very real way, it also strengthens us. We learn. We grow. As we come to understand that we were never supposed to do it alone, we accept ourselves as we areand love ourselves better. We've asked for help and we've received it. Every time it happens, our faith grows too. Page 30 Step 4 Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. You won't have to go to many Twelve Step meetings before you hear AAs fretting and sometimes even groaning about the Fourth Step.

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