A Young Person's Guide To The Twelve Steps by Stephen Roos

By Stephen Roos

Brisk, insightful, and compassionate, this publication seems to be at all of 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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You already know that they're in your corner and know just where you are coming from. As you start, you know that whatever anxiety you may feel is more about breaking your vow of secrecy than about any reservations you might have about them! "I was worried about what my sponsor would think when she found out I'd gotten Page 42 pregnant my first year in junior high," Ellie says. "My voice was shaking when I told her. When she started to cry a little, I got really worried until she explained she felt so bad for the pain and shame I'd been through.

Denial, however, is an uphill business. The more you deny feelings, the harder it gets. Denial, however, is an uphill business. The more you deny feelings, the harder it gets. That's why alcohol and drugs seemed like the answer to our prayers. They seemed to take all the ''work" out of ignoring our problems and hiding from our feelings. Did they make us feel more peaceful? More comfortable? More capable? Didn't booze and drugs make us feel good the first time? The second? The third? For some of us, didn't they seem to be the best fun we had going?

I still had my license, but I'd been in a car accident and I was really frightened about driving, especially at night. My sponsor asked if I'd try the Third Step to overcome my fear of driving. So I did, but the first time was scary and I only drove three blocks. Next time I drove a couple of miles and in a couple of weeks I was fine. That's how I've done the Third Step since then. Little by little. " Anyone who thinks faith is blind hasn't heard how recovering people develop their own spirituality.

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