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A Daily Tenth Step Puts It All Into Perspective

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 18 October 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Alcohol

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholics and Addicts out there, have you ever been assigned a task by your sponsor and just did not understand the point of it but you did it anyway, just as it was instructed and benefited?

Did it help? Did it illuminate your life? Did it bring you peace? Did it bring you joy? Empower you? Sustain you?

Well, I am not sure about you, but I was able to answer yes to every single one of those questions, based on just one assignment.

My incredibly brilliant and insightful sponsor assigned me the task of completing a daily 10th step.

According to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 10th step is as follows: “Continued to take a personal inventory………..”

Not only does the process of completing a daily 10th step each evening clear my mind of the daily debris I encounter as a result of my interactions with other people, it has revolutionized my life and indirectly put me back in the driver’s seat so to speak.

Suddenly, I feel empowered, as my perception shifts by putting my thoughts and behavior on paper, getting it all out of my head so I can devote my focus entirely to the task at hand, being of service to my fellow human-beings.

Since I have started the process, I often recognize how I could have dealt with a situation better, and I how I will behave differently if I am ever confronted with a similarly situated circumstance.

Also, I get the benefit of also recognizing when I behaved appropriately, which reinforces my confidence, not to mention good behavior.

Furthermore, I get the perspective of another person, my sponsor. He informs me what I need to work on and based on what he reads, he further assigns tasks to build my confidence, develop my character assets, or mitigate my character defects.

For instance, I was faced with a situation in which I was giving a disproportionate amount of energy to one area of my life. Based on my sponsor’s observation, he thought that I needed to do more for myself, to make me happy.

Consequently, in addition to completely a daily 10th step, I was charged with doing three things per day for myself that would bring joy to my life.

I, alone, had no idea that I was neglecting myself. He recognized it and gave me a solution to correct it. As a result, I have experienced more joy in my life I have lightened up, and have even become more productive and efficient.

And, my interpersonal skills have never been better.

Completing a daily 10th step helps the alcoholic and addict to shine a light on his or her thoughts and actions, and gain awareness and insight into themselves, so that they can better co-exist well in the world, without the need to consume drugs and alcohol, not to mention act out or self-sabotage.

If you or someone that you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please call or text now. We can help you.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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