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Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Wednesday, 14 November 2012. Posted in Ten Step

November 14, 2012

    1. I have this Alcoholic acquaintance who could otherwise be a friend if it were not for his personal dental hygiene. I do not consider personal hygiene optional.

    In fact, he is otherwise quite intelligent, kind, open-minded, and has a great personality.

    Although, I often find myself cringing when I speak to him, breathing far less than I otherwise would, and even feeling that Alcoholic/Addict resentment regarding his obliviousness or lack of awareness as to how his lack of personal hygiene impacts my sensitivities, not to mention sensibilities.

    I suppose my part is that I am superficial, controlling, and intolerant. It is none of my business whether or not he adequately brushes his teeth or whether he has halitosis.

    Also, my part is that I have this expectation that he should have the same dental hygiene standards that I have.

    I have two options: tolerate it because he has other redeeming qualities, or move on, diplomatically.

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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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