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Maintain Sobriety With A Daily Tenth Step

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Tuesday, 27 November 2012. Posted in Ten Step

November 27, 2012

Alcoholics and addicts out there perhaps you have experienced the situation in which other individuals wish to indoctrinate you with their brand of experience, strength and hope, or if you will, unsolicited advice.

The problem occurs for me when the person, usually a fellow alcoholic or addict from the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous not only provides unsolicited advice, but expects me to follow it and admonishes me when I disagree or choose to not accept it.

Generally, I encounter other fellow addicts or alcoholics that inevitably ask me how I am doing. My default answer, and often true, is “I cannot complain.”

Of course the controlling alcoholic or addict that I am speaking with responds with “oh you can complain, you choose not to”, and there it begins…...

Due to the fact that they insist that I have a problem that they insist on remedying, I might share some minor challenge, often to just appease them. Before I know it I am listening to a diatribe, often about inapplicable principles from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

My part is that I should not be so impressionable.

In fact, I should stand firm with, “I cannot complain.”

Perhaps due to the way that I grew up, when I encounter dissidence I often go with the flow out of fear of being admonished, or the possibility of encountering confrontation.

The fact remains that I have to trust that I can handle confrontation and surrender to the fear, knowing that my higher power will be there with me every step of the way.

God, divorce me from acquiescing, appeasing, and running away from what I can otherwise handle with your assistance.

I am capable of hearing others points of view and then subsequently independently and autonomously making up my own mind. And, should I tire from hearing another’s explanation I am can be courageous enough to interject and say so.

Please weigh in on this tenth step and let us know what you think.

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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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