By Carver Brown, Pine Grove Alumni Services
Step 4 is where we hunt down the green dragon. If we are to believe as it says in the Big Book “that “our liquor was but a symptom” (page 64) then battling addiction is facing the wrong monster. No wonder my best efforts to control or eradicate addiction were fruitless. I was facing the wrong problem.
In the fourth step we begin a new journey to discover the truth about ourselves. This is done by putting pen to paper and keeping the mantra flowing of nothing mattering except thoroughness and honesty. If you begin like me it starts with a blank page and a nervous twitch.
We write about our resentments, our fears and our harms done to others. Every stroke of the pen moves us further down the path to come to the great green dragon of our very own character defects. We stand before him fully revealed without the fog of addiction obscuring the truth. Our inventory becomes the sword we use to strike in the Fifth Step.
Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is known as one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses. For over thirty years Pine Grove has offered a continuum of services ranging from outpatient to inpatient and residential treatment for adults, children and adolescents suffering from psychiatric and addictive diseases. Specialized services include the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, and professionals struggling with interpersonal difficulties. The Pine Grove Mission is to be a leader in healing and changing lives by providing the highest quality behavioral health services.
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