Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

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 is an extension of Forrest General Hospital, located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Grove’s world renowned programs focus on treating gender specific chemical addiction including a specialized track for co-occurring eating disorders. Additionally, Pine Grove offers a focused substance abuse healing program for adults age 55 and over. Other Pine Grove specialty programs include a dedicated professional’s treatment curriculum and a comprehensive evaluation center. Pine Grove also features a program for patients with sexual and intimacy disorder issues. Pine Grove was established in 1984 and has provided nationally and internationally recognized health care for over 30 years.

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