DRA Step Ten
"Continued to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admitted it, while continuing to recognize our progress in dual recovery."
10:- “Continued to take personal inventory and when wrong promptly admitted it, while continuing to recognize our progress in dual recovery.”
IN OUR OWN WORDS:
Members share their thoughts on the Tenth Step
I know I’m not perfect. Having Step Ten as part of my daily Program of recovery keeps me from letting things build up. I’ve learned it’s easier, in the long run, to make quick simple amends as soon as they are due. At work, people now say I’m a caring, thoughtful, polite kind of guy. That feels a whole lot better than what they used to call me.
Becoming self-aware is what Step Ten is to me. It’s like, I never use to see the good things I did or give myself any credit. In just the same way, I never use to understand why I’d piss people off. Sometimes I did, but on the small things, I usually didn’t even notice. This new lifestyle takes constant practice. It’s not all that natural feeling to me yet, but it’s getting easier all the time.
The biggest thing I have a problem with is watching out for my old negative self-talk. Step Ten gives me an opportunity to do some of my affirmations to help correct it.
The first thing I ask myself is if I’ve followed the three suggestions for dual recovery:
- Today, I will be free of alcohol and other intoxicating drugs.
- Today, I will follow a healthy plan to manage my emotional or psychiatric illness.
- Today, I will practice the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability.
I do that in the morning and again in the evening. It sounds sort of simplistic maybe, but it keeps me from forgetting my recovery goals.
Part of continuing to take a personal inventory is monitoring my symptoms. I keep a mood log which my psychiatrist gave me. It really helps me to see little changes so we can deal with them before they turn into a major flare-up. I also journal a lot. I write down the events of the day, how I felt about them, what I did to solve problems, and things I may want to discuss with my sponsor or therapist later.
I do my Tenth and Eleventh Steps every evening. It’s become almost a ritual. I sit and close my eyes with the TV and everything off and go over the events of the day in my mind. I ask myself if there were things I could have done differently. Did I ruffle anyone’s feathers or forget to say a simple thank you. I also review any situations where I got upset. How did I handle that? In any case, I want to make sure I’m leaving yesterday behind me. If I owe anyone a thank you or an apology, I jot it down on a post-it note and put it on my mirror. That way I’ll see it first thing in the morning and be sure to remember to set things right the very next day.
For a long time, I kept my Fourth Step journal near my bed. I had my Assets and Liabilities listed out and I could get a sense of how I was changing and what areas may need a little more effort. One thing I’m practising now is trying to notice more and acknowledge the areas where I am growing and doing better. I know it’s mostly God’s doings but I can pat myself on the back for doing my part.
I use the phone a lot. I call my sponsor almost every day and I have a list of DRA friends both online and by phone, I keep in touch with every day. It really helps to bounce things off these people and listen to what’s going on in their lives. I trust them to give me honest feedback and not just tell me what they think I want to hear.
Step Ten is about making a habit of putting out life’s little fires before they get too big.