Welcome to the Dream Center Alumni Newsletter!
Thank you for being a valued member of the Dream Center for Recovery community! As an Alumni of Dream Center we want to make sure to keep in touch and let you know about the fun and exciting events going on at Dream Center for Recovery!
We invite you to join us for our monthly Alumni Meeting at Dream Center for Recovery Friday June 19, 2015 at 5:30PM at the center. We are excited to annouce our first ever Alumni event which you will find below in the Events section. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can keep improving the Alumni Program please email Alumni Coordinator Sarah Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!
Step of the Month: The 6th Step
The sixth step of Alcoholics Anonymous states: ““We became willing to ask God to help us remove our defects of character.” After cleaning house with the 4th & 5th step, we now come to the step that “separates the men from the boys” as the Big Book states. This is where we truly begin our relationship with our Higher Power and begin taking action.
The 6th Step Prayer:
I am ready for Your help
In removing from me the defects of character
Which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery.
Help me to continue being honest with myself &
Guide me toward spiritual & mental health.
I had just finished making a list and searching fearlessly for my own faults in many situations I originally blamed others for. I immediately followed that by admitting to myself, God, and another human being exactly what I had done wrong in each situation. So what’s next?Now I get to prepare myself to remove these defects of character. Step six is one chapter long in the Big Book. That doesn’t make it any less important– “simple, but not easy.” I am reminded in step six that willingness is indispensable. All I am required to do for step six is become willing to have God remove my defects of character. Simple. The issue lies within myself, my ego. I am warned I may cling to something I don’t want to let go. I am told that I must be willing to let God remove all of my defects– every single one. So when I didn’t want to swallow my pride, when I didn’t want to behave appropriately when it came to sex, when I didn’t want to stop judging other people, what did I do? I prayed. I have developed a relationship with my Higher Power in which I know I can rely upon him absolutely. So I began to pray for willingness to remove the defects my ego held near and dear. In a matter of days situations began to arise which showed me in black and white how these defects negatively affected me and my fellows. When the picture was painted so clearly and my prayers were answered so directly, I saw why I had to change. Today I communicate with my Higher Power. As long as I’m listening the answer will come. And it did: I was willing to have God remove these defects of character, so it was time for me to move on. I was ready.
Henry B. shares his experience:
The 6th step is tremendously important step in my life that I use daily. Once I was able to let god take care of all my character defects, I saw a huge change in my life. when I tried to control these things I would become aggravated and stressed. When God is in my life and I entirely allowed him to control I started to actually have peace at mind. I sit back and just think really how simple life is when I allow him in my life, Today I have I don’t stress nearly as much about huge decisions, I think more clearly With a lot positive thoughts. My greatest character defect was being extremely Intolerant. I started to realize that will be the way they are no matter what I feel or think. Therefore I have to let go and not worry about those who are around me, I can let go and better myself and focus on my life.
– Henry B., Castle Client