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Grapevine : August 2011
aagrapevine.org Any alcoholic work- ing the program can tell you that resentments and guilt can lead us right back to the drink. Learning to give ourselves over to God and clear away the wreckage from our past is the solution. e problem, we learn, is not alcohol; it is us. Over the years, I have completed a number of Fourth Step inventories and each time one name appeared repeatedly, caus- ing flare-ups of anger and resentment, propelling me back to a time when I felt insecure and alone. en I noticed a recur- ring pattern at the speaker meetings I was attend- ing. Each AA member's story seemed to have the primary message of forgiveness. One member spoke about making amends to her father who did awful things to her. Another ex- Unforgiven Sweeping aside fear and resentments are vital in Step Eight Steps