As the Big Book explains it, a personal inventory works much like a business inventory, similar to when a store owner sorts through his or her goods to see which are salable, which are damaged, and which have to be thrown out.
I pray that friends, like Zack, will allow themselves the gift of following her example.
Drug addiction touches every person in the addict's sphere; some in small ways; some in excruciatingly major ways.
It is with this in mind that I share some of the lessons learned by my family as we came to love a friend who, when we met him, was 30 days sober from a heroin addiction. She received a text from Zack at midnight wishing her a Happy Birthday. His job has taken him to several states, and he is making good money.
I know she has learned a lot from time and circumstance.
And, I know that her strength and ability to stand true to her own convictions will bring her much happiness in this life.
When I mentioned to my friend Mark that I was writing this chapter, he said, "Yikes! " He then proceeded to tell me about his own struggles and achievements as he worked on each of these "relationship" Steps.