The Flip Side of The Other Laundry List

1) We face and resolve our fear of people and our dread of isolation and stop intimidating
others with our power and position.
2) We realize the sanctuary we have built to protect the frightened and injured child within
has become a prison and we become willing to risk moving out of isolation.
3) With our renewed sense of self-worth and self-esteem we realize it is no longer necessary
to protect ourselves by intimidating others with contempt, ridicule and anger.
4) We accept and comfort the isolated and hurt inner child we have abandoned and disavowed
and thereby end the need to act out our fears of enmeshment and abandonment with other
5) Because we are whole and complete we no longer try to control others through manipulation
and force and bind them to us with fear in order to avoid feeling isolated and alone.
6) Through our in-depth inventory we discover our true identity as capable, worthwhile people.
By asking to have our shortcomings removed we are freed from the burden of inferiority and
7) We support and encourage others in their efforts to be assertive.
8) We uncover, acknowledge and express our childhood fears and withdraw from emotional
9) We have compassion for anyone who is trapped in the “drama triangle” and is desperately
searching for a way out of insanity.
10) We accept we were traumatized in childhood and lost the ability to feel. Using the 12 Steps
as a program of recovery we regain the ability to feel and remember and become whole
human beings who are happy, joyous and free.
11) In accepting we were powerless as children to “save” our family we are able to release our
self-hate and to stop punishing ourselves and others for not being enough.
12) By accepting and reuniting with the inner child we are no longer threatened by intimacy,
by the fear of being engulfed or made invisible.
13) By acknowledging the reality of family dysfunction we no longer have to act as if nothing
were wrong or keep denying that we are still unconsciously reacting to childhood harm
and injury.
14) We stop denying and do something about our post-traumatic dependency on substances,
people, places and things to distort and avoid reality