"With help from our ACA support group, we will slowly release our dysfunctional behaviors." BRB p. 591
Getting support to undergo the very challenging task of doing ACA work happens slowly. We might first hear of an ACA meeting and consider attending it, only to find that the day and time don't quite work for us. Then our schedule changes and we are able to venture into our first meeting, usually filled with apprehension. We might start out looking at the slogans hanging on the walls and just listening to hear if, in fact, we have finally found a place to work through our issues.
As we continue to attend meetings, we might start looking around at the members and begin chatting with them afterwards to see if we can begin to gather more support. When we feel comfortable, we might then become ready to make some inroads in our Step work with a fellow traveler.
As we begin to experience our feelings and our memories return, the empathetic listeners we have gathered around us will encourage us to go forward. They have our backs. We then slowly let go of our dysfunctional behaviors and are released into the functional world.
On this day I will seek out ACA members who will support me as I learn how to practice more purposeful behavior.
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