Drop the Rock Removing Character Defects

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Dec 22nd, 2013

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A fantastic book that is a must-read on character defects and emotional sobriety for anyone working the Steps is

Drop the Rock: Removing Character Defects

Written by Bill P., Todd W. and Sara S., this book is now in it's 2nd edition and I have read it several times over the years as I've gone through the steps with a sponsor.  The book is specifically designed to be picked up and read when a person gets to Steps 6 & 7, as this is the point at which we have identified many of our defects of character and, hopefully are coming to the point of willingness to be rid of them.   As I have progressed further on in my recovery, I see this as much more of a "process" than I used to and see the value of this book and exercise for someone who may no longer be considered a newcomer.  Generally, when we go through the steps for the first time with a sponsor in early sobriety, we do the best we can and take care of the most glaring things at the time.  As the years go by, however, we begin to see just how much those "other" defects are still blocking us and making emotional sobriety difficult at times.  This is where I've found re-working the Steps and spending more time on 6 & 7 to be of great value.

Drop the Rock is laid out in a format that has proven a winner for alcoholics and addicts.  It uses people's alcoholism stories and addiction stories infused throughout the writing to get each point across.  The book is divided between two very long chapters - one for Step 6 and one for Step 7.  It is not a long book but it is packed with information that will surely get you thinking more about these 2 Steps than you probably ever have before.

I don't think that this is the go-to book on emotional sobriety, however, for several reasons.  One, is that if you are struggling with emotional sobriety, the idea that all of your issues lie in character defects and Step 6 & 7 may be folly.  In fact, there may just be some other adjustments to your Program and routine that are in order that will get you back on track in a pretty short time.  Yes, working the Steps is always a must but this book concentrates on just a few of them and emotional sobriety should look at the big picture.

If you are working the Steps and/or struggling with removing character defects, I highly recommend Drop the Rock.  I think that it is a must-read for anyone in recovery.  However, if you want to take a look at emotional sobriety and how to get back on track with your program, perhaps give this more well-rounded book a try as well.

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Author: Bill P.
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A practical guide to letting go of the character defects that get in the way of true and joyful recovery.Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. As Bill P. explains, these are the "rocks" that can sink recovery--or at the least, block further progress. Based on the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories and a reference section.


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