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The Process of Change

Portia Nelson wrote a poem that illustrates the process of change and is used in many 12 Steps groups.

The Stages of Recovery:

Denial
Recognition of the problem - The first step in recovery
Acceptance of the problem
Commitment to change
Action - changing behavior
Challenge to return to destructive behavior
Awareness that positive choice is essential to growth
Helping others

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

From There's A Hole In My Sidewalk
By Portia Nelson

Chapter 1

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5

I walk down another street.


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