What Do We Learn By Taking A Personal Inventory?


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When we are in recovery from an addiction, during and after an alcohol rehab stay, we learn many things. According to Chapter 5 of the Big Book, it states “We have begun to learn tolerance, patience and good will toward all men, even our enemies, for we look on them as sick people…” This is just one of the many things we can see as we work on recovery from an addiction. If you are in recovery, you will realize the great empowerment you feel by taking your own personal inventory. Yes, there are a range of different feelings, emotions, and thoughts you may have during this process, but ultimately, you are going to feel a huge weight lifted off from your shoulders when you get through it the first time.


Learning tolerance is one of the best things about taking a personal inventory. Everyone in this world could stand to have a bit more tolerance of others and of this world in general. There are things that irritate everyone. The problem is that for recovering addicts, for those who have gotten through an alcohol rehabilitation program, they need to be even more tolerant of the things around them. They need to make sure they don’t let everything get under their skin. There are going to be people and things that irritate you. When that happens, your tolerance level is going to help you stay sober or it is going to break you down.


Patience is another skill that most people could benefit from improving upon. When you have more patience in your recovery from an addiction, you have a higher chance of staying sober. Lack of patience can mean more irritability, frustration, and stress. It is best to practice building upon your patience earlier on in your recovery. Most addicts want instant gratification. If you carry this want into your recovery, there is a much higher chance that you will relapse.

Good Will

What does good will even mean? It can have many different meanings. However, Chapter 5 of the Big Book, as you saw above, mentions that you shall have good will, even toward your enemies. You should want everyone to have good things in their life. This includes you, your family, your neighbors, and yes, even your enemies. Wishing bad things upon people isn’t going to help you in your recovery. It isn’t going to help you recover. In fact, that is one reason why people say that forgiveness has so much power. It gives you are lighter feeling and that is what good will can give you as well.

Are you in recovery from an addiction? If so, you are going to find that tolerance, patience, and good will help you more than you may realize. These things are going to help you learn, grow, heal, and recover from the addiction. If you haven’t started a program in one of the alcohol treatment centers yet, do so right away. The sooner you learn these three things, the better off you will be.

Call 888-992-7955 to get enrolled into an one of the alcohol treatment centers today, so you can start taking your own personal inventory.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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