Step Four Helped Me to Face My Wild Elephant

Lust corrupted my childhood. I was violated when I was very young—an inappropriate act that distorted my perception of sexuality, reality, and love. For years afterward I went around with an aching, infinite emptiness inside me. I bandaged the pain with a blindfold and contented myself to live in darkness, like someone living down a deep water well. It was only when I was writing out my First Step inventory I came to see the truth of this. These drawings here came to me after reflecting on my recovery journey, based upon the Fourth Step story, “Facing the Wild Elephant” (SA 105-107).

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Angélica Maria, Bogotá, Colombia

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