I completed my fourth step shortly after discovering Al-anon and beginning to attend meetings. Thanks to my higher power, I had managed to work my first three steps while I was in college. I don’t remember a lot about my fourth step inventory, but I do remember that I used the book Blueprint for Progress. I did not work the step with a sponsor. I had found a sponsor shortly after joining, but she was also on Step Four, so when I realized I was also on Step Four….that was basically the beginning of the end of that sponsorship. I ended up navigating Blueprint for Progress alone, and then confiding my results in a long time member of one of my home groups (I had one regular home group and one that had a focus on adult children).
Although I try to do regular inventories, I have not redone my step four inventory since then. Unfortunately, I do not have my Blueprint for Progress book any longer. When I left my alcoholic and dysfunctional family, it was one of the things left behind. At this point in time, I cannot afford another book, but perhaps at some point in time this is something that I need to do. At the very least, it is something that I need to look into.