Step One of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”
This week, we will continue our First Step Work by applying rigorous honesty to the consequences of our using and self-destructive behaviors. The complete instructions for this exercise can be found here. Keep in mind that this exercise has a two hour time limit.
Be prepared to discuss your stepwork with your reading assignment and practice exercises completed at our next Step Workshop meeting.
This week we will listen to following the Speakers Tapes:
AA: Theresa F. on Step 1 in 12 Step Series
Alanon: Mary Pearl 3rd tape in 12 Step Series
AA: Frank M. 3rd tape in 12 Step Series
You might want to hold off on doing your Practice Exercises until you’ve had a chance to listen to the Speaker Tapes. Listening to the speaker tapes first might help you with definitions and in answering your questions. You can always download the speaker tapes to ipods, cd’s, etc., so you can listen to them while you’re traveling, doing housework, working out or whatever.
The 12 Stepworkshop Groups began on January 9, 2011. To start at the beginning of this Stepworkshop series, please go here.
To do ALL the assignments and exercises with complete instructions, you must register and attend our online Stepworkshop. Go here to register.
Everyone from the recovery community is welcome to share their thoughts on the speaker tapes or with working the 12 Steps. Please share your experience, strength and hope with us in the Comments Section below. In accordance with our Traditions, your email address and will not be made public.
Lest we forget:
*Honesty is the spiritual principle we practice in Step One.
**Honesty is the ability to be honest with yourself.
***Perk your ears up and listen closely to First Step concepts and key words during discussions meetings.
****At meetings, share about your experience with the First Step and its core principle honesty.
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