Step One of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Relapse is a process. It can be identified and prevented. Understanding our old patterns and the triggers that have led to our past relapses will help us to avoid relapses in the future. In the last exercise for this week, we will focus on describing our current program of recovery.
1. In your own words, define: rationalization and self-justification.
2. Write about each of your relapses in chronological order focusing on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors you experienced leading up to and during your relapse.
3. Describe your recovery program. What do you mean when you say you’re “working your program”? What specific actions do you take every day when working your program?
Listen to the following Speaker Tapes:
Alanon: Mary Pearl 4th tape in Series
The 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 Step One. Please share your experience, strength and hope with us in the Comments sections below.
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.