Step One – “Bill Story” pg 2-5
Words: maelstrom, alloy, forge, lunacy, remonstrance, sumptuous, infidelity, carom
1. Go to the website and poke around, become familiar with your website. Sign up for email notification of new postings. Or listen to the recordings in iTunes.
2. Look up the Oxford Group. (our roots)
3. Look up “Stepping Stones” Bedford, NY. the home of Bill and Lois.
4. Own your beginnings, take what has been said about Bill and zoom back to before you were an addict. How can you relate this to you? Then bring it all the way up to when you became a lone wolf in your addiction.
5. Did you make any geographic cures?
6. Were you jittery? Write about this period of your life.
7. What is the acronym for “ego”?
8. Write on what is the status of your recovery today?
9. Is there any doubt in your mind that you have control over your addiction? Is there any area of your life that you are still trying to keep control of? Write on control, Is there any good use for control?
10. Take Bill’s story from the top of page one to the top of page 5 and underline everywhere that Bill talks about his feelings. Then write on whether you felt the same or still feel the same way as Bill felt. Practice identifying with Bill’s feelings, so that you can identify with a speaker’s feelings, instead of comparing your story with their story.
1. In reading and studying, “The Doctor’s Opinion” what did your learn about your disease?
2. Is your quiet time in place?
3. Is your action plan around your addiction in place?
4. Are you doing the level of work in the Big Book step study workshop that you want to be doing?
5. Have you defined what your sobriety is? (alcohol, drugs, sobriety around the food, cluttering?)
6. Do you have a foundation to do the rest of this work?
7. What are your boundaries around your sobriety?
8. What are your boundaries around what you are going to do in this Big Book Step Study Workshop?
9. Do you have accountability around these pieces of your recovery?
10. Do you have people that you can be 100 % honest with?
11. If you’re not feeling like your foundation is strong and sturdy, how are you going to change it?
12. Can you relate to this sentence? “I was very lonely and again turned to alcohol.” (pg 1, last sentence of paragraph one)
13. Write on the slogan, “HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.”
14. Is there any thing in your life that you are having an “ominous warning-which you are failing to heed?”
15. Are you willing to bring God into this area where you are having an “ominous warning”?
16. How are you doing in thanking your high power, for the good things and for the things that you are not happy about?
17. Did you make excuses for your addiction to others and yourself?
18. Think about it…”If you’re are talking about the problem, you can’t possibly be talking about the solution.”
Step 1-“The Doctor’s Opinion”. pg 6-8(xxx-xxxii)
manifestation, allergy, distinct, entity, precipitates, seething, pathological, mental, deterioration, moral, psychology, scoff, earnestly.
1. How can you go to your step one fellowship and identify with speakers that have different stories than you?
2. What type were you when you were in your active addiction? Were you a psychopath, unwilling, manic-depressive type, normal?
3. What is the one symptom we have in common?
4. how is singleness of purpose describe as a distinct entity when I pick up a substance that I am allergic to?
5. why do we need to use the acronym “think” to be sober? (Is it…True, honest, integrity, necessary, and kind?)
6. What is the solution? What is the plan outlined in this book?
Step 1- pgs 5-6(xxix-xxx) “The Doctor’s Opinion”
Words: phenomenon, psychopath, manic-depressive
1. Write how you would explain to a new-comer or a long-timer how once they pick up they cannot overcome the craving with them trying to control it by them self.
1a. Write out a blow-by-blow experience that you can share with a new comer.
2. Do you take the phenomenon of craving seriously? How can you take the phenomenon of craving seriously in your own life?
3. Write about the difference between make a resolution and making a decision. Give an example in your own life of when you made a resolution but not a decision. Conversely, write about when you made a decision, and how that was different and how you acted differently, and what you used from you outside and your inside to really live to that decision.
4. How are you doing on your quiet time, are you where you want to be with your quiet time? Share what you are doing in your quiet time.
5. Do you believe that the decision they are talking about is to make God the most important relationship in your life?
6. Find something in your life that you are not willing to do, and start praying to be willing to do just that, and write on it. Own it so you can share it.
Soul Work Questions:
1) Read pages 84-88. Make copy and laminate or protect. Keep with always have to read in a pinch; when most needed.
2) How many of you are in a place where you see others doing their addictive behaviors( eating , drinking, controlling) that you know you cannot do, and are still resentful?
Does it set up a desire emotionally or an obsession?
3) What is the difference between obsession and compulsion?
3 a.) How would you explain the difference between a mental obsession and physical craving to a newcomer?
4) Write about how the 4 P’s (pray, plan, prepare, protect) in succession help so you never have to succumb to the desire to binge?
5) How do you describe psychic change?
6) You can choose to write on the Rules
(Doc Opinion, paragraph 2) or look up any words you like.
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