(week 63) 14 March 2013 Big Book Step Study Workshop
AA 12 x 12 Step One page 23 from beginning of last paragraph:
‘It was obviously necessary to raise the bottom the rest of us had hit….’
until the end of the step on page 24:
‘We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.’
underline: ‘It was then discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again.
look up: habit, addiction, control, practical, convinced, conviction, merciless.
Q1. When does a habit change into an addiction?
Q2. (23:2) ‘Perhaps you’re not an alcoholic after all. Why don’t you try some more controlled drinking bearing in mind meanwhile what we have told you about alcoholism?’
a) Write about this in general.
b) Have you in recovery tried some controlled drinking with your substance?
c) Have you helped a sponsee try some controlled drinking?
d) Investigate this from a couple of points of view – your own and helping somebody else. You may have some prejudice and be very controversial about this. Write about and own it.
a) Who wishes to rigorously honest and tolerant?Do you?
b) Who wants to confess his faults to another and make restitution for harm done? Do you?
c) Who cares anything about a higher Power, let alone meditation and prayer? Do you? Are you spending time with a higher Power? Are you doing meditation and prayer?
d) Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry AA’s message to the next sufferer? Are you doing this? Do you want to?
e) Are you doing these things because you want to or because you want to stay alive? There comes a time when there is a switch. Where you are in that?
(24:2) Under the lash of alcoholism, we are driven to AA, and there we discover the fatal nature of our situation.
a) Have you discovered the lash of your particular addiction?
b) Are you absolutely sure you are addicted to everything you say you are addicted to?
(24:2) Then, and only then, do we become as open-minded to conviction and as willing to listen as the dying can be.
a) Are you willing to listen like a dying person?
b) Are you willing to listen to your brother and sister in your step one fellowship who may be dying?
(24:2) We stand ready to do anything which will lift the merciless obsession from us.
a) Are you ready to do anything?
b) Are you willing?
c) Are you willing to help others to do this?
Q7. Read Tradition One, beginning page 129.
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