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|06-05-2011, 03:09 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
Time to do your steps !
Hello my friend.. I would like to ask a very general question that means alot to me.. It's not a poll but you may answer like so if you like. I would like to know how long you were sober before you did your first step.
I have noticed that in different parts of the world and the country I live in people do thing's different. Thats why I'm curious.
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|06-05-2011, 03:42 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2010
For me, my first step was done while drinking. Drinking is what proved me, convinced me, that I was real alcoholic and trying unsuccessfully to not take that first drink proved to me that I was beyond human aid.
My experience is that the first step is not done in a worksheet or pamphlet, it is not to be intellectualized, but rather experienced. And, if I am not sure that I am a real alcoholic, not sure that I have lost the power of choice in regards to alcohol, then the book is very specific: Try some controlled drinking, try it more than once.
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|06-05-2011, 07:33 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2003
I did my first 2 steps before I came back to AA when I was drinking,bu my sponsor had us go over them anyway...so we did
Between page 1 and Page 164
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|06-06-2011, 09:00 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern Virginia
That's what has been suggested. I know days when I do "upon awakening" make 10th step during the day more fruitful and fun and when I review in the evening then meditate, I'm less uptight, less irritable, less discontent.
The stuff I HAVE to do. Becomes stuff I GET to do and I have a sense that I'm safe, protected, and in line with the 12th Step of "practicing these principles" in my life in the home, the workplace and the meetings I go to.
Days I don't are usually run by Mr. Self Pity, Mr. Pride (Why I gotta do that ?) and Mr. Big Shot. Those days pretty much blow up in my face and suck.
|11-16-2011, 09:37 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
With a sponsor? Days 14 + 15 were spent 1-12...again at 4 months, third time at 6 months to learn the process so I can help another person...
Someday everything will all make sense.
For now, laugh at confusion, smile through tears,
& remind yourself that everything happens for a reason.
All Big Book quotes are from the first edition.
Linked with the permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
|11-25-2011, 11:03 AM||#12 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: santa rosa CA
Blog Entries: 7
Fear of doing the steps
I have been clean now for 8 months. It took me this long to finish my first step. Now I am on the second. I think fear is what is keeping me from getting through the steps a little quicker. Fear of the fourth step.
|11-27-2011, 06:08 AM||#13 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Coventry, RI
To go through the steps thoroughly takes a lot of willingness. I was sober for 1 year and in relationship problems and a sponsor took me thru the 12 & 12...then sober at 3 years in relationship pain again, another sponsor took me thru the 12 & 12...then at year 8 I crashed very very badly and got the Willingness to find a big book step study sponsor and we finally did the whole thing thoroughly...my whole life has changed, nothing will ever be the same again. You don't have to wait like I did...today we know the Program of Recovery is in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous...depending on our Willingness God will put the meetings and sponsor in our lives we need.
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|01-11-2012, 11:53 PM||#14 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Bay Area, Ca
Blog Entries: 1
With a sponsor, it was about a month into my sobriety, in my heart, I took the first step in the ICU two days after my last drink.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
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