(62) 7 March 2013 Big Book Workshop
12 x 12 Step One page 23 beginning of first paragraph: ‘It is a tremendous satisfaction to record that in the following years this changed.’ until four lines from bottom of page: ‘To the doubters we could say, Perhaps you’re not an alcoholic after all.’
look up: hopelessness, trend, scarcely, potential, magnanimous, fatal progression
Q1. Part of the Big Book Step Study meeting format states, if you’re talking about the problem, you can’t possibly be talking about the solution. Write on this.
Q2. Stephanie’s statement: People come into their step 1 fellowship in physiologically and emotional different stages. Some people are more physiologically and emotionally addicted to their substances than others. Their recovery is different if they choose a recovery without the Big Book. If they choose a recovery with the Big Book everybody’s recovery depending upon what type of alcoholic they are is the same.
a) Do you agree with this?
b) Do you have experience with this?
c) What difference does this make to you personally?
d) What difference does this make in sponsoring others?
Q3 It was obviously necessary to raise the bottom the rest of us had hit to the point where it would hit them. (AA 12&12 page 23 first sentence of second full paragraph)
a) When you came into your step one recovery did you feel that you had hit bottom physiologically and emotionally in your disease? If you feel that you weren’t at your bottom, then was your step one fellowship willing to help you raise your bottom?
b) Are you willing to raise the bottom for somebody who walks through the door today?
Q4 By going back in our own drinking histories, we could show that years before we realized it we were out of control, that our drinking even then was no mere habit, that it was indeed the beginning of a fatal progression. (AA 12&12 page 23 second sentence of second full paragraph)
a) Were you in an obvious fatal progression?
b) Was a fatal progression on the horizon that was going to lead to death?
c) Was that what brought you into your step one fellowship – that you could see that you were going down the road to a fatal progression?
d) If it wasn’t, what was it that got you into your step one fellowship?
e) How are you going to work with somebody, for example a very young person when your stories are so different? (You may be a potential working with a teen who is a last gasper, or has multiple addictions)
Q5 In 12 x 12 read the rest of step one and tradition one (p.133-135).