Step One requirement:
"There must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol"
(p33, AA Big Book)
I find Step One the most exhausting of all the steps. Step 5 second most exhausting. Step 8 third most tiring.
Just ONE of the MANY reasons why step one is SO draining is because I consider my work unfinished until the Sponsee has 'got' this Step one requirement.
I will not move on to Step 2 until this requirement has been satisfied.
Its hard work!
ESPECIALLY when I am dealing with an alcoholic who is "early in our drinking careers" (p32, AA Big Book). Ie quite young and not very far progressed. (alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a PROGRESSIVE illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better. p30, AA Big Book)
So basicaly, even if they have trouble controlling how much they drink ONCE A YEAR, my job is to keep working with them untill they have "no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol" (p33, AA Big Book)
But if I get this part right its saves me a LOT of GRIEF later. So it is worth it.
Just thought I would share that..
"If you want to hide something from an alcoholic, put it in the Big book"
- An Irish Friend of Bill
- I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
There must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol
Posted by An Irish Friend of Bill
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So how do you know when they "got" it?
yes. yes. and yes. if you were my sponsor you'd probably have resorted to bonking me on the head a few times with a baseball bat recently.. it's CRAZY how we don't SEE things until we SEE it (or something).
i've started over with another sponsor and having many AHA moments. just had to be explained differently for me to 'get' it.
would you be willing to email me privately more details on how you know they 'got' it? i'm having a hard time on this with someone who WAS able to control to 1 or 2 drinks during the last month before AA. WHEW!
thank ya girl
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