Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Working the Steps?

Today’s meeting was about the steps. Surprising sometimes that in all of this AA-ing and meetings we forget that it is about these 12 steps. We say we “do” them, and we “work” them and we have instructions—sort of—in the Big Book.

But what has been your experience of working the steps? Did you do them once? Is it ongoing? Are you of the school that says we do Step One once? Or every day? And how about Step Four? I’ve done several 4th step inventories but some people say you do Step Four once and Ten through Twelve after that to keep things in line and sober.

And from this far out—or into the woods- what do you now say to newcomers who ask when they should start working the steps?

1 comment:

Shay said...

Yep, step four is meant to be done once. If you're doing it multiple times, you may have needed to take more time with it the first time, and be more thorough. 10, 11 & 12 are like 'maintenance' for the rest of your life :)
As for a newcomer, you start the steps when you first come to the rooms. The only requirement is a desire to stop drinking, and to have that desire, you have usually already reached that point of recognizing that your life has become unmanageable.
Thanks for sharing! :)