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Before program, what did you think of the concept of surrender?

What did it mean in your work life?

What did it mean in school?

What did it mean in personal life/relationships?

Was the concept of surrender a positive or negative?


When you first came into the program, what did you hear about surrender?

How was it explained relative to step 1.

What were your initial thoughts/feelings about surrender?


Did you experience any anxiety when surrender was discussed as a recovery tool? Why?

Did you experience relief when surrender was discussed as a recovery tool? Why?


How is acceptance and surrender related?

How are they different?


How is being powerless related to surrender?

Is turning your life over related to surrender?






What is stinking thinking?

How can surrender be a tool against stinking thinking?


The persistent illusion is commonly read before meetings

The Persistent Illusion or the beginning of Chapter 3 More About Alcoholism

Most of us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.


We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.


How does this statement relate to surrender?


To the new person listening, what would you say to this person listening right now about the importance of surrender in your program when you were new and now.


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