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The Big Book devotes 2 whole chapters to Step 1;
Chapter II, There is a Solution and Chapter III, More About Alcoholism
Step 1 is an admission of the central problem we face as alcoholics.
Once we can admit our powerlessness,
a door opens to the solution to our problem.
What does it mean to you to admit something?
Why do you think the step says, “We admitted”
rather than “I admitted?”
What does the term “powerless over alcohol” mean to you?
What are some of you experiences?
What does the term “our lives had become unmanageable” mean to you?
What are some of your experiences?
On page 30 of the big book, it reads,
“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.”
The book tells us that we had to learn that we had to being powerless to alcohol..
Where did you learn your powerlessness? (big book, meetings, open talks, podcasts, etc)
What does fully concede mean to you?
concede – admit that something is true or valid after first denying or resisting it.
What should a person do if they are not sure they are alcoholic?
Who are we to admit our alcoholism to? Who really matters? Why?
We have Calls
Bill from NJ
When you took step one,
was it an intellectual acceptance or
was it more like an emotional acceptance?
The Big Book and the 12 and 12 describe the process of step 1 as:
Why does it have to be this painful? (12 and 12, p. 24)
What did the first step accomplish for you?
What would you say to the new guy about step 1?