Step 1 Question
By they_speak
1/9/2013 3:29:51 AM
How do you guys and gals go about exercising step 1? Just curious if there are any ideas I haven't heard of. I'm open to both theoretical/psychological exercise and practical/actual work.


"In SA, my sponsor had me write out my entire sexual history and explain it to him and 2 other people. But I explained it in a way like I would to a bishop. Then I got to destroy the stuff I wrote so, symbolically, it wouldn't have power over me anymore."
posted at 04:38:59 on January 9, 2013 by G1rlie
"Did mine, anew, Monday. Sucked."
posted at 04:57:49 on January 9, 2013 by they_speak
Oh, man...    
"How many times have you had to do this? Argh!"
posted at 07:13:48 on January 9, 2013 by G1rlie
Oh, man...    
"How many times have you had to do this? Argh!"
posted at 07:14:17 on January 9, 2013 by G1rlie
2 parts    
"There are 2 parts to step 1:
1) admit that you are powerless
2) admit your life has become unmanageable

The way that I worked on (and continue to work on) step 1 are I made those 2 topics the topics of my personal study in the morning. Then, throughout the day, I paid attention to how I was trying to manage my life. I kept finding myself trying to deal with the addiction through various rules while leaving out God's help. Even when I felt I was relying on Him, it was still very superficial. I also read stories in the AA book and related myself to them and asked myself, "do I still feel like I can overcome this on my own? I had to realize that I couldn't - and it had to be a deep realization.

The combination of studying about it, taking a daily inventory on those 2 things, and praying that those 2 truths would sink deep into my soul helped me do it. I'm on step 11 now, but I still think about step 1 almost daily. It really is a daily decision to be honest with yourself and with God. Admitting these things is hard, it initially takes a toll on the old ego, but it unlocks the power of God in your healing."
posted at 08:20:22 on January 9, 2013 by recovery.gdo
I think    
"...most people only do it once. I just wanted to start over. I also had some new stuff on my list.

I like the daily inventory to check myself when I'm trying to manage my life gdo. It's weird to because giving up on managing the impossible is such a relief yet as soon as im not paying attention I'm back at it. Maddening. Literally."
posted at 12:21:01 on January 9, 2013 by they_speak

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