From one of our fellows:
“One of the most common questions I hear is how to work the steps of recovery…”
In the White Book of SA, it says:
“No matter how well they are explained, understood, or believed, however, the Steps mean nothing unless they are actually worked out in our thinking and living. The Steps don’t work unless we work them…
“If it seems our feet are too much on the earth, that is because not one of us has ever worked the Steps perfectly. The road was up and down, smooth and rocky…” (p. 77-78, The White Book).
I get from this that there is no “perfect way” to work the Steps; it may look different for every person.
But one of my favorite quotes from the Big Book also says this:
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” (p. 58)
What does that mean then? Is there a “best practice” for working the Steps?
What does working the Steps look like for you?
The SA Lifeline Foundation has formed a committee to map out a day to day Step work curriculum based on the following books:
- Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (The Twelve and Twelve)
- The White Book of SA
- Step Into Action books (a three book bundle)
If you are interested in getting more information as this curriculum develops, fill out the following form:
What are some of the ways that
you’ve worked the Steps?
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