Step 8 - Recovered 682
Release Date: 03/09/2016
Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997info_outline Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps Part 3 - Recovered 1191
Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997info_outline Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps Part 2 - Recovered 1190
Milt L. from Cleveland, OH speaking on "Dumb Guy Approach to the 12 Steps" in San Diego, CA - June 21st 1997info_outline Popsicle Sticks - Recovered 1188
I first experienced “Popsicle Sticks” at the Thursday Midnight night meeting at the Northwest Alano Club in Wayne Michigan. At first I hated it, then I got used to it, then it became my favorite meeting.info_outline Self Care - Recovered 1187
Self-care looks different for everyone, and that’s okay.info_outline Loneliness - Recovered 1186
It is no more cowardly to use help in recovering from a drinking problem, than it is, to use a crutch if you have a broken leg. A crutch is a beautiful thing, to those who need it.info_outline First Things First - Recovered 1185
The rhythm of our own special routine has a soothing effect, and an apt principle around which to organize some orderliness is—yes, “First Things First.”info_outline Getting Rest - Recovered 1183
For at least three reasons, people who drink heavily often cannotinfo_outline Serenity Prayer - Recovered 1181
Serenity is like a gyroscope that lets us keep our balance no matter what turbulence swirls around us. And that is a state of mind worth aiming for.info_outline Smartphone Therapy - Recovered 1179
When we stopped drinking, we were told repeatedly to get A.A. people’s telephone numbers, and instead of drinking, to phone or text these people.info_outline
Step 8 is concerned with our personal relationships. It is an examination of how we have dealt with people in the past and, more specifically, how we have harmed them. This step is the basis for developing a more productive and satisfactory way of dealing with others. The AA 12 and 12 says that step 8 is the beginning of the end of isolation from our fellows and from God.
According to the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12, steps 8 & 9 involved this process:
we take a look backward and try to discover where we had been at fault,
we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done, and
This is a very large order.
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what are your initial thoughts on this step?
What is the purpose of this step?
What does it mean to make amends to someone to you?
What is the role of forgiveness for you in the amends process?
What does the term harm mean in this step to you?
Why must we be willing to make amends to all those we have harmed? Can't there be any exceptions?
Have you resisted making this list? If so, why?
Did you use your 4th step as a tool in preparation?
The first time you took this step? Where are you willing to make amends?
Have you ever prayed for the willingness to be willing?
Have you ever put yourself on this list?
How does your higher power play a role in this step?
How has your sponsor help you in this step?
What prayers have you used during this step?
What slogans have you used during this step?
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What would you say to the new guy about Step 8?