The Musts of the Program - Recovered 742
Release Date: 09/21/2016
Stateline Retreat in Primm, NV - December 11th 2009info_outline Writing and Journaling - Recovered 1136
As you process emotions through your writing, this helps your mental health and also helps your physical wellbeing.info_outline Stateline 2009 Part 1 - Recovered 1137
Stateline Retreat in Primm, NV - December 11th 2009info_outline Recovery Literature - Recovered 1134
Reading recovery literature is another important tool of the program. It helps to educate, motivate, and inspire us. Reading recovery literature helps us learn how to stay sober and work a recovery program specifically tailored for us.info_outline James M History of AA Part 3 - Recovered 1135
James M. from Slidell, LA speaking on the History of AA at the Robbers Roost AA Group's Back to Basics men's retreat in Cuyamaca State Park in San Diego, CAinfo_outline Making Recovery Plans - Recovered 1132
So, we alcoholics need to be careful in this business of resolution making, we need to be careful as we plan our recovery life for the next year. We need to be flexible as we plan.info_outline James M History of AA Part 2 - Recovered 1133
James M. from Slidell, LA speaking on the History of AA at the Robbers Roost AA Group's Back to Basics men's retreat in Cuyamaca State Park in San Diego, CAinfo_outline James M History of AA Part 1 - Recovered 1131
James M. from Slidell, LA speaking on the History of AA at the Robbers Roost AA Group's Back to Basics men's retreat in Cuyamaca State Park in San Diego, CAinfo_outline Holiday Survival Kit - Recovered 1129
The 12-step programs offer many promises. Life will take on a new meaning, and you will know happiness like you have never known before.info_outline Love and Tolerance - Recovered 1127
When you learn to listen and not judge, you will see the beauty of the world. When you work through the program, you must learn tolerance.info_outline
If you go to enough meetings, you'll hear it said that in AA, "there are no MUSTs in the program, only suggestions". Well, like most half-truths in A.A., if you hear them long enough you begin to believe them.
But what does the Program have to say about this? It says in the Big Book on page 19, "We have concluded to publish an anonymous volume setting forth the problem as we see it. We shall bring to task our combined experience and knowledge. This should suggest a useful program for anyone concerned with a drinking problem." Then, in "How It Works" it says, "Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a Program of Recovery."
So, it's the WHOLE Program that is suggested. In other words, this is a suggested program, not a program of suggestions. Therefore, if we want to work the suggested program, then there are some things that we must do. The Big Book says so.
There may be another method you might use that you think brings about recovery from alcoholism, and if you so choose, have at it. The program in the book is not the only way.
You don't have to take the A.A. Program,
But "if you want what we have AND are willing to go to any length to get it." And if you DO want what we have, the Big Book is very clear that the Program has some very definite requirements. It says, "To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW WE HAVE RECOVERED is the main purpose of this book" (page xiii),
Join the Chat Room, Tap Live stream and Chat Room
email at email@example.com
Subscribe to Premium
Get daily recovery messages Daily AA Emails.
What are your initial thoughts?
What must you do to stay sober?
Let’s talk about some of the MUSTs of the program outlined in the book:
Do we have to believe in the disease concept? What about surrender/acceptance?
6. ...we who have suffered alcoholic torture MUST believe that the body of the alcoholic is quite as abnormal as his mind. (xxiv)
17. 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. (30)
18. If we are planning to stop drinking, there MUST be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol. (33)
The book is emphatic that higher power is required, what about it?
8. The message which can interest and hold these alcoholic people MUST have depth and weight. In nearly all cases, their ideals MUST be grounded in a power greater than themselves if they are to re-create their lives. (xxvi)
9. I SIMPLY HAD TO believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation (10)
10. I MUST turn in all things to the Father of Light who presides over us all.(14)
The book requires service work, what is your experience?
11. Particularly was it IMPERATIVE to work with others.(14)
13. Our very lives, as ex-problem drinkers, DEPEND upon our constant thought of others and how we may help meet their needs. (19)
14. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process REQUIRES for its successful consummation.(25)
37. The rule is we MUST be hard on ourself, but always considerate of others. (74)
The book talk alot about facing our character defects.
27. The first requirement is that we BE CONVINCED that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. (60)
28. Above everything, we alcoholics MUST be rid of this selfishness. We MUST, or it kills us! (62)
32. If we were to live, we HAD TO be free of anger. (66)
33. We saw that these resentments MUST be mastered. (66)
34. Whatever our ideal turns out to be, we MUST be willing to grow toward it. We MUST be willing to make amends where we have done harm, provided that we do not bring about still more harm in so doing. (69)
35. We MUST be entirely honest with somebody if we expect to live long or happily in this world. (73)
We Have Calls
What would you say to the new guy?