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    There’s no set time black… some ppl never get the first step. They continually think “I can do it this time,” “it’ll be different this time,” “I learned some new stuff so I can do it this time,” and so on….

    Step 1, like Keith said, has to do with being honest with yourself in realizing that you can’t stop and stay stopped and that as a manager, you’re not good at managing your life. It’s about surrendering to reality vs. trying to live in a fantasy world where you can control your drinking. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to move.

    Don’t do what I did…… refuse to move to the next step UNTIL I felt I completely understood every aspect of the current step, had given it incredibly deep contemplation, investigated numerous viewpoints, bla bla blaaaaaaaaa.

    If you don’t have one, you need to find a sponsor. If you’ve got one and he/she’s not talking to you about this stuff, consider looking for another one. The first time through the steps is mean to be done properly but it shouldn’t take too long. You’ve got the rest of your life to rework the steps……..and believe me you will…….so get yer butt in gear! 🙂



    EDIT…..through the steps is MEANT to be done properly….



    What has been posted above is good but I am grateful that my sponsor had me write down what alcohol did to me 1)Physically 2)Mentally 3)Spritually and on another sheet of paper how alcohol had made my life unmanageable.

    Like has been said this is a feeling of the heart but as time passes it never hurts to go back and read what you wrote in early sobriety it helps with humility and gratitude. Priceless commodities in the day to day journey of sobriety. I wish you all the best.

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