Question: How do I work the steps of recovery after I’ve gone through them with a sponsor?
Working the 12 Steps of Recovery after having been through it once with my sponsor has been a question I’ve had for quite some time. I have worked the 12 steps with a sponsor in the 90 day ARP Support program and that went well. It required accountability, structure, and a commitment to work the steps each day.
But now that I’ve worked the steps once, what am I supposed to do?
I’m reading in the book “Step into Action: One, Two Three” and I found some answers:
The key to the happy, joyous, and free way of life that the SA Program promises is working the Steps.
Step work requires spending time and effort on each of these twelve stages of our recovery journey.
We begin to work the Steps the moment we admit that we’re out of control around lust. Step work is the heart of the SA Program…working the Steps means taking action.
We most likely will feel great after having done some writing on a Step. It can take quite a long time to stop the mental hamster wheel and actually sit down and start writing…
Read the pertinent material and ask God to direct the results. Set a time for ten minutes, sit down at a table, and start the count down. Write until the alarm sounds and then decide whether to continue or stop writing. It is both good and important that some work be done for recovery each day. Continuing to write means more progress on the Step. When finished, say a prayer of thanks. (p. 30 – bold/italics added for emphasis)
I thought this was direction that really applies to where I am.
I need to follow the process:
- Start writing
- Read information about the Step
- Ask God for direction
- Write about my thoughts and intentions and how it applies
- Say a prayer of thanks
What are your thoughts on this feedback?