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STEP STUDY

1. Purpose A. To provide the person who has not worked the Steps with motivation and assistance in "working the Steps". B. To provide those who have worked the Steps with an opportunity and motivation to do it again and to share your experience. 2. Plan A. Teams of no more than 12 to 14 persons will be formed (8 to 10 are preferred). The makeup of each team will be approximately 3 to 4 members who have worked the Steps in the manner described in the Big Book and 8 to 10 members who have never worked the Steps in this manner, but who are willing to try. B. It is suggested that the teams not be coed because of the problems, which could be encountered in working the Fourth Step. C. Each team will select its own meeting place and meeting time, preferably at a time which does not conflict with the regularly scheduled evening AA meetings (Team meetings are not a substitute for AA meetings). D. After the initial planning meeting, no additions will be made to the team. If someone has a slip or is not living up to their commitment to the team, the other members of the team must decide if they want to allow the individual to continue with the team. E. When the team has completed the Steps, it will disband. The estimated time to complete the Steps is 15-20 weeks. 3. Meeting Format A. There is no formal meeting format and each group is free to select its own. Most groups rotate the chairmanship from week to week and simply discuss the assigned material and share their experience in applying it to their life. B. Each member is expected to have read and studied those portions of the Big Book and "12 and 12" which relate to the Steps under consideration and completed his or her assignment prior to the scheduled Step Study Meeting. C. The function of the team will be to apply the principles of each Step in their lives and share their experience in a discussion of each Step. D. It is suggested that each member of the team obtain a study notebook to record his or her notes, assignments, Fourth Step, etc. (Spiral Bound 8 ½ X 11 notebooks work well.) 4. Completion A. As the team completes the Step Study, new teams should be formed to help newcomers and others who want to participate. A nucleus of experienced members (3-4) should accept new members on a first-come first-served basis.

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Initial Meeting Meet and discuss the outline regarding the Purpose. Þ Commit to attend the meetings except on rare and extremely unusual circumstances. another member should be called and advised of the problem so that the team will not delay the meeting. PG. Exchange telephone numbers and addresses. Meeting Format and Completion of the Step Study Team. and perfect attendance is not absolutely required. · Compare this language with the language on Pg. Each member really needs to be present each week. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (through Pg. 29 at the end of Chapter Two where it is stated: "Further on. Commitments: Þ Commit to stay with the team until all members have completed the Steps. before the study is completed.STEP STUDY OUTLINE AND ASSIGNMENT SHEET The following is a suggested assignment sheet and outline for use by the Step Study Team. The time given for any particular study can be extended or shortened as each team chooses. clear-cut directions are given showing how we recovered. 164 at minimum). select a meeting place. Plan. If a member cannot be present. Initial Meeting Assignment: · Read the Preface. all of the Steps. each team member will have read the entire text of the book. 2 . It is most helpful that everyone be present as much as possible and that communication develops between the team members so that they know how the other team members are progressing and how they are feeling about the team study. It is important that the commitment section of this outline be carefully reviewed and that each member of the team thoroughly understand that he or she is committing to do the Steps. Þ Those persons who have not done the Steps will be asked to commit to do them at least once more with another team. Second Edition and Third Edition prior to this meeting. It is suggested that. Note that the Forward to the Third Edition states: "To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book". It should be understood that everyone will probably have one or more absences. Þ Commit to do the Steps according to the Big Book as augmented by the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (including on the knees Third step with others." This is the task this team is about to undertake. Forward of the First Edition. Þ Commit to making telephone or personal contact with one or more members of the team during each week the Steps are being taken and sharing your problems or experience with the assignment that week. a Fourth and Fifth Step and all the rest).

permanently eradicated"? These and other questions will occur to the group. in fact. 8) Did you feel fear? (Pg. 10) Note what happened to Bill's prejudice against "their God" when he began to apply his own concept of God (Pg. In summary. by any treatment with which we are familiar. 13) Bill really takes the Twelfth Step on Pg. What was of particular significance to you in this chapter? What did you find that you could not agree with or which you could not accept? PG. 6) Did you ever seek oblivion? (Pg. Bill's Story. 8) What was your reaction to religion. and each should be discussed in some depth.WEEK NO. the church and God? (Pg. 14. doesn't he? The program worked in all of Bill's affairs (Pg. Buy your notebook and begin to note your own reaction to the matters set forth in the doctor's opinion. Did you know that "nothing more was required of me to make my beginning" that willingness or a willingness to believe? Doesn't Bill essentially take the first through the Eleventh Step at this time? (Pg. 15). 3 . What is a psychic change? Can you accept the fact that alcoholism "has never been. begin to write "how was I powerless over alcohol." It is equally important to write any reservation you may have that you are. XXVI)? Did you like the effect of alcohol? Did you reach the point where you could not differentiate the "true from the false"? Did your alcoholic life seem normal? The doctor seems to say that a "psychic change" must occur. powerless over alcohol. The foregoing are simply samples of questions that may occur or points that may be raised. 5) Did you ever feel the remorse. 13). Chapter One. 12). Did you ever ask. Bill's Story. 2: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter One. WEEK NO. horror and hopelessness of the next morning? (Pg. 1: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss the Doctors Opinion. 13) Notice how Bill was instructed to find God's will and pray (Pg. Has your common sense become "uncommon sense" in this manner? (Pg. "Was I crazy?' (Pg. The Doctor's Opinion: Were you aware that your illness affected both your mind and your body? Do you believe or can you accept the concept of an allergic reaction to alcohol? What is an allergy? Do you agree with the concept of hospitalization? Have you ever experienced the phenomena of "craving" (Pg. 6) Did your mind ever race uncontrollable? (Pg. 6) Did you feel lonely? (Pg.

WEEK NO. and nothing less: That we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences. There Is a Solution: Again. 24? Have you ever said. 25). 27.WEEK NO. 22) Why do we take that one drink? Why can't we stay on the water wagon? What has become of the common sense and the will power that he still sometimes displays with respect to other matters? Did you ask yourself these questions? Had you lost the power of choice described on Pg. As thoughts occur to you about whether you can or cannot manage life and in particular your life. More About Alcoholism: Did you have the "great obsession" (Pg. having to do with your powerlessness over alcohol. 33) Can you identify with the mental states that precede a relapse into drinking. 3: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Two. PG. "What do I have to do?" Have you been asked the questions on Pg. 20 by yourself or by other people? What were the answers? From your examination of yourself in the past weeks and your reading of this chapter are you a "real alcoholic"? (Pg. 25). 21 may help you in answering the questions you have been writing about. Chapter Three. 30)? Did you know that was an illusion? Did you try to control your drinking. 35)? Do you understand why an actual or potential alcoholic will be absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of self-knowledge? (Pg. did you do absurd and incredible and tragic things while drinking. 4 ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Three. 20 the book answers the question. 21) If not. and can you diagnose yourself? (Pg. "What's the use anyhow" (or something similar)? There is a solution (Pg. There Is a Solution. Why did we drink the way that we did? (Pg. 39) Note the doctor's reaction to alcoholism on Pg. The great fact is just this. 18)? Note on Pg. 31) Has your writing in your book listed those things you attempted to do to control your use of alcohol and your failures? Do you have a reservation of any kind or any lurking notion that you will some day be immune to alcohol? (Pg. 43. Note that Appendix II is referred to again on Pg. Read and understand Appendix II and the rest of this paragraph because it is an outstanding summary of what happens in the program. Our alternative to the solution is to "go on blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could or to accept spiritual help" (Pg. having read this chapter. write down your thoughts in your notebook. Continue to write how you are powerless over alcohol and begin to consider what you can truly "manage" in your life. 4 . were you a Jekyll and Hyde? These questions and observations on Pg. 18)? What was their reaction? Do you see how you can reach another alcoholic (Pg. and do you understand that these mental states are the crux of the problem (Pg. what parts of the chapter can you apply to your life? What is your reaction to the membership of Alcoholics Anonymous? Did your alcoholism "engulf all whose lives touched the sufferer's" (Pg. why not? Discuss this with your team. Also note the solution at the bottom of Pg. Did you have control over alcohol. Chapter Two. 43. More About Alcoholism.

By now you should have completed writing most of your memories about why you are powerless over alcohol and why your life is unmanageable. 5 . and where did you get these ideas? Had you abandoned the idea of God entirely? (Pg. Chapter Four. whatever our race. 51) Did your ideas work. 57) Remember what it said on Pg.WEEK NO. (Pg. 47) Do you recognize that when you can say "yes" to this question that you are "on your way"? (Pg." Have you had honest doubts and prejudices about God? (Pg. We Agnostics. 45)? Note that the "main object of this book is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. 47) Note that the book once again refers you to Appendix II at this point. 5: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Four. He disclosed Himself to us!" (Pg. If you are having difficulty with these problems. it means that all of us. 44) Have you lacked power to manage life (Pg. 46) Do you now believe or are you even willing to believe that there is a Power greater than yourself? (Pg. will the God idea work? (Pg. discuss this with the team members or your sponsor. OR HE ISN'T. what will He look like. 53) Do you believe that "when we drew near to Him. what will it be like when you find Him. or color are children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try. 52) ARE YOU REALLY READY TO FEARLESSLY FACE AND ANSWER THE PROPOSITION THAT "EITHER GOD IS EVERYTHING OR HE IS NOTHING. We Agnostics: Do you accept the fact that you have only two alternatives if you are an alcoholic? An alcoholic death or to live a life on a spiritual basis. WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE TO BE?" (Pg. 48) What reservations do you have when you have read this chapter? Have you been biased and unreasonably prejudiced about the realm of the spirit? (Pg. What is it that Appendix II says that is indispensable? Have you been open-minded or have you been obstinate. sensitive and unreasonably prejudiced about discussions about God? (Pg. 28? If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all. creed. PG. GOD EITHER IS. 45) Are you willing to lay aside your previous beliefs or prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than yourself? What is you concept of God? (Pg. 45) What has been your reaction to the word "God".

Discuss the work you have made on Instructions 3. was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. write what you cannot believe about God. How It Works. and a willingness to go to any length. however inadequate. As you go forward from this point. Are you willing to take this Step? Many groups at this point commit one to the other that they are going to take this Step and recite the prayer that is set forth on Pg. 58 to Pg. WEEK NO.WEEK NO. it is those things which you believe or which fit into your conception of God which you will be using and you can be comforted in knowing that "our own conception. through the part which concludes Step Three). you're not. 4 and 5 of the Fourth Step Guide. What do half measures avail us? Are you convinced that a life run on self-will can hardly be a success? (Pg.) Note the state of mind you're asked to have when you start the Steps.e. Discuss the work you have done on Instruction 1 through 2 of the Fourth Step Guide. WEEK NO. 6 . 8: Assignment: Do instructions 3. thoroughness." (Pg 46) Chapter Five. fearlessness. Do you question whether you are capable of being honest with yourself? (If you do. 63 together. The group should assist anyone in taking the inventory that is having difficulty and this may include spending some time with them during the week. 62) Are you willing to make the decisions set forth at the bottom of Pg. 63. Did you know that you could not reduce self-centeredness much by wishing or trying on your own power? (Pg. Do Instructions 1 and 2 of the Fourth Step Guide. 7:__________________________________________________________________ ASSIGNMENT: Continue to list places where you can see that you are self-centered in your workbook Begin the Fourth Step using the Fourth Step Guide. On another Pg. Discuss the work you have done on Instructions 1 through 6 of the Fourth Step Guide and any problems that you are having. 60) Can you see the effects of self-centeredness in your life? How have you been self-centered? List examples in your workbook and discuss them with the group.. Write what you can believe about a Power greater than yourself. honesty. 4 and 5 of the Fourth Step Guide and any problems you are having. WEEK NO. 6:__________________________________________________________________ ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Five. How It Works: Discuss the materials contained in this chapter from Pg. 9: Assignment: Do instruction 6 and complete any work you have not completed on Instruction 1 through 6 for the next week. PG. 62? Note the promises that follow the taking of Step Three as described at the top of Pg. 63 (i.

12: ASSIGNMENT: Find someone to take a Fifth Step with and make a specific date for this Fifth Step. discuss any problems you are having. 11: ASSIGNMENT: Do Instructions 10 and 11 of the Fourth Step Guide. 8 and 9 of the Fourth Step Guide.WEEK NO. Has everyone had a good experience with this Step? Are there reservations about doing the Fifth Step and. Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Six. Chapter Six. Discuss the work you have done on Instructions 7. what are they? Have you skimped on the program to this point? Take your Fifth Step. Discuss the work you have done on Instructions 10 and 11. 13: ASSIGNMENT: Read Chapters Six and Seven in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Particularly. PG. 10: ASSIGNMENT: Do Instructions 7. if so. 7 . Which defects of character do you have which do not stand in the way of your usefulness to your fellows? Discuss willingness and humility and what they mean in context with these Steps. Into Action. Chapters Six and Seven in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions: Discuss these chapters along the lines you have previously discussed the earlier chapters in the Big Book. WEEK NO. 75. WEEK NO. 8 & 9. you should attempt to itemize and list those defects of character which you have which you recognize stand in the way of your usefulness to your fellows. WEEK NO. Into Action: Discuss Pg. 72 through Pg.

77) (see Pg. tactful. Do you understand how your Ninth Step may harm other people? (See Pg. 83) Are you experiencing the promises set forth on Pg. Into Action & Chapters Eight and Nine in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions: Do you have misgivings about these Steps? (Pg. 78) Have you discussed any criminal offenses you may have committed and which may still be open with your sponsor? If not. 79) Have you studied your domestic troubles and the harm that may have been caused in these areas? Do you understand the importance of not creating further harm by creating further jealousy and resentment in a "tell all" session? (Pg. considerate and humble without being servile or scraping? (Pg. 77)? Is timing important in this Step? Can you approach the people on your Eighth Step list in a helpful and forgiving spirit? (Pg. 83 and 84? PG. 76) Do you feel different about going to some of these people? What is your real purpose (Pg. 78) Is it important that you be praised for your Ninth Step efforts? Do you understand the importance of losing your fear of creditors? (Pg. Do you recognize that nothing worth while can be accomplished until you clean your side of the street? (Pg. (See Pg. 81) What does the author mean when he says that the spiritual life is not a theory. 83) Do you see that in making the Ninth Step you should be sensible. Chapter Six. you certainly should do so. 14: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss the Chapters Eight and Nine in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. we have to live it? (Pg.s 66-67).WEEK NO. 79). 8 .

Working with Others: What are the step-by-step requirements for a Twelfth Step? Have you ever tried this? Share your experience with the group. In cases where the alcoholic has not responded. "To the Agnostics"? Do you believe "It Works.s 86 and 87 regarding your daily morning meditations and the way you proceed through the day? Has your attitude about a Power greater than yourself changed since you studied the chapter. Your group may decide whether or not you wish to discuss one or more of these chapters to conclude your Step study. It Really Does"? WEEK NO. and Chapter Eleven. To Employers. 84) Is this the sanity referred to in Step Two? What is the proper use of will power? (Pg. are all chapters designed to teach you how to practice these principles in all your affairs. Chapter Ten. Chapter Seven. we will seldom be interested in liquor. Working with Others. PG. Chapter Nine. 9 ." Is this the basis of the statement that this is a "selfish program"? Is it really a selfish program in the true sense of those words? Chapter Eight. 16: ASSIGNMENT: Read and be prepared to discuss Chapter Seven. A Vision for You. Into Action (Continued): What are the specific instructions outlined for the taking of Step Ten? What do we watch for? Note that "by this time sanity will have returned. and what results did you have in this situation? Do you believe that you should "burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone? The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house. The Family Afterward.WEEK NO. 164 is a fitting way to end your Step study team. have you worked with his family? Did you offer them your way of life. A reading of the last portion of the book on Pg. Haven't you really had the benefit of a contact with those who wrote this book? Don't you know now where you should really rely? ASSIGNMENT AT END OF STEP STUDY: Find some new members of Alcoholics Anonymous who need this program and do another Step Study with them. To the Wives." (Pg. Chapter Six. If this has not been done. 15: ASSIGNMENT: Note at this point the book assumes that you made a list of people you had harmed when you did your Fourth Step inventory. These chapters contain many spiritual truths which apply to all of us and should be read. you should certainly make such a list at this point. 85) What is the suggestion for taking the Eleventh Step on a daily basis? What do you watch for? Do you practice this Step on a daily basis? Do you follow the procedure outlined on Pg.

This guide is written to reflect the experience of certain members of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in analyzing these instructions and their experience in taking this Step in accordance with the instructions given in this book. the analysis. open-mindedness and willingness is essential. manifested in various ways. Alcoholics Anonymous. Perfection is not required." Webster's then refers the reader to the word "anger" and gives other examples of this PG. Therefore. 71 of the book. Do not skip any instruction and complete each instruction before proceeding to the next. was what had defeated us. Each of these common manifestations is treated separately in the inventory. What Do We Seek? The inventory is described as a "fact-finding and fact-facing process. 10 . resentment." The specific instructions for taking this Step are contained from Pg. Being convinced that self. will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. so we had to get down to causes and conditions. Those who have taken this Step in the manner suggested in the Big Book. INSTRUCTION 2: Make a list of the people. institutions or principles with whom we were angry or had resentments. We are to search out the flaws in our makeup which caused our failure. fear and sex relationships. INSTRUCTION 1: Read the following and understand what we are doing. This experience is available to anyone who will complete each of the following Steps to the best of his ability in the order in which they are given. These common manifestations are grouped in three categories. it is stated that self. and be rid of. Throughout the book. the things in ourselves which have been blocking us (from God). institutions and principles you resent. Resentments — The Number One Offender From these thoughts or mental attitudes "stem all forms of spiritual disease. we considered its common manifestations. Alcoholics Anonymous. we started upon a personal inventory. 64 to Pg. What is a resentment? Webster's Dictionary defines "resentment" as "indignation or ill-will felt as a result of a real or imagined offense. confusing and complex. and the study and prayer suggested by the Book have found it to be an exciting and rewarding experience. but a good effort involving honesty. as you understand him." We are instructed to list all people." We are said to be seeking the truth about ourselves and to honestly take stock of our lives. selfishness and self-centeredness were the root of our troubles. When you have made the decision required by Step Three. including the inventory. the Big Book warns us "though our decision was a vital and crucial step. it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face. These instructions should be read carefully at this point. This promise carries with it the obvious condition that you must do what you can. Alcoholics Anonymous. The Time and Purposes of Step Four Perhaps the greatest promise by the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is that God.FOURTH STEP GUIDE Many readers find the instructions for Step Four contained in the book.

The columns on each Pg. no matter what the cause. 4. you have a total of four columns.s in this manner. or other organizations. (each of us suffers the consequences of his own action. even though you think you are "over it. • A principle is a basic truth or law. 3.thought or feeling. school annuals and the like may help you be thorough. and repeat this process until you have divided several Pg. a list should be prepared of the people. which include rage. this resentment of ourselves is called "guilt"). • Throughout the taking of Ste • p Four and at times thereafter. governmental agencies. there is no free lunch). companies. authorities. you will recall other people. 11 . • You are a "person" and your action or failure to act may very well cause you to think or feel bad (generally. . or principle. for example: 1. institution. there is something wrong with you. Persons. but do not spend too much time worrying about how complete the list is. • Institutions are any group of people. Turn the Pg. you receive. A life lived without self-examination is not worth living. on either side of the wire spiral. In summary and broadly defined.s are divided. intense and explosive . When you are disturbed. Simply do the best you can over a reasonable period of time (perhaps a week). (Socrates) With the foregoing instructions in mind. The following procedure has proven helpful in this understanding and analysis: Purchase a spiral notebook and open it so that you have a blank Pg. resentment and indignation. You can add to this list at any time. progressive disease. • Do not concern yourself with whether you should or should not have the feeling. wrath. These words denote varying degrees of displeasure from anger. Many of these basic truths or laws have and do offend us.s vertically so that when both Pg.to the longer lasting resentment . we are dealing with a negative or unpleasant thought or feeling caused or generated by the real or imagined act or failure to act of a person. Alcoholism is an incurable. as defined above. institutions or principles which have or do cause you to have a resentment. Step Four will mean very little unless you come to understand each resentment and learn from it. each resentment must be analyzed. should be labeled as follows: PG. As you give. ire." Go back through your life "nothing counts but thoroughness and honesty. institutions and principles which have caused these negative thoughts and feelings. divide each of these Pg. INSTRUCTION 3: When you have completed your Grudge List and not before.strong. Some people write a short autobiography of their life to assist them in their memory. Certain points should be remembered: • If you can remember the resentment. 2.ill-will and suppressed anger generated by a sense of being wronged or being wrong. you should list it. institutions or principles may need some explanation. just make the list and nothing more at this point. The drawing attached hereto as Exhibit A may help you understand this instruction. fury. With a ruler or straight-edge." • A review of family albums.

write a few words to explain how you felt and how you were affected. write the reason the event or circumstance bothered you. take little time to look back over them. In Column 2. The following is a step by step description of this instruction: 1.. Did I try to retaliate. 65 through the second paragraph on Pg. Complete the analysis of each resentment before taking the next name from the Grudge List. Read and study the Big Book from the paragraph that begins at the bottom of Pg. did I go further in my study of this event? 2. then complete 2 and 3 as described below. fight back or run? What was the result? Did it help? 3. the world and its people dominate us? Do you understand that until we progress beyond the point of simply PG. and with us. 2. Take the first name from your "Grudge List" and write it in column 1 on the first Pg. Is it clear to you that a life which includes one of these resentments leads only to futility and unhappiness? Has the resentment ever benefited you in any way. we learn from specific events. Ask yourself these questions about each resentment and each event causing it and write a brief paragraph reflecting your answers: 1. places and things.Column Column Column Column 1: 2: 3: 4: "Name" "Cause" "Affect" should be left blank for the time being. to drink is to die? 4. 12 . Having determined who was at fault. Do you understand that through our thoughts and reactions to people. Specifically ask yourself: • Did it affect my self-esteem (the way I think of myself or want others to think of me)? • Did it affect my pocketbook? • Did it affect my ambition (what I wanted or needed)? • Was one of my personal relationships affected or threatened? • If the effects described in Paragraphs "a" through "d" above do not accurately describe the effect the event had upon you. This is a very important part of the analysis.") 3. we learn little from the complaint that "he was always lying" but we learn much from a specific "he told me he wasn't married. write a few words which describe each and every event or circumstance you can recall which causes you to resent the person named in Column 1. INSTRUCTION 4: One at a time you must take each resentment from your Grudge List and enter it into column 1. 67. or have you squandered hours thinking about the resentment? Do you realize and understand that these thoughts separate you from the "sunlight of the Spirit" (God)? Do you know that these thoughts will lead you to the insanity of the first drink. INSTRUCTION 5: When Columns 1-3 have been completed for each resentment. not general complaints (for example. COMPLETE THE ANALYSIS OF EACH OF YOUR RESENTMENTS ARISING OUT OF EACH OF THE EVENTS BEFORE GOING FURTHER WITH THE INVENTORY. Opposite each of the events you have listed in Column 2.

13 ." 2. As noted earlier. disaster or the like (being found out. Where was I to blame? C. ask yourself: A. pity and patience that I would cheerfully grant a sick friend. self-seeking. it is a spiritual axiom that when I am disturbed. Honestly pray the Fourth Step prayer: "God. Do you recognize that other people have the same problem with life that you have had and many of them are spiritually sick? 7." Isn't it true that we "acted" or "reacted" during each event or circumstance? Didn't we become angry? Depressed? Filled with self-pity. In the past we went no further than to declare that someone was "wrong. how can I be helpful to him? Save me from being angry. write a short description of each fear that you have experienced. the same tolerance.). insert the words "my faults or mistakes. men. At the top of the fourth column on each Pg. following the section on resentments. being known for what you know or think you are). Remember. proceed to "fear. etc. Where have I been selfish. having stopped blaming or "putting out of your mind the wrongs others have done. under the topic "Resentments" you have already asked yourself about the impact of fear on your resentments." Webster's Dictionary defines "fear" as a feeling of alarm or disquiet caused by the expectation of danger. "How did I act or react?" and "How did this affect me and those close to me?" 3.. Read from the third paragraph appearing on Pg.. On a Pg. Write down your faults as revealed by the above questions in the fourth column opposite each person. Can you forgive? 6. women. Fear — "Touches every aspect of our lives.? Didn't this affect our lives and the lives of those close to us? INSTRUCTION 6: Complete Column 4 as follows: 1. When you have concluded all of the instructions with respect to resentments. Thy will be done. _____________________is a sick man. We now complete the list of times." INSTRUCTION 7: List your fears. pain. etc. From this point forward we try to avoid retaliation or argument." you can now look for your own actions or reactions. 67 of the Big Book through the first three full paragraphs on Pg. there can be no growth or solution? 5. For each person. there is something the matter with me. and not before. Now that you have listed and understood the resentment and how it affected you. envy. dishonest. 4.e.stop blaming ourselves or others." 8. It is said that the driving force in the life of most alcoholics is the selfcentered fear that we will lose something we have or that we will not get something we think we need or want. no matter what the cause. PG. and frightened? B. heights. help me show _____________. jealousy. bugs. institution or principle and each event. snakes. places and circumstances which evoke this feeling (i. 68. institution or principle and for each event.

you should list the names of the persons to be studied. it states "we have listed the people we have hurt by our conduct and are willing to straighten out the past if we can. Can you cite examples where this occurred? Why do you have each fear? Was it because self-reliance failed? Were you about to be harmed in some way by something you could not control or avoid? Can you run away from fear? How did I act or react to fear? Did my fear affect others? What should we now rely upon. This portion of the inventory begins by clearly discussing sexual relationships. 68. gives us the solution to fear in the second and third paragraphs appearing on Pg. friends. business. as well as all sexual relationships. Alcoholics Anonymous.INSTRUCTION 8: Having listed each of the fears." This solution and prayer should be directed toward each of your fears. Following fears in your inventory book. 68 through the end of Chapter 5. However." This sentence indicates a broader view of our relationships is important. These should include both sexual and other relationships. INSTRUCTION 10: List those persons who are important in your life and any other person affected by your drinking or self-centeredness. in the last sentence of the last paragraph ending on Pg. and it is therefore suggested that we review our relationship with each of the important people in our lives. the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Sex-Relationships This section of the inventory is covered in the book. 14 . if not ourselves? INSTRUCTION 9: When our fears have been listed and the above questions answered. We are also given a short prayer in which we ask "Him to remove our fears and direct our attention to what He would have us to be. PG. 70. we should write a short analysis of these fears in our effort to understand them. including family. It is said that each of these fears sets in motion chains of circumstances which brought about or caused us misfortunes. This material should be read at this point. from the last paragraph commencing on Pg. etc.

Did I arouse bitterness? 8. Summary Read the last two paragraphs of Chapter 5. 67 of the Big Book through the first three full paragraphs on Pg. and for strength to do the right thing. 1. Was I inconsiderate in this relationship? 4. Have you left anything out of your inventory? Have you failed to list any event or subject the memory of which causes you to be uncomfortable? If so. It is also helpful to read Chapter 4 of the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions at this point. we must be willing to grow toward them. In prayer and meditation we ask God what we should do about each specific matter. and we are told the right answer will come if we want it. remember to deal with specific events. STEP FIVE Read Pg. we are given instructions on how to proceed toward our new ideal. CONGRATULATIONS. What should I have done? Through study and prayer. With respect to each person named on your list of relationships. write a short paragraph which answers the following questions. for guidance in each questionable situation." In these troublesome areas we are told to throw ourselves into helping others. Was I at fault? 9. Did I arouse suspicion? 7. On Pg. 68. take Step 5. Read from the third paragraph appearing on Pg.s 72 through the first full paragraph on Pg.INSTRUCTION 11: Write a brief paragraph about each relationship. Whatever our ideals turn out to be. Was I dishonest in this relationship? 3. Whom did I hurt? 5. providing we do not bring about still more harm in so doing. 75. 70 in the first paragraph. for sanity. Was I selfish in this relationship? 2. We must be willing to make amends for past wrongs. we seek to shape sane and sound ideals for our future sex life and our relationships. we are told to "pray for the right ideal. In summary. PG. Did I arouse jealousy? 6. you should write it down now. YOU HAVE COMPLETED STEP FOUR. 15 .

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