writing assignment:

1. All these, and many others, have one symptom in common: they
cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.
Write about your experience with this.

2. There are five classifications of alcoholics listed on page 6 of
the Doctor’s Opinion. Write on your experience with the five different types.

3. Write on your experience of “the only relief we have to suggest is
entire abstinence.


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1. essentially
2. sensation
3. elusive
4. injurious
5. differentiate
6. impunity
7. succumbed
8. phenomenon

Writing assignment:
pg.4 Doctors opinion, last paragraph
To them, their alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are
restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again
experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by
taking a few drinks………

Write about your experience with feeling restless, irritable and
discontented before you used your particular drug before you came
into recovery.

Write about your experience with feeling restless, irritable and
discontented after you entered recovery.

Write about letting go of feeling restless, irritable and
discontented and becoming joyful, contented, and serene, and what you
are willing to do to reach this goal.

» Readings on the 12 steps in the Big Book


STEP 1 1st Half: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol……”
The Doctor’s Opinion page xxiii

STEP 1 2nd Half: “….that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Chapter 3: More About Alcoholism pages 30-43

STEP 2 “Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
Chapter 4: We Agnostics pages 44-57 & Spiritual Experience Appendix II, pg. 569
Chapter 2: There is a Solution pages 17-29

STEP 3 “Made a decision to turn our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.”
Chapter 5: How It Works Pages 58-63

STEP 4 “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
Part 1 Resentments pages 64-67
Part 2 Fear pages 67-68
Part 3 Sex pages 68-71

STEP 5 “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of our wrongs.”
Chapter 6: Into Action pages 72-75

STEP 6 “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
1st paragraph on page 76

STEP 7 “Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.”
2nd paragraph on page 76

STEP 8 Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” **see directions for Step 9

STEP 9 “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” ** Reading for steps 8 & 9 on pages 76 – 84

STEP 10 “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.”
pages 84-85

STEP 11 “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.”
pages 85-88

STEP 12 1st Half:
“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics…”
Chapter 7: Working with Others pages 89-96

STEP 12 2nd Half: “….and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
Beginning with “suppose” pages 96-103

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