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AA Big Book Study May 18th, 2022

AA Big Book Study

In House Big Book Study of the Week



We often hear steps 10, 11 and 12 referred to as maintenance steps. But is this truly the case? Do we actually reach a point in our recovery where the goal is simply to maintain our newfound spirituality? Based upon our literature, one might say otherwise.


Reviewing last week’s Big Book study of step 10 we read: “We have entered the World of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness.” In regard to this tenet it appears that growth is our objective.


Furthermore, as Bill wrote in his story: “If an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. Again, the theme is continual evolution of our spirituality.


Is sober living a reality if we don’t perpetually seek a greater understanding of our Higher Power? Can we stop drinking, stop using drugs, establish conscious contact with God and then simply maintain? “We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism.”


At Turning Point our goal is to provide the accountability needed to nourish this critical relationship with God. Whether coming from treatment, detox, or another sober living home, we can support recovering alcoholics and drug addicts while they transition towards a life of sobriety and autonomy. Through fellowship, sponsorship, intentional 12 step work and recovery coaching, our residents have the resources to stay sober.


“Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”
May God bless you and keep you – until then.

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  • Bryan J. says:

    Another solid gathering of men in our community pulling the rope in the same direction. So encouraging to see attendees from outside of the Turning Point family come join us in fellowship, food and fun while enhancing our spiritual condition and leaning into the program of recovery! Grateful to be a small part of this movement.