Step 1 Week 5: May 27th, 2020

Step One, Week Five: May 27th, 2020

Reading assignment:

Yellow workbook pages 9-10 OR Big Red Book (BRB) pages 104-106

Red Book pages 573-575, the “Cross Talk” through “Fixing Others” paragraphs

Recommended weekly reading:

“The Laundry List” or “The Problem,” “The Solution,” and “The Promises” on pages 587-591 of the Red Book or in the first several pages of the yellow workbook;

“The Twelve Steps” on pages 91-92 of the Red Book (also on pages 1-2 of the workbook); and

“The Twelve Traditions” on page 592 of the Red Book

Suggested supplemental reading:

The “What is Codependence?” link on the FAQS page on www.coda.org

The first 100 pages of the ACA Red Book (to be read over several weeks)

BRB (Red Book) Chapter 7

Tradition Five (the tradition for the month of May) in detail starting on Red Book page 513

The Step One chapter of “A Codependent’s Guide To The Twelve Steps” by Melody Beattie (to be read over several weeks; available used on Amazon.com for around $4.00 USD.)* See ACAWSO’s Literature Policy: “It has always been accepted that ACA should remain eclectic in choosing literature. That is, ACA meetings may draw from various sources without censorship.”

“Days of Healing, Days of Joy: Daily Meditations for Adult Children” by Earnie Larson and Carol Larson Hegarty (available used on Amazon.com for around $4.00 USD.)* See ACAWSO’s Literature Policy: “It has always been accepted that ACA should remain eclectic in choosing literature. That is, ACA meetings may draw from various sources without censorship.”

This week’s step study questions are found on pages 30-31 of the yellow workbook “Twelve Steps of Adult Children” under the heading “Unmanageable”:

8. Has my behavior and thinking affected my job performance or my ability to relate to others?

9. What is my ACA “bottom” or bottoming out? Have I hit my bottom?

10. Has an obsession for another person, drugs, gambling, food or sex made my life unmanageable?

11. Is my manageable life actually controlling behavior, which I have mislabeled? (List an example.)

12. Am I in denial about my controlling behavior?

13. Can I recover alone?

14. Do I relate to other adult children in meetings? How?

ALSO SEE: Pages 34-43 of the yellow workbook, to be completed over our several weeks of Step One work.

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