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About Course

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous describes how the authors recovered from alcoholism. Based exclusively on these guidelines, you will work the steps in eighteen weeks using William H. Shaberg’s A Step Work Group Guide: Big Book Format workbook.  This workbook is also available in print and digital format on Amazon. It is not necessary to purchase this separately.  If you choose to use this online format all materials from the workbook are included in this lesson plan. It is recommended that you work in a group of ten people. Directions for forming a group are included in the first lesson. It is also recommended that each group member get a journal to answer questions in, so you may share them at your group meeting. You will also need a copy of The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, which you can get from your affiliate group or from most book sellers.


This version is a completely self-administered class. It is not facilitated by a teacher. There is no zoom support. You may use this to create and manage your own group.

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What Will You Learn?

  • A Complete Working of the 12 Steps
  • Questions for Journaling
  • Worksheets for Step Work
  • Guided Discussion for Meetings

Course Content


  • Introduction
  • The Evolution of A Step Work Group Guide
  • Recruiting Group Members

Week One – Organization and Commitments

Week Two – The First Step (The Doctor’s Opinion + Bill’s Story)

Week Three – The First Step (There is a Solution + More about Alcoholism)

Week Four – The Second Step

Week Five – The Third Step (Selfishness is the Problem)

Week Six – The Third Step (God is the Solution)

Week Seven – The Fourth Step (Resentments)

Week Eight – The Fourth Step (Fears)

Week Nine – The Fourth Step (Sexual History Inventory)

Week Ten – The Fourth Step (Harms)

Week Eleven – The Fifth Step

Week Twelve – The Sixth Step

Week Thirteen – The Seventh Step

Week Fourteen – The Eighth & Ninth Steps

Week Fifteen – The Tenth Step

Week Sixteen – The Eleventh Step

Week Seventeen – The Twelfth Step (Spiritual Awakening, Carrying the Message)

Week Eighteen – The Twelfth Step (Practicing These Principles)