|J: Okay, this brings us to How It Works (Chapter Five). At this point, we have completed the first two Steps. We've got the problem and the solution. We know that we are powerless. We believe that there is a Power. If you... have those two facts, if you know that you are powerless and believe there is a Power, then the main purpose now is to find that Power.
So now we come to the recovery program. We come to the planned program of recovery. As we've said, you know, if you take the first two Steps, you have diagnosed the problem, and you've got the prescription. If you go to the doctor and the doctor diagnoses your problem, and he tells you what's wrong with you. You know, just telling you what's wrong with you doesn't improve your (condition.) You still feel bad. He says, you got the flu. Well, hell, so what? You don't feel any better, but you know what's wrong with you.
Then he writes you out a prescription. You're still standing there in the office. You know what's wrong with you, and you got your answer in your hand. You've got the problem and the solution, but no improvement has taken place yet. All the improvement will take place through the treatment plan. Going and start getting the medicine, and start taking the action, then you start improving. But these two things are essential to bring us to the recovery program.
This is where we are, and the main purpose of the book is the planned program of action. They are based on the first two Steps. This is why we said, the fallacy of starting
off in Chapter Five (is that), when you don't have the first two Steps, it's impossible. But now we can go into the planned program of action which begins in How It Works. As we talk about this--read How It Works. Bill knew that he had laid the preparations for the program of recovery, he had talked about in these first four chapters and The Doctor's Opinion.
He felt like it was time to now to really tell these people.
[ Top ]