"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: Dealing with Addictions - Introduction to the Twelve Steps Program

  Starts 10am Friday Feb 8

“A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. .... Many people, nonalcoholics, report that as a result of the practice of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, they have been able to meet other difficulties of life. They think that the Twelve Steps can mean more than sobriety for problem drinkers. They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 15-16).

Anything that promotes obsessive or compulsive behaviours may be regarded as addictive – work, exercise, prescription drugs, sex, pornography, shopping etc. Ours is an addictive society.

The same principles that enable a person to emerge healthily from the addiction to alcohol, can be of great assistance to us all. These principles are in fact basic to sane living. The great challenge is to keep expanding our capacity to be free!

James and John are both recovered alcoholics. John is a trained counsellor. Together they will engage participants in conversation on the basis of the Twelve Steps program. Each participant will be given a book on the program. 

Presenters: James and John
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks
When: 3 Friday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 8, 15 & 22 February 2019
Cost: $60 per person (including books)

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Can you answer a firm "yes" to an of these questions?

Are you troubled by obsessive behaviour or an addiction of any kind ?
Are people close to you expressing concerns about these things ?
Are you troubled by unhealthy relationships in your life ?
Are resentments and self-centred fears holding you back ?
Do you know what is blocking you from conscious contact with your Higher Power ?
Do you seek the truth about yourself? Who are you ?
Do you seek a spiritual awakening?
Is blame and self-pity holding you back?
Do you waste time comparing yourself with others?
Do you judge yourself and other people harshly ?
Do you know peace of mind in your daily life?
Are you aware that addictions and obsessive behaviours are physical symptoms of spiritual dis-ease?
Do you (or someone you care about) spend an inordinate amount of time engaging in behaviours for which you later experience feelings of guilt, shame & remorse?
Do you find yourself spending a lot of energy worrying about, & trying to control, the behaviours of those you are close to?
Do you resolve to give up/let go of unhelpful behaviours, only to find yourself re-engaging with them, contrary to your better judgement?

Participants will receive two pocket sized textbooks:

Alcoholics Anonymous 4th edition, and
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Suggested reading:

* Fr Richard Rohr OFM, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps, SPCK Publishing, 2016 - $23.25 online at Booktopia or $11.99 on Kindle.
* Rami Shapiro, Recovery – the sacred art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice, Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015 - $27.95 online at Booktopia or $15.52 on Kindle.
* Ann Wilson Schaef and Diane Fassel, The Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover up, Pick up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate Sick Organizations, Harper Collins, 1990 - $27.75 online at Booktopia.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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