What does it mean to work the steps? – Episode 80

When you first heard “work the steps”, what did you think? Are you still confused about what it means? Or, maybe you’ve worked the steps, but you’re looking for more.

Spencer talks with Ruth, Maria, and Patti about our understanding of and experience of “working the steps”. We consider these questions in our conversations.

  • When you first heard the phrase “work the steps”, what did you think it meant?
  • Have you worked the steps once? More than once?
    • If more than once, how did your understanding of “working the steps” change?
    • How did you work the steps? From a book? With a sponsor? As part of a group?
  • Some steps have clear actions in them (“took an inventory”, “made a list”), and some do not (“came to believe”, “became entirely ready”).
    • Would you say that some steps are “action steps” and some are not?
    • Or, do you believe that all the steps have actions in them?
  • How do you know you have “finished” a step and are ready to move on to the next one?
  • If you are a sponsor, how do you guide your sponsees in working the steps?

Our topic for next week is “The 3 C’s“. We are told that “We didn’t cause it, we can’t cure it, and we can’t control it.” How does this help? Does it help? What do you think? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecoveryshow.com with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.


Here are some songs that we think connect to our topic. Listen to the episode to hear why and how.

Jordin Sparks – One Step at a Time

Ani DiFranco – Work Your Way Out

Janis Joplin – Work me, Lord

The music in the episode:


(first break)

Klonopin (second break)



1 thought on “What does it mean to work the steps? – Episode 80”

  1. Spencer and guests,
    Thank you for your wonderful work and care with your site and podcast. I was wondering if you could speak to the “alcoholic mind”? I’ve heard it spoken of and would love some more clarification about this. (I heard a person say that he had an “alcoholic mind” at the age of 10 which seems totally baffling to me.)
    Thanks so much.

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