Agenda for Upcoming “Freedom Isn’t Free” Workshop

The leader for our August 16th workshop “Freedom Isn’t Free” has kindly supplied the day’s agenda, which we’ve pasted in below. It’s very solution-oriented and looks like a powerful experience.

If you haven’t registered for the event, take a look at the agenda and see if it’s right for you. If you have, this is FYI. Please remember that we are asking for registration so that we know how many handouts to make.

Register now by email or voicemail (603) 418-4398. Please provide your name, your phone number, your email address, and what Intergroup you are from.


Freedom Isn’t Free: A Walk Through the Steps

Seacoast Intergroup, August 16, 2014

 MORNING SESSION: 9:00–12:30

Step 1

  • Unmasking the killer: suicide in slow motion
  • Disease, addiction, or weakness? Whose fault?
  • Cycles, stopgap interventions (tools) and honest Plans Of Eating
  • Binge food exercise—Participants
  • Food is symptom. Physical, emotional, spiritual healing required.
  • Abstinence includes healthy body weight

Steps 2, 3

  • Signing the contract
  • Surrender is not giving up—it’s deciding to cooperate.
  • Freedom/recovery is a byproduct of accumulated actions.
  • We’re in charge of actions, God’s in charge of results.
  • If we step aside, God will step in.
  • Trust the process. The process takes time.

      ● Participant writing

BREAK: ~10:00–10:15

Steps 4, 5

  • Define who we really are and what needs changing.
  • Self-destructive attitudes, beliefs, values, emotions, behaviors.
  • Free up cabinet space by cleaning out skeletons
  • Participant writing

● Participant sharing

LUNCH: 12:30–1:30


Steps 6, 7

  • Become who we’re intended to be.
  • We act our way into right thinking, not think our way into right acting.
  • No softer, easier way; half measures avail us nothing, not even half.
  • Recovery behaviors: Define specific instances where defect manifests itself; define the recovery behavior in each instance; begin practicing the recovery behavior to show God we’re really willing to change; inventory every day how we’re doing on practicing the recovery behavior.

      ● Participant writing

BREAK ~ 2:30–2:45

Steps 8, 9

  • Forgiveness of self and others
  • Stand up tall and take responsibility
  • Clean up the messes we made

      ● Participant writing           

Step 10

  • How was it living with me today, dealing with me, being me?
  • How did I do living in my recovery behaviors and thinking?

Step 11

  • God has given us life as a gift that we must open. It’s never too late to become all that God intended us to be….”His will for us and the power…”

Step 12

  • Living in—faith, acceptance, gratitude, love, service…calm mind, peaceful heart…
  • Use it or lose it
  • HP as expressed in 12,12,9, slogans
  • Daily disciplines
  • Life is to be lived, not endured.