My temp sponsor 8 months ago told me to work one step a year and focus on step 1.
I had an emotional upheaval at 60 some days and fell to my knees. I didnt want to drink then but the feeling of "beating my head against a wall" returned which I have learned is a prelude to a drink having LOTS of appeal.
I got a sponsor and begged her to work me hard.
I went to step and BB meetings.
Read the BB.
And learned to take what I need (that which is in the book) and leave a lot of the "heady" and analytical things that kept me scratching my head during meetings.
I am amazed at how simple the steps are and they are not as scarey as I thought.
I never had a pink cloud all my other "attempts" but feel pretty darn good now. Some tell me it is a pink cloud. I think it is a result of taking the steps and trying my darndest to apply them.
I think a step a year keeps me sicker longer.
Also, I can drink on step 1.
Bill's story illustrates this point very well.
Self knowledge, remorse, fear cannot keep me sober. Feelings cannot keep me sober and conversely feeling cannot get me drunk if I am vigilant.
I am so happy to be learning and growing and having the courage to not be negative!
I think the slow approach keeps people sick longer and in my experience leads me to a drink!