2018 Holiday Greeting from the Back to Basics “Team”
2018 can be best described as a year of transition as we expanded
our horizons and made numerous new and improved presentations. Our
“marching orders” for the year have been:
“They are coming in younger and younger and sicker and sicker
and in order to save their lives, we must get them through the Steps
quicker and quicker.” (Wally P.)
As a result of this change in focus, our seminars, workshops, and
meeting formats have become even more effective. The feedback has
been overwhelmingly positive. It is beyond our wildest dreams that Back
to Basics, Back
to the Basics of Recovery, and Basic
Recovery have become such important programs throughout the
world for overcoming addictive and compulsive behaviors.
In addition to the seminars, workshops, and presentations we made
this year, we used Skype and Russian translators to take members of
the recovery community in St. Petersburg and Moscow through the
Steps. We also conducted a Skype sponsorship workshop in St.
We presented Back
to the Basics of Recovery in Iceland in support of the
Icelandic translation of the book along with the “Fifty Key
Paragraphs” handout we use to take newcomers through the steps
“quickly and often.” The Icelanders converted the “Fifty Key
Paragraphs” into a small, pocket sized pamphlet that is being used
throughout the country.
Also, in our travels we met the team that is translating Back to the
Basics of Recovery into Norwegian and the lady who had translated Back
to Basics into French two years ago. We are planning visits
to Norway and France in 2019.
We are in the process of converting the Spanish translation of the Back
to Basics book into Kindle and Nook versions so they can be
distributed to those in need at a price they can afford, considering
the per capita income of those living in Mexico, Central America,
and South America.
Some of our new programs include:
Basic Recovery is
for all addictive and compulsive behaviors. This is typically a 2
½-3 hour mid-week workshop or an all-day (10:00 am to 3:30 pm)
seminar during which attendees take ALL Twelve
Steps using the Surrender, Sharing, Amends and Guidance format.
Attendees include treatment center alumni and members of ALL Twelve-step
recovery programs. For these workshops and seminars, we use the “Big
Book” with passages converted to gender neutral and modified for all
addictive and compulsive behaviors. Basic
Recovery has also been adapted for
those who are incarcerated and those in drug court, or other
In the Symbols
of Recovery workshop, we use the square,
triangle, circle and red cross to rep-resent the recovery process.
Because it is an introduction to the Steps, this 1-1 ½ hour workshop
was originally designed for those in their first 30 days of
treatment. However, we have presented this workshop many times to
the entire recovery community.
Basic Recovery for Co-dependency is
for family members of the addict or obsessive/ compulsive. This
presentation is typically a 2 ½-3 hour mid-week workshop or an
all-day (10:00 am to 3:30 pm) seminar during which family members
take the Four Spiritual Activities of Surrender, Sharing, Amends and
Guidance using modified “Big Book” passages and supplemental
The Sponsorship book is being revised one more time before
publication. We are adding a chapter on “Skype or Telephone
Sponsorship” as well as a chapter on “Women Sponsoring Women.”
For additional information on our life-saving efforts, please
contact us at our Tucson, Arizona World Headquarters (our garage).
Tele: 520-297-9348 ~ ~ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Web: www.aabacktobasics.org or www.facebook.com/backtobasicsofrecovery
Happy Holiday Season,