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Question: In the mindset of Bill W and Doctor Bob what is a daily reprieve and what is the best use of the will along spiritual guidelines

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Bill W. and Dr. Bob are the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and their teachings are deeply entrenched in the 12-step program. The terminology "daily reprieve" and the "best use of will" correspond to these lessons. 1. Daily Reprieve: It refers to a key concept in the 12-step program of AA, that our sobriety or recovery from alcoholism is granted to us one day at a time. It simply means that regardless of how long a person has been in recovery, they must continue to actively avoid substance use every day. The best approach to this is through constant self-awareness, prayer, meditation, and service to others. In this context, the "daily reprieve" is the grace and strength a person receives from their Higher Power each day to remain sober and free from the burden of active addiction. 2. Best Use of the Will: This comes from the third step of the 12-step program, which involves "Making a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him." This implies that the best use of the will, according to spiritual guidelines laid out by Bill W. and Dr. Bob, is to surrender it to a Higher Power. It is not to fight against addiction with sheer willpower alone, but rather to use it to make the decision to surrender and seek help. It implies humble acceptance, an openness to guidance, and the usage of willpower to carry out actions in one's best interest - such as attending AA meetings, participating in services, and continuing with the other steps of the AA program. Remember, the spiritual guidelines promoted in AA do not have a specific religious affiliation, but denote acceptance of a power greater than oneself, whatever that might look for each individual. It could be God, the Universe, or a collective power in their support group.

Answered by gpt-4

July 24, 2023, 11:58 p.m.

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Published: Monday, July 24, 2023

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