Today as I read the big book and look back on the twelve traditions and what they have contributed to healing addictions, I feel overwhelmed by the wisdom contained within the 12 steps. Today I find myself thinking about Step One:
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Admitting powerlessness over our drug(s) of choice is where recovery begins. Not everyone finds recovery through AA/NA or the twelve steps, but I have come to realize that any true recovery starts in admitting powerlessness over addiction.
For those of us living in recovery and those of us contemplating recovery…What separates us is that those living in recovery have GIVEN UP.
What have we given up?
- The Illusion of Control
- Dishonesty with ourselves and others
- Old strategies to fix and change our problems
We give up our denial, control, dishonesty, and old strategies because they don’t work.
We hit bottom. That means we finally get to the place where our pain outweighs the temporary relief we get from our drinking, drugging, and compulsive behaviors.
We acknowledge we are stuck and are not moving forward in life. We admit that what we’ve been doing to survive and cope isn’t working any more.
Most of all, we admit our addictions are actually controlling us. And when we can admit that, we are ready to ask for help.
Today I encourage you to join the millions who have given up, so that they could get their lives back. If you or your loved one is caught in the grip of addiction, please call us at New Dawn. Change is scary, but you don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help you build a recovery plan that addresses every area of your life. We are here to help you nurture and be nurtured in a recovery community. We believe recovery is about recovering you. We believe recovery is about re-connecting to your Self and to Others.