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WARNING: Successful completion of this trip will make you a better person.
Today we begin our journey. This is a lifelong endeavor that is made up of many short trips. The initial working through of the 12 Steps is just one of those trips. But it is the most important one on the path to Recovery.
This series on the 12 Steps is not all inclusive and will be mixed with other helpful information. It is intended to be thought provoking and different. We hope that you will find it helpful as you travel down the road to your own Recovery. Take what works for you and leave the rest.
It is important for you to remember that we are not experts and we are not gurus in this arena. What we present here and on our website is not meant to be the final word nor is it meant to replace a sponsor, meetings or professional help. Please view (here) for more on this. A lot of what we will be using is material from the vast resources that are available out there. However, most of what we present is in our own words and is what has worked for us.
We are no better than anyone and no worse than anyone. We, too, have struggles, troubles, problems and our own addictions to deal with. Our purpose is to utilize our experience, strength and hope to carry the message of Recovery to others who still suffer. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.
That being said, let’s get going.
Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors that our lives had become unmanageable.
The “we” indicates that this is not a “me” or” I” program. While each of us is different and responsible for our own program, you are not alone. The fellowship is here to support you.
“Admitted”-the use of this word here means more that a casual “I have a problem” or “I need to stop”. What we are actually saying is that we have a conviction that…, we are resolute that…, and that there is no reservation that we are totally powerless over our addiction(s) and compulsive behavior.
Make no mistake about it-unless you are totally convinced that you are powerless over your addiction(s) and compulsive behaviors you might as well stop right now. No, we are not saying give up. But we are saying that until you can absolutely admit that you are powerless over whatever it is that you are addicted to there is no need to continue.
You must be able to admit your powerlessness in Step 1 in order to progress to the next step.
Do not be ashamed or discouraged if you cannot do that yet. It has taken most of us many attempts and a very long time to get to that point. The main thing is to keep at it, never give up and remember that there is no such thing as a hopeless case.
We will pick it up with powerless next time.
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Remember: “It is what it is and “it ain’t nothing but a thing!”