Step 1: “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction(s)/compulsive behaviors-that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Welcome back folks. We began our discussion on “unmanageable” saying that many in our ranks have as much trouble with stating the “our lives had become unmanageable” portion of Step 1 as there are those who struggled with the admitting they were powerless.
Because they had not given everything away due to their addiction, they did not recognize the real “unmanageable” areas of their lives that this Step is talking about. They saw themselves as better or luckier that the rest of us. “We” show up at meeting walking or riding a bike. “We” live in half-way houses or shelters or on the streets. “We” do not have a job, etc. Yet they entered Recovery “intact”.
While a small number of them were truly blessed in that their “bottom” seemed like the sky to most of us, the majority in this group will go back out and/or relapse. Because of their “denial” that this part of Step 1 pertained to them, they mostly ignored it. This is a disastrous pitfall to stumble into. If we are truly “powerless” over our addiction/compulsive behaviors, then every part of every Step pertains to us. Period!!
This “denial” causes this group to Not be able to “completely” give themselves over to this simple program of Recovery. Remember, if the foundation is bad nothing that you try to build on it will last.
That’s where we will pick it up next time.
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