Step 1: “We admitted that we were powerless over our addiction(s)/compulsive behaviors-that our lives had become unmanageable.”
Welcome back folks. At this point in our examination of Step 1 we had a reader to submit a question us. Let’s take another look at that question and review our answer.
Q: “So, are you saying that I have to lose everything in order to recover?”
First, we corrected the misconception that we lose anything due to our addiction/compulsive behaviors. We accomplished this by explaining that we don’t actually lose anything because of our addiction/compulsive behaviors – we actually give them up and/or away. For example; if you are busted due to DUI and your license are taken away, you didn’t lose them. They are either with the police or the courts. If we have been fired or asked to resign from our employment, our position isn’t lost, we just no longer fill it. If we’ve been evicted from our dwelling, it isn’t lost; we just no longer reside there. Get what we’re saying?
After having straightened out that misunderstanding we were then ready to answer the question. Simply put, the answer is No. While we all have to experience our own “rock bottom”, that bottom is different for each of us. So, No, not everyone will have to give up their family, job, vehicle, dwelling, dignity, health etc. in order to Recover from their addiction/compulsive behavior.
Warning!! This brings us to an even more dangerous pitfall concerning our unmanageability and that is where we will pick it up next time.
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