Step 1 in AA Why You Aren’t Powerless

Alexandra is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and has learned the value of recovery and succeeding in whatever she sets her mind to. Her innovative approach as Director of Operations gives her clients a safe and compassionate place at The Freedom Center to begin their recovery journey. The impact of drugs and alcohol on your body over time renders your natural brain functions and mechanisms powerless. To acknowledge the way these substances have impacted your life is to admit that alcohol and drugs have made your life unmanageable and you can’t fix it on your own.

When you are powerless over alcohol, it means you don’t have enough capability to win over something or to control something. You can begin from there and learn how to come back into alignment with yourself, so you no longer need substances to cope with life.

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In this article, we’ll explain the language in greater detail and in simpler terms. And with the help of well-known recovery author Jeff Jay, we’ll also figure out how to actually work the Step and what it’s trying to teach us. I denied myself any amount of genuine success through self-sabotaging; jobs, relationships, and life in general. In time, through trial, error and immense pain, this myth of power became my terrifying reality; spiritual chaos.

  • Step One on your recovery path is surrendering into the reality of the situation that you have lost your power and are willing to get help.
  • God granted us the serenity to accept something we cannot change, and we’re not in harm’s way anymore.
  • We will try to manipulate or orchestrate entire situations because we think we know better.

By practicing abstinence, alcohol cannot wield its power over you. And when you start living a sober life, then you can gradually gain your power back as your power comes from sobriety.

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A veteran of two branches of the U.S. military, Max is continuing his education in administration. Max began his career in the addiction field working as a group facilitator and teacher, developing and delivering a successful faith-based curriculum in a long-term residential treatment setting. Bunmi is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. Bunmi is dedicated to helping her clients reach their full potential and build their toolkit of resources to support their long-term recovery. Admitting to being powerless over alcohol will help a person to recognize that he or she does not have control with their drinking. Denying there is a problem only allows the person to continue their destructive behavior.

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As the Family Nurse Practitioner, Deirdre performs history and physical exams, and works with clients to diagnose and treat dual diagnosis clients. As a part of treatment at MARR, our clients complete a First Step Inventory, which includes examples of powerlessness and unmanageability from various areas of life.

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