Archive for the 1st Step Category
The First Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” The principle behind this first step is honesty. Step One also is closely related to Right View in Buddhism. Step One and Honesty The first step is a simple (not easy) declaration of our [...]
An amazing speaker in Alcoholics Anonymous often says, “People come into the rooms for one of two reasons: for relief or for recovery.” I agree with his statement completely, and think that some may come in with a combination of the two, whether or not they are aware of it. [...]
“There is a solution. Almost none of us liked the self-searching, the leveling of our pride, the confession of shortcomings which the process requires for its successful consummation. But we saw that it really worked in others, and we had come to believe in the hopelessness and futility of life [...]
The Twelfth Step states that we must, “practice these principles in all our affairs.” Although it is obvious we learn new principles in the Twelve-Step program, many people are not aware of what the principles really are.
Great post! Thanks for the heads up that this was here; I am glad I read it! I really like the focus on the word “powerless”, as you discussed in the post a little while ago. I think that powerlessness is an interesting word. I do not necessarily agree with [...]
When I first entered the twelve-step community, I learned I was powerless over drugs and alcohol. As it was the first step I took, I learned it quickly. Looking back on my using career, I saw the powerlessness in every aspect of my life. My work suffered, I dropped out [...]