“We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.”
– Step 1, Alcoholics Anonymous
Recovery begins where control ends. We must accept the fact that we have a problem.
Marsha Linehan said it well. “Radical acceptance rests on letting go of the illusion of control and a willingness to notice and accept things as they are right now.”
Step 1 is the only Step you have to work perfectly. Until you recognize that (a) you have a problem, and (b) you can’t do anything about it, you will never know recovery.
Recovery Step: The psalmist said, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3). Say it with me: “I am powerless. God has all power. I will trust him now.”