Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step One of any Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)-inspired addiction recovery program is all about denial; that is, stepping out of denial.
When it dawns on us that we have a real problem, a big problem, a really big problem, beyond our own ability to solve, we’re poised for Step One.
Actually, this is the starting point for any healing plan of action, from any obsessive, addictive, compulsive, or self-destructive habit.
It is the hardest yet the easiest step.
This is because to get to this point we have lost every remnant of pride and confidence and hope. We’ve reached absolute desperation, rock-bottom, a low below any low we’ve ever hit.
It might be the very first time we’ve ever been completely honest with ourselves.
But the Good News is that there is now only one way to go: up. Because we are ready to ask for and accept help. We are ready to believe that there is someone or some power, greater than ourselves, which- or who – is willing and able to save us.
Have you found yourself here? Are you there right now?