06 Oct Step one of Alcoholics Anonymous – are you powerless?
Step one of Alcoholics Anonymous – are you powerless? Has your life become unmanageable?
Here is another podcast featuring Jon who has his own blog at https://jonsleeper.wordpress.com . We discuss the pros and cons of step one of alcoholics anonymous and why we both ended up using solutions which involve self empowerment rather than simply going to AA and working the 12 steps. I certainly felt step one was true when I joined AA, and my life was certainly unmanageable and it was so hard to stay stopped from drinking, that the idea of powerlessness also seemed to be accurate. As time went on, I questioned if it was still a good idea to view myself as powerless over alcohol and if I was better off regarding myself as somebody who had beaten alcoholism.
I left AA after about 18 months and made use of a variety of solutions to stay sober, but Jon stayed a member for over a decade and helped many others in the fellowship and has good knowledge of the steps. We can both see good and bad things with this idea. Critics of AA always make a big point about this idea of powerless being wrong, but I personally think it depends on where you are with your recovery. People can take the powerless idea too far. I think the idea of seeing my unmanageability actually helped me stop. This step is very much a gateway into the 12 step programme, and does require a shift in thinking, which for some is the first stage in beating alcoholism in the longterm.