- Step 1
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
This cycle of lies and keeping secrets can go on for years and that in itself can create an atmosphere that actually causes the situation to deteriorate faster. Even the children get caught up in the lies. It's a family disease.
The family can become totally controlled by diseased thinking. Although the illusion of control may continue, their lives become unmanageable, because alcohol is really in control. It is cunning, baffling, and powerful.
But recovery for the entire family can begin when someone finally breaks the cycle of denial. That first step begins with admitting powerlessness. Finally being honest about the situation. How does that work?
Their stories about how Step 1 has worked in their lives begin here:
More about Step 1
"I actually asked, What do you mean my life is unmanageable?"
Stop The Pain
"At the end of my drinking, I could only manage to ask for help. I had given my adult life to drinking."
A Rude Awakening
"I can only say that I am grateful for everything AA has done for me, and indeed, I owe everything I have to AA."
Illusion Of Power
"I had to admit and still do, that on my best day, I could do nothing about my loved-one's drinking."
"The first step has lead me to an unbelievable life. The first step was the beginning to help me believe in a higher power."
"Today I don't have to admit that I am powerless over alcohol everyday of my life -- I get to admit it! There is so much freedom in that spiritual concept."