Step 1.We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had
How It Works
The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power
of choice in drink. Our so-called willpower becomes practically non-existent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into
our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are
without defense against the first drink.
- A.A. Big Book, p. 24 (Substitute your own addiction for drink if your addiction is different than alcohol)
about Step 1 in the Big Book
Acknowledgment in any area of life is the first and foremost step
to a Better Tomorrow while acceptance in AA recovery is a submittal step, it is a giant jeep guilding us to enduring
those things that we cannot change. We are allowed to take each step seriously implementing them into our life one day at
a time. Once we realized that our disease of addiction was overpowering us, we surrendered to a Power greater than ourselves
to help us understand our place in all this, we come to accept our will alone is problematic. We see what powerlessness over
drugs and alcohol, really means. We received willingly the fact that the 12 Steps could help us to restore our sanity and
recover all that was lost in our addiction. Acceptance facilitates our surrender to something anything better than what we
have been experiencing. Positive change cannot occur without surrendering of our free will and our lives, to what very well,
may save our lives. Furthermore, accepting our self as a recovering addict, or alcoholic. Only then can forward progress commence.
first and hardest step is almost behind us where a brighter, clear sunrise exists. As we emerge from our isolation and stop
resisting change, we allow ourselves to be open-minded towards new ways of living.
We come to terms with What is in our
lives now, not with what was the past, The past is something we cannot redo, we have to act in the power of what we can control.
What should be, is formed by our choices today. We gain hope, trust, and faith in our recovery unlike we could have, because
it’s real it is in us. Our motivation build greater and greater even though we have had to make some changes our motivation
fuels us to do those things that are necessary for positive change and growth to occur. Acceptance keeps us focused on our
A day at a time helps us stay focused on today, Today I will stay clean and sober.
The road to recovery has now begun.
Acceptance is the dawn of a rewarding experience to come.
On our journey in recovery there will arise situations that must be accepted in order for us to have a chance to make improvements.
The Better we get at doing the improvements the easier the improving becomes. However stressful, burdensome or aggravating
a circumstance may be, we must first accept it, for what it is, as it is, that will not be a problem because our judgments
will not be harnessed with the entanglements of addiction. When one door closes another door of opportunity will open, the
change will begin to transforms us. Unless we accept whatever may happen, we won't acquire the opportunity to detect a problem
and achieve a resolution. Another category of acceptance that is vital to our ongoing recovery is self-acceptance we will
start to see what others are seeing in us. If we are insecure with ourselves, or lack self-esteem, then positive growth would
be complicated consisting of more work on our part but will be, we just need to find a strong sponsor. A sponsor is something
you should acquire immediately we here have often interceded until a good Sponsor could be found with in the AA Family finding
a Sponsor could help you in so many ways. Feelings of hopelessness, despair, hate, fear, shame, and guilt would overwhelm
us if we were to try doing everything ourselves. If you have self esteem issues maybe checking into a treatment facility would
better suite your condition. self-acceptance the spiritual segment of our program assists us to overcome our personal insecurities
or hopelessness. Spirituality is where we and people like us come in, we help people learn as we have how to better become
involved in building a firm foundation in a higher power than ourselves.
(The Recovery Site.)
The Teens site still under re-construction
The power of Spirituality
in our recovery is essential as the twelve step program.
Spirituality is an essenctial key to our success, as has
it been just as successful in rebuilding the lives of many men and woman. Thereby
allowing us to use the spiritual principles offered to help us gain self-acceptance. By relinquishing ourselves over to the
care of our Higher Power, we achieve the strength and courage necessary to reclaim hope, peace, self-esteem, self-worth, self-acceptance,
and the drive we need to battle the perils of the moment. By accepting God's guidance,
that guiding direction allows us to grow in all areas of our lives. We obtain the opportunity for positive, productive
change and growth to take permanent place in our lives. For us to enter the realm of
recovery, we must accept that we have an addiction; accept that we are powerless over drugs and alcohol. We are in a place to accept those things that we cannot change; through persistence, acquire self-acceptance to re-establish
confidence in ourselves.
Accept that we must surrender our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand
We must accept the situations and circumstances of the present - thereby further increasing our ability for positive
change. Henry David Thoreau, said; "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned
ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor." When we know better we do better, in the heart of man he wants
his life to walk in/one with the creator, that is his real desire. Working these measures
will pave the way for us to travel along the road to true peace, personal fulfillment, progressive recovery, and, most of
all, ongoing sobriety. Acceptance is an act of will, it allows us the advantage to walk through doors of opportunity
and into Life.