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Step One

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 12 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Alcohol

Twelve Step Program

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

As Alcoholics and Addicts who regularly attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or some other Twelve Step program, we have all heard it, refuted it, thought about it, laughed at it and, if you are anything like me, eventually accepted it!

That is correct, I am powerless, not just over alcohol and prescription pills, but I am particularly powerless over people, places and things.

To be honest, now that I have reached a point where I no longer desire the consumption of alcohol or prescription pills, all my problems or issues with life concern an inability to accept persons, places or things as they are.

Case in point, this morning, I am walking back from purchasing my morning coffee, and for some reason my coffee continued to drip from beneath the lid of my coffee cup.

Like an impetuous child, I became so frustrated, as I used napkin after napkin to wipe away the dripping coffee.

I did not want to admit that perhaps I put too much crème in my coffee…..that I filled it to the brim and that was why it continued to drip to my dismay.

It was insane but I had a resentment toward a cup of coffee!

To be matter of fact, anything or anyone who is not behaving just as I expect it or them to behave sends me into an emotional tailspin.

This is where the problem lies, in an inability to control my emotions regarding people, places and things.

As I learn to accept and stop long enough to admit powerlessness that is when the frustration disappears.

In admitting powerlessness, the alcoholic and addict can then accept any given situation, at least for the time being. Consequently, she finds peace and serenity.

Admitting powerless is a lot less expensive than maintaining a drug or alcohol habit to dull our emotions.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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