“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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