The Role of Powerlessness in Recovery

The first step in Alcoholics Anonymous is, “We admit we are powerless and that our lives have become unmanageable.” The word “powerless” comes into question quite often. Some believe that the word characterizes an addict as being weak. Not so. The intention of using the word is to set-up the spiritual foundation of the program which emphasizes reliance on a higher power. This connection with a higher power has helped thousands of people in A.A. make healthy choices where they couldn’t before.

How it Works:

When one admits that they are powerless it helps them to reflect on the actions they have taken in their addiction. People easily admit that they didn’t want to drive drunk and hit someone, make a scene at their sister’s wedding,

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