Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable

“Who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.”

But we have warped our minds into just such an obsession, and it can only be removed by an act of Providence.

Step One is perhaps the hardest Step to take; largely because it took so long to get to the point where taking the step became so necessary. We addicts have run our own show for so long, that many of us know no other way. One quick look at where we are, however, and it’s clear we’re running our own show right into the ground.

That’s why so many folks don’t take this Step until they hit rock bottom. Habits are too familiar, delusions are too strong, our ego too adamant to admit having to change, let alone to make the changes necessary to effect recovery.

But if it takes rock bottom to get to Step One, our rock bottom “admissions turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives can be built.” Step One is where we go from shaky ground to solid footing, and where we begin to see a way to change our lives.

And, as AA’s corresponding Tradition makes clear, it is most definitely about us -- all of us.

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity

Everyone of us in the program owes our lives to everyone of us in the program. Indeed, taking that First Step is synonymous with accepting that first hand. In admitting our powerlessness, we admit that we need help. And who better to come to our aid than one who’s been there?

“On anvils of experience, the structure of our Society was hammered out,” reads the 12 & 12.

If Step One is the foundation upon which we stand; Tradition One is that upon which said foundation gets its strength. Alone we are powerless (we’ve already admitted as much); united, though, we are all powerful.

While undergoing addiction treatment at Recovery Boot Camp, you’ll quickly learn there’s no need to ever be alone again.

We at Recovery Boot Camp firmly believe in -- and adhere to -- the 12 Steps, Traditions and Principles established by Alcoholics Anonymous, for one very simple reason -- They. Work. Wonders.

(Inspired by -- and taken from -- The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.)

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