†MY ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON STEP ONE
"We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable."
1. Is just an admission of our powerlessness enough?
Step one is the only one I needed to do with absolute perfection to accept and surrender step one is but the very beginning of recovery of a three fold disease all the other steps are useless if we do not surrender and ACCEPT step one I admitted I was an alcoholic some 15 years before I knew what that really was I Guess admitting I was an alkie was just not the same as admitting I was powerless if I wanted to stop I would have to admit that powerlessness I would also have to accept I can't drink in safety ever again what a relief for me to finally accept my powerlessness over drinking
2. Who cares to admit complete defeat?
Well when I finally accepted my powerlessness over alcohol I also admitted my life had became unmanageable this in no way was complete defeat of my whole life it meant I had let alcohol rule my life for far to many years yes alcohol had me defeated but the program gave me hope to change
3. Is the Admission of powerlessness the first step to liberation?
To me it was acceptance of my disease that freed me from the bondage of myself and that did mean I had to admit I was powerless in order to accept I had a disease in the first place working step one was the first step to my liberation and I needed to work on the next step all the way to the 12th step to really be librated and spiritually fit to live in society
4. What is the Relation of humility to sobriety?
I donít think I could have hit a bottom unless I felt the pain, shame, guilt and humiliation of my disease I could not even try to practice the A.A. program I know I did not want to become rigorously honest and who could ever be tolerant of other they wanted me to admit my faults to another person and make restitution for harms done well with out finding humility I could not have ever faced myself mush less anyone else I needed humility to stay sober
5. What is the Relation of Mental obsession and physical allergy?
When challenged to admit defeat or surrender to alcohol sponsor told me that I am the victim of a mental obsession so subtly powerful that no amount of human willpower could break it
You cannot beat this compulsion by will power alone, my sponsor like so many others in recovery, pointed out the sensitivity to alcohol an allergy, they called it and then told me It was a fact that alcoholics almost never recovered on their own will power
6. Why must every A.A. hit bottom?
The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.'s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking Who cares anything about a Higher Power, let alone meditation and prayer? Who wants to sacrifice time and energy in trying to carry A.A.'s message to the next sufferer? No, the average alcoholic, self-centered in the extreme, doesn't care for this prospect unless he has to do these things in order to stay alive himself that summed it up for me alone I could never do this together as a fellowship I could and I would help carry the message to ensure my own sobriety
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