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Step One: Powerless and Unmanageable 

Written by Valiant Living Recovery on Friday, January 10th, 2020

One of the biggest truths to face in a recovery program is to admit that you are powerless over drugs or alcohol. One of the hardest realities to find when you are trying to get sober from drugs or alcohol is that your life has become unmanageable. Sure, you can see where drugs and alcohol have taken over your life to render you powerless over them because you can no longer say no. The kicker, however, is that you are functioning just fine thank you very much. There is no way for you to believe that your life has become unmanageable. 

You have money in the bank, a job, a car, a house, a cell phone, a family, and everything else that every “normal” person has. The problem that you may fail to see is those priveledges are getting closer and closer to being taken away the longer you stay active in your addiction. You have not come to the absolute acceptance that you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and need help to stop. 

What does Step One entail?

Coming to the realization that you have a problem with drugs and alcohol is the mainstay of this step. Understanding that drinking and using is the cause of you to being out of control and creating an unmanageability. Understanding manageability simply means that if you are not sober, you are less likely to have order in your life. Step One gives you the opportunity to make a decision that you will not let drugs and alcohol overpower everything else in your life any longer. The thought process behind Step One is that this is the only step you have to do perfectly one day at a time. If you do not pick up drugs and alcohol, you cannot get drunk or high which gives you a better chance to manage your life. 

What will Step One do for your recovery?

Numbing out on the effects of drugs and alcohol during an addiction means that paying your bills, having healthy relationships, and taking care of hygiene become lower priorities compared to consistently staying under the influence. On top of your responsibilities piling up, so will your emotions and spirituality. Step One gives you the freedom to get out from under the things which are holding you back from having the sober life you wish to attain.  

Offering a full range of recovery and mental health services, Valiant Living offers “Expanded Recovery” to enrich our clients’ lives in mind, body, and spirit. Through evidence-based therapy options and the endless adventure of Colorado, Valiant fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power. With the power of recovery, clients are restored to full health and experience life-changing healing. Call us today for more information: 303-536-5463