Step One

“Powerless over alcohol,” I would argue, refers to the original “allergic reaction theory” of Bill Wilson’s physician and mentor Dr. William Silkworth. This pioneer in addiction treatment had come to believe that alcoholics were physically different from non-alcoholics in how their bodies reacted to alcohol. And the neurobiological studies from today’s research are proving him right.

Read more...

What is Step 1 in the Twelve (12) Step Programs

In the recovery community, the term ‘12 Steps’ comes up almost constantly, in one variation or another. In most 12-step meetings, the steps themselves are outlined in banners or boards hanging on the walls, and are recited during the preamble of every meeting. Yet outside the rooms of recovery, the steps are not often investigated…

Read more...

Perspective: Every Journey Begins With a Single Step

Step One is always there, asking more of me than any other step likely will. From my perspective, that’s a good thing, particularly now that I’ve completed my Continuing Care program. I feel like its time to put on my big boy pants and live like a normal person, only not so normal. I heard someone once say that addicts are a little crazy. I can live with crazy, what I can’t live with is the old me, the one that lied.

Read more...

Taking Step One

If you haven’t made the concession of being alcoholic yet, don’t quit! And if perchance you are still drinking, then don’t quit trying to quit! The primary purpose of taking this step is to bring about the conviction and admission that you are alcoholic. Part of your conviction should be the absolute certainty that the next drink will lead to undesirable consequences (to say the least).

Read more...