We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
For many, the first of the twelve steps is the most difficult. No one wants to think themselves powerless or their life unmanageable and yet, for alcoholics and addicts, when it comes to drugs and alcohol, there is just no other way to describe it. For some of us, the first step is something that happens without us even realizing it is happening; it happens when we look at ourselves in the mirror one day, then pick up the phone and call a rehab in Los Angeles, or anywhere for that matter, and ask for help.
You can ask just about anyone in recovery, from any walk of life, and they will tell you that asking for help was one of the most amazing things they have ever done.
What does it mean to be powerless? Do you or someone you love have an inability to control their drinking or using? Once it starts, is it difficult or impossible to stop?
What does it mean for your life to be unmanageable? Do you have difficulty paying your bills or showing up for work on time because of your drinking or using? Do you have trouble in your friendships or relationships with your family?
Powerlessness and unmanageability manifest themselves in many different ways and the only thing that is for certain is that admitting that asking for help is the very best thing you can do for your present and your future. In California rehab centers are everywhere and the recovery rate is one of the highest in the country. It is not a coincidence that the most successful of the drug addiction detox and drug rehab centers in California are strongly rooted in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and an understanding that asking for help is part of the miracle that happens when you’ve reached a point where enough is enough and reach out your hand.