“The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our so-called will power becomes practically nonexistent. We are unable, at certain times, to bring into our consciousness with sufficient force the memory of the suffering and humiliation of even a week or a month ago. We are without defense against the first drink.” – The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 24
This is a near-terrifying thought. We are being told that there is no way to safeguard ourselves against the substance(s) that call to us. The drink and/or drugs which whispers in our respective ears, beckoning us to repeat the insanity that initially brought us to this Los Angeles alcohol rehab.
What can we do to keep ourselves safe and sound? We may read that it is beyond our power to control ourselves and that no other human power can keep us sober. We may hope and pray that we’ll be brought to a place of sanity though we know not how.
Here is where the staff at this California alcohol rehabilitation center can direct us toward a way to tap into a Power greater than ourselves. In using their suggestions, we may move toward this Power which can allow us to begin the building of a sturdy foundation on which our shaky legs start to learn to stand.
Connecting with this Power seems to be one of the only ways to stave off the drink and/or drug. At any time we may suffer from a strange mental blank spot regarding the damage we’ve done while drinking and/or using. That momentary lack of memory coupled with relying only on ourselves may immediately precede our imbibing. In tapping into this Power greater than only ourselves, we may be given a reprieve from destruction. It is during this reprieve where we may be able to help others and stop crushing our lives, the lives of all the people we touch, and, many times, the people with whom our people are in contact. It is the tapping into this Power, whatever Power that is to which one connects, that may very well keep us from reaching out for that first drink.