Let's start 2011 off right, each month we will talk about the 12 Steps of A.A. one Step at a time and how you too can find healing and Recovery from Alcohol Abuse. Alcoholics Anonymous is a wonderful fellowship of men and women who share the same desires, they want to stop drinking. Working the 12 Steps from A.A. has helped thousands of people achieve a normal and happy life without the need of alcohol. They not only help themselves but help each other to stay sober through example and friendship, one day at a time!
Start The Year Off Right and STEP Into Recovery Through AA
Yesterday's gone and Tomorrow isn't here yet, you too can become a sober and recovered alcoholic; Just take the First Step. For most people the Holidays are a special time of the year and even though it can be exhausting and expensive we look forward to them from year to year. When the holidays are over we reminisce about the good food, the cute things that grandma or grandpa may have said or done, and how cute the little ones were opening their gifts or eating the wrapping paper. Even though holidays can be stressful, they're also full of memories and warm feelings for many people.
Sadly that's not the case for everyone, there are a lot of reasons many people struggle during the holidays because of situations beyond their control. Holidays can be sad and lonely during these times for those who have lost a loved one or friend. Broken relationships can be hard enough and during this time of the year and not everyone can enjoy the holidays because of sadness, depression and stress.
But then there are those people who tend to enjoy the holidays and celebrations a little too much. Not only did they drink too much and over-do-it as normal, they can't even reminisce because they don't remember much after the party or festivities got started. I think we probably all know someone that fits into this category and realize that they have a problem with alcohol and wish they would get help.
Do you see yourself in this category? Ask yourself these few questions and if you can answer yes to most of them, maybe you need help too.
- Did I enjoy a few drinks during the holidays and was it easy to stay within my limits or is it that once I took my first drink I lost control as normal, lost count, and attempted to get 'wasted' as the day or evening went on?
- Were the holidays this year a blur and how much of the party, celebration, or festivities do I remember?
- If being truly honest with myself, is the first drink I consume really the dangerous one because all self-control is gone from there?
- When finally sobered up are you down, depressed, miserable and realize that you need to stop and that you just can't do this to yourself or your loved ones anymore?
- Or, do you look forward to the holidays, celebrations, get-togethers and festivities because it's another reason to drink and get 'liquored up'?
If some of these questions or all of them sound familiar and relate to you, you're not alone and yes, you need help.
It's not easy asking yourself these questions let alone answering them honestly. It doesn't matter how old you are either, there are thousands of young people as well as adults who are problem drinkers, dependent on alcohol and in need of help.
This Blog will be the 1st of 12 discussing alcohol abuse and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.). Each month we will go over a new step and hopefully you or someone you care about will find the help needed in your life where alcohol is concerned.
The Twelve Steps from AA have been responsible for saving many lives, relationships, and families from the pain, sadness, torment and depression the illness of alcoholism inflicts on them. These steps are designed for those that abuse alcohol to take a deep, hard, and honest look at themselves and the relationship they have with alcohol.
The 12 Steps aren't easy but neither is; dying a slow death inside and destroying relationships with loved ones and friends, 'one day at a time'. It's also not easy trying to convince yourself that the whole world is crazy and that you're the only one on 'planet earth' that's sane. Don't wait until you've lost it all, until you're forced into getting help, or until you have possibly taken some innocent person's life by choosing to drink and drive…Get Help Now!!
There are Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship programs throughout the United States, let this be one of the best choices you ever make!
The 1st Step
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable. Alcoholism is an illness that affects not only the alcoholic but everyone in their life. This illness affects people of all ages, social, economic or cultural backgrounds.
This step is one that doesn't come easy at first and there are a lot of people that struggle getting past this first step. Denial is a big part of alcoholism and addiction, and it's not an easy barrier to break through. While drinking and abusing alcohol denial is one of the alcoholic's best friends. Getting past this first step means that the 'denial' wall or barrier the alcoholic surrounds themselves with has to be broken and torn down and that they're in charge of doing it.
We are all different in how we think, feel and interpret life, but I think admitting we have a weakness and that we are powerless over something as small as a liquid beverage is a little hard to swallow and accept. It's hard to admit that something in life can have such an emotional hold on us and that it's bigger, stronger and more powerful that we are.
To be able to say that I'm powerless over alcohol when I'm 'drinking' might be easy for some to admit but, to being powerless when 'sober' is not quite so easy. And then it's one thing to be able to say it but quite another to believe it.
The interpretation that 'our lives had become unmanageable can vary from one alcoholic to another. Some say that their lives were unmanageable if they didn't have that 'stiff drink' first thing in the morning to start their day off. Others view their day or life unmanageable if they didn't have that drink to look forward to after work or in the evening after the little ones were tucked in for the night.
Still others say their lives became unmanageable if they had the few drinks that they were too 'weak' to deny themselves of. The bottom line is that because of their inability to control alcohol in their lives and their compulsive need for it, their lives became unmanageable.
Once the wall of denial has been chipped away and the alcoholic is able to see the role alcohol has played in their lives the end result is the same, we are not alone and; "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol- that our lives had become unmanageable".