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The Perfect Step

We are not perfect beings. In fact, we are far from it. Imperfection is what makes us unique, and being human is what makes the idea of being wholly perfect unattainable. There are some things however, that we can do perfectly. We may not be perfect, but we do have the ability to take action toward perfecting bits and pieces in the puzzle of life. Take the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous for example. There is no expectation that you or anyone else will do all 12 steps perfectly. Why? Because we’re human, we all do things a little differently, and what may be a perfect fit for you, may not be so for the next person.

There is one step however, that must be done perfectly. The first step, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable,” is the only one that can make or break the rest of the steps. It’s no coincidence that all journeys start with the first step, and the first step in Alcoholics Anonymous happens to be the most important. Step one focuses on being honest, truly honest, with yourself. If you can’t stop drinking once you start, and mentally obsess over the next drink, you are powerless over alcohol. Powerlessness means using against our will. If you can fully admit to yourself that you have no control over alcohol and that your life is unmanageable when you drink, you are well on your way to completing a successful first step.

People who go back out and drink tend to have the idea that they can take back this false power of control over alcohol. Any true alcoholic will tell you that drinking never gets better, only worse. If you never want to be in the situation of desperation again, make sure you do the first step perfectly. Find a sponsor that will take you through steps one through twelve. If you are solid on the first, and you don’t drink or use through the next eleven, you are doing recovery right.

If you are ready to take your first step toward recovery, call the Serenity Recovery Center. The only thing you have to do perfectly right now, is pick up the phone. You have the opportunity to live your life free of addiction. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can do this. You can recover. Call now.