Alcohol Treatment Programs in Virginia often focus on Step One of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first step states that “we admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.” The first part of this step for an alcoholic indicates that he or she acknowledges that taking the first drink means that sooner or later they cannot control or limit the amount of alcohol intake. The second half of step one demonstrates that as a result of this drinking there is so much going on in their lives that they just cannot handle it. Everything now seems too overwhelming to cope with!
Admitting being powerless over alcohol and accepting this idea is key to living sober. One must be willing to change. One must not entertain the idea that they can one day control their drinking on a long term basis. An honest look at one’s drinking history will prove that controlled drinking just hasn’t been the case. The thought that one’s drinking habits will change is not truly accepting the first part of step one.
Admitting and accepting that our lives have become unmanageable really is a step in the right direction. Think about it for a moment. If one admits and accepts this idea then one becomes willing to learn new ways of “dealing” with life’s challenges. For instance, alcoholic drinking is often the cause for not performing simple tasks such as showing up for work or returning a phone call. Drinking prevents the individual from managing life as it happens. A news article demonstrates how alcohol causes chaos in one young man’s life. In a 12 step program one becomes teachable and is willing to try new things to improve basic coping mechanisms.
The reason Alcohol Treatment Programs in Virginia focus on this step is that because it is the one step that every alcoholic must take everyday. It’s often said in Alcoholics Anonymous, “no matter what…just don’t pick up that first drink and you won’t get drunk!” If an individual can do this on a daily basis then he or she might be intrigued to work on the remaining 11 steps of AA and continue learning the guidelines for long term sobriety.