Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1st Step

The speaker chose the 1st Step, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable,” as the topic at today’s Christmas 12-step meeting.  It was fitting because 95% of those at the meeting were newcomers in their first months of sobriety.

One man spoke of his powerlessness over alcohol as he described his drinking adventures. He’d lost everything more than once. He's been to jail, placed in mental institutions, and divorced twice. He said it was clear he was powerless over alcohol, based on his experiences. Others shared similar stories. While their experiences were different, the outcomes were always the same: they lost everything over and over.

A man with over 10 years of sobriety said that, in his opinion, the first step is the only one we have to do perfectly. Because if we realize we're powerless over alcohol then maybe we won't be tempted to pick up a drink again. 

We'll understand the consequences of that first step into insanity.