Sunday, 26 November 2017

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ADMITTING POWERLESSNESS

Admission


If “admitting powerlessness” is still irritating to some of us, we’re not alone. This aspect of AA is even criticized at times. It sounds to some like an unnecessary admission of weakness.

But we often admit powerlessness in other situations. We call the doctor because we are powerless to provide our own treatment. We seek advice and help on other matters. Why is it so bad to admit that we’re powerless over alcohol?

Our trouble with this admission may be caused by false ideas about the nature of alcoholism. We may still feel that our wholeness as people somehow is wrapped up in an ability to drink in moderate amounts. Being able to “hold our liquor” or drink socially may still hold some importance for us.

As soon as possible we need to rid ourselves of these false ideas. Admitting powerlessness in AA is not an admission of total weakness. It is actually the key to finding real power and purpose, perhaps for the first time in our lives.

Since I’ve admitted powerlessness over alcohol, I’ve found new powers and opportunities in following the program. As a result, I’ll remember that I’m a more effective person.

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