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  • Writer's pictureDavid Sklar, PhD, ACSW


Updated: Apr 1, 2020

An understanding of the first step is crucial for maintaining sobriety. A lived understanding of the first step is imperative in continued sobriety. The other eleven steps are not essential for sobriety. They will probably make you a better person living by those steps, but they are not essential, in my practice, for sobriety. What does powerless in relation to alcohol actually mean for us. "Powerlessness means that you are not confused in any way that for you, alcohol is poison", according to google. I disagree. Understanding that alcohol is poison for you is simply not true. Drano is poison for you. Try downing a double shot of Mr. Clean. If alcohol was poison, you would have died a long time ago. Powerless has to do with perpetually starting a journey, having an idea where you want to go but rarely ending up anywhere close. Powerlessness has to to do with a loss of control. Powerlessness has to do with being in that place where you can't really understand anything other then you are Fucked Up. Repeatedly. Sometimes, so gone that you can't remember where you went. Repeatedly. Year after year. Let that sink in, become a daily part of your being, and sobriety is pretty easy.

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