Weekly Focal Point
“Owning our own story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will be discover the infinite power of our light.”
~ Brené Brown ~
Twelve Step Series: Step One
Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.
“Freed from the obsession with another person, we could focus our attention on ourselves. We looked at how our lives had become unmanageable. How did we change our negative attitudes? How did we find the path to self awareness? What actions did we take to change ourselves for the better? How and where did we get the help we needed? Our answers lay in taking the Twelve suggested Steps toward recovery, which had been used successfully by others with similar problems. We began with the Cornerstone of them all: Step One. Some order came out of chaos. It became easier and easier to accept the idea we could take charge of ourselves. Each time we detached we moved forward. With our admission that we lacked power over alcohol, that we lacked the ability to direct other people’s lives, and that our lives were unmanageable, we became ready to look beyond ourselves for the strength we needed to live a new way of life.”
(Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 9)
3 C’s of Al-Anon
- We didn’t CAUSE it
- We can’t CONTROL it
- We can’t CURE it
AND WE WON’T CONTRIBUTE TO IT TODAY
***New Family Meeting will take place on February 23rd at 7 p.m. CST via Zoom***
Considerations for the Week
- Have I considered the possibility that I need a support system of my own such as an Al-Anon Family Group or another fellowship to help me successfully navigate the journey in family recovery?
- Has my past experience of attempting to overcome the effects of substance use disorder on my own proved beneficial to me? Am I now willing to take action in a different direction?
- Do I know that I am a person worthy of healing and experiencing a life of freedom, just as my loved one is?