Why is step 1 of the 12 steps method of recovery oftentimes the hardest step for a person to take? Before we delve into that, you may be asking what the first step of the 12 steps is.
Step 1: Admitting that one cannot control one’s addiction or compulsion
So, to admit that you are addicted is to admit you are not in control. That is a scary notion for most people in the world. To feel in control is to have power, to have “it all together.” If you are not in control, it’s like admitting that you are powerless or that you cannot manage yourself around the alcohol that you are addicted to. Maybe you don’t care what other people will think of you and whether or not you are in control. But admitting to yourself that you are not in control may be the most difficult thing to do.
What many people don’t realize is that once they can admit that there is a problem that they cannot control, freedom from alcohol begins. Freedom comes after you admit that you need help to control your addiction. Thankfully once you admit that you do need help; more than likely, people will be more willing to help you. If you keep denying your addiction, there may be less people willing to help you.
Why is Step 1 of the 12 steps so important?
Simply put, if you aren’t ready for Step 1, then you aren’t ready for treatment. If you cannot admit that you have a problem, and think that you can handle your drinking on your own, your chances of successful recovery are extremely low. If you think that you can stop whenever want, then do it. What you may realize when you try is that you cannot stop and really need help to do so.share