Step 1 is about humility. To psychologists this is old fashioned. They believe people should be told they do have the power to change. But a spiritual outlook believes that one should begin with an admission that the ego alone is powerless and needs an infusion of a power greater than itself. So this step is your admission that you need help; that left to your own devices, you cannot confront your disorder. It is that simple. It is sort of like wiping the slate clean so God can draw a new picture of your life. The ego deflation of the first step makes it easier for God to work with you. If you disagree with this concept, then the steps are not a good treatment model for you. To "work" the first step I would like you to begin your journal by writing about when you powerless over you compulsions whatever they are. In the beginning you may have had a choice, but at some point you lost your ability to say "no" and I want to hear about this. You can list every event or just give some examples.
Once you have in writing examples of your powerlessness, talk about this subject in general. Share you ideas about how you got to this point.
When you are finished declare to me that you are powerless. Make it a declarative sentence. "I am powerless [at the point I reached out for help] over my compulsions and my life [to one degree or another] has become unmanageable.
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2020 19:03:06 GMT -8 by Susannah
Post by loveanimals on Jan 29, 2020 7:36:01 GMT -8
I guess I'm also combining as I have a food addiction issue, too. I have made the decision to start attending OA meetings as well. I feel like I've become:
Lost the ability to maintain a healthy relationship with food Lost the ability to maintain boundaries with relationships Lost the ability to handle breakups Lost the ability to prevent obsessions Lost the ability to prevent long distance obsessions to the point of traveling to meet the person
and my life became unmanageable with severe depression, anxiety, loss of self esteem, emotional security, and financial security.
I am powerless on January 29, 2020 over my compulsions and my life [to one degree or another] has become unmanageable.