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Step One Breaking Chains

5/1/20244 min read

STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

Addiction can feel like being trapped in a never-ending cycle, bound by chains that seem unbreakable. Whether it's an addiction to substances, behaviors, or unhealthy thought patterns, it can consume every aspect of our lives, leaving us feeling hopeless and alone. But even in the depths of our struggles, there is Hope to be found in the love and grace of God.

Admitting Powerlessness

Acknowledging powerlessness over addiction can be one of the most challenging aspects of Step One. It requires humility, honesty, and a willingness to confront deeply ingrained beliefs and behaviors. Many individuals struggling with addiction may resist this idea, fearing that admitting powerlessness is a sign of weakness. Denial only tightens the chains that bind us. Admitting our weaknesses and struggles before God is not a sign of defeat but of courage. He already knows our struggles, and His love for us remains unwavering.

Admitting powerlessness does not mean surrendering to the addiction, rather, it signifies a willingness to let go of the illusion of control and open oneself up to the possibility of change. It's about recognizing that despite one's best efforts, the addiction has taken hold and is negatively impacting every aspect of life.

Finding Hope in Surrender

Surrender to God's Grace: We cannot overcome addiction through our own strength alone. It requires surrendering ourselves completely to God and allowing His grace, that is God doing for us that which we cannot do for ourselves. (Ephesians 2:8) In our weakness, His strength is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we surrender control and trust in His power, He can break the chains that bind us.

Surrendering to God is not about giving up control but rather about relinquishing the illusion of control. It is an act of humility, courage, and trust in the belief that there is a greater plan at work. By surrendering to God, individuals find hope in the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is a path to healing and redemption.

Recognizing Unmanageability

Alongside acknowledging powerlessness, there is a need to recognize the unmanageability of life as a result of addiction. This unmanageability can manifest in various ways, including strained relationships, financial difficulties, declining physical and mental health, and an inability to fulfill responsibilities at work, school, or home.

For many individuals, this recognition can be a harsh reality check. It forces them to confront the consequences of their actions and the extent to which addiction has hijacked their lives. However, it is also a crucial step toward recovery, as it lays bare the true extent of the problem and motivates individuals to seek help and change.

The Importance of Step One

Step One lays the groundwork for addiction recovery by breaking through denial and paving the way for introspection and self-awareness. Without acknowledging powerlessness and recognizing unmanageability, progress in recovery becomes nearly impossible. Step One serves as a catalyst for change, propelling individuals toward seeking support, developing coping strategies, and ultimately reclaiming their lives from addiction.

Additionally, Step One fosters a sense of community and connection among individuals in recovery. By sharing their experiences and vulnerabilities, individuals in twelve-step programs create a supportive environment where they can find understanding, acceptance, and encouragement. This sense of camaraderie can be invaluable in navigating the challenges of addiction recovery.

Seek Support: God often works through the community to bring healing and restoration. Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you on your journey towards freedom. Whether it's friends, family, or a support group, having others walk alongside you can provide strength and accountability.

Renew Your Mind: Addiction often begins with distorted thinking patterns. Replace negative thoughts with the truth of God's Word. Allow His promises to penetrate your heart and mind, reminding you of your worth and identity in Christ. As we renew our minds, we are transformed from the inside out (Romans 12:2).

Take One Step at a Time: recovery is a journey, not a destination. Celebrate each victory, no matter how small, and be gentle with yourself in moments of struggle. God's grace is sufficient for each day, and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Keep pressing forward, trusting that God is with you every step of the way.

In conclusion, Step One of addiction recovery is a fundamental and transformative process that involves admitting powerlessness over addiction and recognizing the unmanageability of life. It requires courage, humility, and a willingness to confront difficult truths. By taking this crucial first step, individuals open themselves up to the possibility of change, healing, and a life free from the grip of addiction.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your unfailing love and grace. I confess my struggles with addiction before you and ask for your strength to break free from its grip. Help me to surrender every area of my life to you and to trust in your power to bring healing and restoration. Surround me with a supportive community, renew my mind with your truth, and guide me one step at a time on the path to freedom. May your light shine brightly in the darkness, leading me to Hope and wholeness in you.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

No matter how entangled we may feel in addiction, there is always hope in Christ. His love is stronger than any chain, and His power is greater than any struggle. As we fix our eyes on Him, we can find the strength to break free and experience the abundant life He has promised us.

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The following audio video is from Unshackled Life Ministry, it is about 40 minutes and discusses step one.

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18 (ESV)