If you have ever gone to a meeting of an anonymous group for the cessation of an addiction, you have most likely found out that the first step toward being capable of recovering is to admit that you have a serious problem which has grown to be beyond your power to stop it or manage it. In the case of alcoholism, it is one thing to occasionally have a drink, or even to occasionally get “three sheets to the wind” drunk. But it is another thing entirely when you end up being powerless to the point where you are endangering yourself and other people with your habit, be it alcohol or any other kind of addiction. The addiction you practice is almost the least relevant part of the whole thing.
The most important part of the entire process is taking the step of realizing and admitting that you really do have a problem in your life. They say that in any kind of journey, be it to the fridge or a thousand miles, the first step is what gets things moving. When you really do admit that you are powerless against your habit, you are finally accepting some degree of responsibility for what you do in your life. And for a lot of addicts, it is a serious mental trip to finally admit that they do not have the power.
Once you admit to something of that nature, ironically enough, you start to take back some measure of power over your life. It may sound antithetical to declare that admitting to not having power is the surest route to achieving it, but it is absolutely true. When you understand and admit that there is one area of your life where you are powerless in the extreme, it means that in the area of “what am I doing,” you have finally seized enough power to identify and declare the truth, without trying to justify or mask.