Steps To Recovery: Step 1 to 3

Posted by Jeff | Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Step 1: I must admit that I am powerless over the addiction.

Whether its substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.) or other forms of abuse or addiction (addictive use of credit cards, evil pleasure, etc.) the first step is admitting that what you have is a problem and has become unmanageable. Many times, those needing recovery deny that there is a problem. While those who admit that there is a problem, think that they can still manage the problem. People who get to this first step often have to go through the painful process of getting broken by the consequences of their choices. Whatever leads to this step, this is very important in starting the recovery process.

Step 2: Recognize that there is a greater power (God) that can restore you or your situation and commit yourself to Him.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens” us. We are powerless over addiction or any sin. It is only through Christ that we become victorious over sin, and not even because of anything we do but because of what He did on the cross. Confess your being powerless over sin and ask Him to forgive you.

Step 3: Make a moral inventory of yourself and examine past errors with the help of a more mature accountability partner.

This is the act of confessing to another person who is more mature and trustworthy, after having made the confession to God. The best accountability partner is someone who has “been there, done that” so you can be better understood and can relate well to each other.