Step 1

We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable

About Step 1, from Fr. Martin


Fr. Martin presents an overview of Step 1 and the common experience that even though the first step may appear obvious to an addict or alcoholic, that it also may be the most difficult step to take. More information is available at fathermartinmedia.org.

Click the appropriate View button below to watch the associated video. Note that these videos are provided not so that you will totally agree with every one of them since each video may be presented with a somewhat different perspective on a Higher Power. Hopefully you can feel kinship with one or more of the perspectives, however, and thereby gain some guidance. The goal is for you to be able to work the program effectively and find a fulfillment of the the 12 step promises in your life.


Bernard

Bernard Robeson presents an overview of working Step 1 and the way in which even the phrasing in Step 1 is an encouragement.

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Sober MD

Dr. Douglas Cook shares how the 12 steps has been effective for his patients and himself, and the importance of admitting powerlessness.

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Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen is a Yoga teacher in Los Angeles specializing in addiction recovery. He talks about Step 1 and how Yoga practice can help.

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Mormons

David talks about his addiction to sex and pornography and how that led him to admit his powerlessness and his need for help.

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John Anthony

A Church of God minister talks about powerlessness over addiction and how the love and peace of Jesus can deliver us.

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Granite Recovery Center

Rehab Center

Staff talk about compulsion in the body, obsession in the mind, and restlessness, irritability and discontent in the emotions.

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Doug Weiss

Sex addiction expert Dr. Doug Weiss talks about how the "We" in the first step means that addicts have difficulty finding freedom on their own.

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Dr. K.J. Foster

Counselor Dr. K.J. Foster talks about the "We", the "Powerlessness", and the "Unmanagability" of Step 1 and the critical parts of working step 1.

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12 and 12

Reading about Step 1 from the original classic text Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, also known affectionately as the 12 and 12.

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