hello folks....i might be outa order of the board steps others are on but i gotta start at the beginning. anyone wanna join in with me....feel free....
i am powerless over..............
other ppl in general and specifically, the alcoholics in my life.
im as powerless over others as i am when i wake in the morning and look out the window to see what the weather is. i canot change a thunderstorm or blizzard into warm sunshine on a whim. no amount of talking, begging, screaming, or crying will change the weather. the weather isnt phased in the least by my carrying on either. the weather continues to do its thing as it pleases.
if i cant change the weather, how can i expect to change others? gotta ask myself.....what is my motive for even trying to do that?....do i need to play god or guardian angel to other adults?....do i "expect" others to mirror my my personal values, standards, definitions of what fun, love, joy, proper behavior and speech, and use of time is? how can i expect sick ppl to meet my needs, live up to my standards? can i stop someone else's pain for them? can someone else stop my pain for me? no. i have to step up to the plate for myself just like others do for themself. and quite frankly, some ppl never do.
i have 3 alchies and each one sufferes the same illness.....the illness is not the alcohol...the alcohol is a symptom of deeper problems....in maturity, emotions, thinking deficits, spirituality, and life skills. each of the alchies is different.
my son who is now 26, started at 16. he was and still is a run away firetruck going down hill with no breaks. i rode that firetruck for a longgggggg time. a ride i wouldnt recommend to anyone. did alot of damage deep inside me. i did everything humanly possible and then some to "help" him. you can lead a horse to water over and over again. if they dont want to drink they wont. at this point, he would have to straighten himself out first before i would let him back in my life. that is his choice. i have accepted the fact he probably wont make it. i can and do pray. its his choice to kill himself slowly day by day. i finally realized i had a choice. i do not have to watch him do it. he knows where rehab is. letting go can be long road. esp a kid.
if i put the shoe on the other foot......what do i do when someone else tries to change or manipulate me? whow! even if i know im wrong.....i dig in my heels. pride. ego. we all got em! and some more than others. we all wanna be right. even if go along with it, there's the resentment underneath waiting to rear its head anytime.
if being right is causing debbi so much pain? am i sure being right is right for me? maybe i need to let some more things go and check my motives. wind in my neck and look at what is the most important thing.....me. is the A drama right for me? no one else is gonna do it for me. life is short. in a blink today is yesterday.
im finding the more time i put into trying to get in the head of someone else to understand em, make sense of things, figure out a plan that rotates around there addiction or change em , the less time i have to take care of me or meet my own goals in my day and life. my priorites in life get lost. who was i before this? what is the most important things of my day.....regulate A drama, obsess over A drama, wonder what an A is doing when not present? Stew over the messed the A creates and try to make things right? waste my time listening to A babbling and trying to decifer what the truth is in the lies? when i live in my expectations vs what is really happening, i get dissapointed.
one of my favorite sayings......
when i got one foot in the past and the other in the future......i pee all over today.
pls feel free to join in and share your perspectives on this line of thought!....im eager to hear what others have to say.............
Righty this is the first time I done this so here goes,
I am powerless over people
I am powerless over places and things
I am powerless over what others think of me
I am powerless over all thats gone before
I am powerless pretty much over everything sept myself (is that cheating) to just say that?
I am new to the whole concept of Al-anon but grateful that there is hope. I knew it was there but never took advantage of that. I know I am absolutely powerless against alcoholism and addiction because I have been out of control for so long. It seems like my life was always swirling around me at a horrific rate of speed and try as I might I could never get a hold of any bit of control. I felt powerless. I am glad to find out I don`t have to think very hard to accept I am powerless. It is actually a relief. I can quit striving to gain control and just let go. Whew!
I am powerless to change my AH (alcolholic husband) but I can choose to change myself and look for answers. I can choose to hold on to hope for me. I can choose to look after myself and take responsiblity for only those things that are mine to do. I always thought I had to fix everything; make it all better. What a huge joke that was!! I could no more make things better than I could create the world in six days.
I have always believed in a higher power. I just can`t figure out how I missed so much, believed so many lies, so many head games. After many years of dealing with alcoholism I am willing to admit that I also am sick. Prior to the alcoholism, I lived with an abusive step-father (he behaved very much like an alcoholic but he didn`t drink) and never learned how to set boundaries and stick to them. I became the parent person so my mother could be protected and I guess I have to start from that place. I can`t change my past but I can choose my future, one day at a time. I can choose to forgive myself.
I am ready to step out on courage and admit that I am powerless and I am going to examine what that means more deeply and post what I discover about me in my journey.
I wish there were a list of questions to help me work through the steps. I noticed there are lists to help you work through the steps for AA. Does anyone know if the same applies to Al-anon.
I have lupus/fibromyalgia and a couple other secondary problems that keep me in the house for most of the time. I am so grateful to know I can work through my steps on-line instead of waiting until fall when I have more freedom. I hope there are people here to help lead the way. I am looking forward to the journey.
I am powerless over men liking me. I cannot pretend who I am in order to please others, because I put myself at risk i being used by others. For this step to be worked properly for me, I first need to find who I am and what is it that I want for me.
I am powerless over leading my daughter´s life. I have to stop trying to find information on where she is leading her life in order to step in and try to influence on her. I have to step off her back. I need to accept her the way she is and stop worrying about her drinking and relationships. Love her unconditionally but with a responsible love. I cannot lead my life over pleasing her or fulfilling all her needs, she is not a baby anymore.
I am powerless over my business partner´s reactions. His chemistry of emotions is unknown to me, and I am not going to lead my life thinking how to act in order to make him react in such or such way. There is no way I can control that.
I am going to do what I thing is good for myself regardless of others´and his reactions.
I AM powerless over alcohol, and can admit it after trying time after time my plan for controlled ingestion. I am also powerless over what people may look at me and think, may it be good, bad, or otherwise.
been i recovery for 4 years my partner is a sober A slipping and sliding we are seperated.
Step one I am completly powerless IT hurts so much I hate the disease of alcoholism and what it has done to myself and so many people I love. My partner is fighting it today for his life. He can not give me what I need from a partner and I am ashamed to say that I am angrey , and hurts. I know its not his fault thanks to al anon but I am a fixer. I have tried for 7 yeears to make this all better we love each other so much. But I am powerless and my life is so unmanageable.
I walk around with a mask on trying to look in control he he but inside I am amess; I want us to live to gether everything to be o.k I love him so so much. But he is trying to beat this. We cah not even tlk on the phone because we can not stay away and theb ycle starts He feels guilty everytime he hurts me lets me down because od the disease. It destroys are ove. My powerlessness is hurting me so badly. THere is nothing I can do. I love him so much but the disease is so strong. Steo one is smacking me in the face and I hate it. Sorry for the self pity. I need to move on to step 2 and three. I just keep thinking its not gods will for us to be togther and it hurts so much, but I have o trust that hp knows best. Thanks for listening. Hope this site picks up I will try and post more.
hugs tracy xxxxx
Just found this board i am on other boards...but definately on step one.
I am in recovery from alcohol and people. I had been sober for over 10 years and then about 5 months ago I had 1 joint.
As soon as Id had it I knew I didnt want it. The reason I took it was over my co-dependancy.
So I now feel like a total new comer. I have regretted this for ages but I now see that it happened for a reason.
I have gotten back into praying and reading the many recovery books that I have. I intend to do step one from the coda book today and carry on reading homecoming which is helping me a lot.
I never would have thought that I would be back at the beginning but atleast I realise it really is only just for today and that I am powerless over EVERYTHING
Hi MIPs I love the steps and know that recovery is in them so I will again participate.
Hi all sorry i didnt realise this was al anon.. i did not read the heading when i posted. I have tried to erase it a few times but it just comes up again. So sorry to have posted on the wrong topic.
I'm glad to see that John and others are motivating people to particpate on this particular board. In the past, I've come here and got a little discouraged due to low degree of activity. But I hope this all changes, starting now
I've only been attending Al-Anon meetings since March 2011. Prior to meetings, I did a lot of soul searching with a professional for many years.
A few weeks ago, I asked someone to sponsor me; however, she declined due to her circumstances. I only go to one meeting room; so I best attend others to search for a sponsor.
I'm looking forward to participating on this board to share and grow right along with you all.
I am new to Al-Anon. Went to my first meeting yesterday so the steps are very new to me. It is very hard to admit that I am powerless. I still want to try to control my ABF's addiction somehow, but I know I CAN'T. I am new to alcoholism. Never been around it, never dealt with it until this past year. But he is in recovery now, day 24. I am hopeful, but as I said in another post not so naive to believe this is the end of it. I know this is a long hard road. I see how difficult it is for him just to make it through one more day.
But what I do know is this... I have to prepare MYSELF for what comes with it. And I know Al-Anon will help me do that! So hopefully in time I will be able to completely admit that I am POWERLESS, that I have NO control over it.
Oh I am so excited this is here. I want to start back on the steps. I usually wind up doing the 123 waltz and need to find a sponsor. My husband is very active in AA and all of our friends are in the program as well. But I have not been working my own program and find myself feeling sort of left out lol. So I just found this and need to look around but look forward to going through the steps with other in alanon.
I had to respond to your post from the other day and I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I am just rejoining this group after a couple years of not being active in the Alanon program. I completely understand what you are feeling. I was married to an alcoholic for over 13 years and have gone through the "masking" stage pretending everything is okay and carrying the load of the world on my shoulders so noone would know what actually went on inside our house at night when he would come home drunk. Even on those days when he wouldnt drink, the withdrawals were so bad I am not sure which was worse the DT's and hallucinations or the drunken episodes with broken furniture, threats of injury and verbal abuse. It is amazing what we put up with and justify it as being "ok" because we love these people and we want to "save" them, but my old sponsor told me a long time ago. As codependents, or "fixers" are making their disease go on longer by "saving" them or "picking them up" every time they fall. I have been divorced from the alcoholic since 2002 but I cannot sever the ties with him. He is now dying of end stage renal failure and is on dialysis three times a week and as if I dont have enough to do I have volunteered to let him stay at my home because he wouldnt take care of himself if I didnt have something to do with it. My point is this - we are powerless and yet we continue to "fix" or attempt to fix people that only they can fix. Its a no-win situation for everyone. I see my fifteen year old daughter who was raised with a drunk father who "never showed up" and was verbally abusive towards her mother (me). She luckily has a severe aversion to drugs and alcohol and has turned into a very strong young lady. I just want you to know that you are not alone and Alanon is a wonderful program. Can you get to an Alanon meeting? They are even better than online. Write any time if you need to vent
Someone commented about not believing that they were back at step one again. I went to my first alanon meeting 38 years ago and have gone back over the years for various reasons (well actually the same reason just different person in my life) And here I am again, step one. I do not want to be powerless so I keep trying. And how bad would it get if I wasn't always in control! :) Step one is the hardest for me, maybe that is why it is first. Glad to be back.
Do I accept that I cannot control another persons drinking? Another persons behavior?I cannot control anyone else, drinking, behavior or other ways. I have tried so many times to help my husband with his alcoholism and each time I am left feeling badly. I always hope that he will find his way to sobriety (first) and then I hope that we can both work on our relationship, as our marriage has been destroyed, I do pray that we will become friends. I lost interest in my husband. Why did I lose interest I think many reasons and no one reason at first it was the constant drunk ravings that I was cheating on him, and eventually I began to just ignore those I have never considered cheating on my husband. The constant worry if my husband would be drunk or just slightly drunk when it was time to go to bed, and how I felt like just a piece of meat to throw to the side when it is over. It could have been the mood swings, I never knew what to expect and it became scary. I cannot control anyone elses behavior; I can control how I react to their behaviors. I can let them know (politely) how I feel about them.
How do I recognize that the alcoholic is an individual with habits, characteristics, and ways of reacting to daily happenings that are different from mine?
I know when my husband didnt feel like doing anything I got impatient. (I do know most of the time he was recovering from a drunk.) I need to understand that he has a different way to deal with things, as do many people. When he or anyone else, does something that bothers me, I need to realize that they are not me, and they will have different ways to do things. know when my husband didnt feel like doing anything I got impatient. (I do know most of the time he was recovering from a drunk.) I need to understand that he has a different way to deal with things, as do many people. When he or anyone else, does something that bothers me, I need to realize that they are not me, and they will have different ways to do things.
I primary utilize ACA groups, but I wanted to participate in the Al-Anon as well. Since the steps vary just a little, could someone write the Al-Anon steps to start the step discussions so I can see how/if they are different? Also, what are some of the questions to working the steps for al-anon? Thanks!
The 12 Steps are the same, and are listed at the top of this board as a sticky message. In Alanon, there is sometimes a dash or some other indicator of a pause within step 1.
When I started coming into the rooms I heard that the pause is for all the other things we are powerless over...people, places and things. Lol!
It is a GENTLE program, really!
You can find the rest of the steps and other Alanon literature and resources at:
Keep coming back!
Do I accept that alcoholism is a disease? How does that change how I deal with a drinker?I do accept that alcoholism is a disease and no one can control it, especially me. I need to respect the drinkers choices and not try to push my beliefs on them.
How have I tried to change others in my life? What were the consequences?
I tried to tell my husband get sober or lose his family (I did not want to lose my family and he often said he did not either). It did not help matters; in fact I may have made it worse.I really miss my husband right now. This disease has caused me to try and change everything to be perfect and hide the imperfections (my perceived imperfections) in my life and marriage. We have withdrew into our own little world. My husband has continued to drink, and found a new relationship that encourages this in him. I am very sad for him, but I am trying to move forward with my recovery.
How can I let go of others problems instead of trying to solve them?
I can let them know I cannot solve their problems, that I support them in their quest to solve their own problem and step back out of their way.
For me, when children are involved, prayer always is, too. The individual circumstances with children are always complicated.
When it comes to Step 1, all I have to do is admit, own and recognize what I CANNOT do. I cannot take a child from a parent without some pretty serious legal issues coming up. I cannot control how a parent treats a child, except when/if it becomes a legal issue. When that happens, I know what I can and cannot do.
It sometimes helps me that one of the alcoholics in my life when I was a child threatened the lives of my siblings, and another sexually abused me. How does that help? Well, as horrible as those things were, I made it, and my life is pretty wonderful, now. I'm not giving advice, not suggesting you stop caring, or don't do what you know is right. And I also cannot possibliy know what is right in your circumstances.
But, when the worst things were happening in my life as a kid, those around me were powerless to them - mostly because they didn't know about it! If I could ask any adult what to do for a child of an alcoholic or addict, based on my life experience, it would be to get involved enough to know what is really going on, and listen, listen, listen to those children.
I also have been able to foster children who were in really uncomfortable situations. By not offering any judgement or condemnation of their parents, but just actually offering a safe place, and honest love and concern for them, their parents were able to allow me to freely step in.
It's what you do next, that matters.
Thank you, Jules, for starting this again. Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol ~ that our lives had become unmanageable.Do I accept that I cannot control another persons drinking? Another persons behavior?I know that I am powerless over anyone's drinking/addiction. And I refuse to take any kind of responsibility for someone else's "ism." However, when it comes to others' behavior, I have relapsed and continue to have many relapses. I am having difficulty with where control over me and control over my ALO begins and ends. I must be feeling like my life is unmanageable because I find myself despairing over my life.
Hi all I love this idea so I am joining late.
I am powerless over alcohol ~my life had become unmanageable. I accept that I cannot control another persons drinking or another persons behavior.I accept the A's in my life, just the way they are today.I have tried to change others in my life and all I did was make things worse. The consequences were lots of drama and family chaos.
I have learned to meet my own needs and that my A's were unable to do it for me.The A's rarely do what I want and I have Let go and Let God with them.Life has become more serene when I stopped trying to fix and control what I couldn't.
I can let go of others problems instead of trying to solve them by staying on my side of the street and working my program.I came to Al-Anon because my life was severly unmanageable. I hoped to be able to breath again when I found Al-anon and have been able to.My friends have expressed concern about my health and children. They worried for us all living with my exAH and all the fighting and dysfunctions going on in that home.
I know my life is unmanageable when I start spinning and obsessing about things I can't control.I sought approval and affirmation from everyone in my life, until I found Al-anon I didn't trust my own voice. I have gotten better, but still say yes when I want to say no. I sell myself short when I do this.I naturally take care of others, but find it difficult to care for myself.I feel good now when life is going smoothly. I used to continually anticipate problems. I do feel more alive in the midst of a crisis, I think it's from growing up in chaos.I have gotten better at taking care of myself, still needs work.I feel fine when I am alone now.There is a big difference between pity and love. I am attracted to alcoholics and other people who seem to need me to fix them, so I choose to stay single so not to distract myself and start another unhealthy relationship until I know I am ready.I do I trust my own feelings and I know what they are now after attending meetings for the last year.
I am so happy to be doing the steps with you all!
"Recovery isn't winning, it's not playing" and "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"
F.E.A.R. = false evidence appearing real
INSANITY = doing the same thing over nad over again and expecting different results.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol ~ that our lives had become unmanageable.How do I recognize that the alcoholic is an individual with habits, characteristics and ways of reacting to daily happenings that are different from mine?
My alcoholic definitely has his own habits, characteristics and ways of reacting to daily happenings. I have begun to realize that my qualifier has had to learn a new set of social skills. And by socializing with people newly in recovery, I have begun to see that many of them are having to learn the same things.
The qualifier is so controlled by his/her god (alcohol) that everything is centered around that. He/she has no room for anyone else. Even when in recovery, that self-centered attitude is still very evident. And might always be.
I, otoh, am having to learn to be more self-focused. I have been so lost to myself that I am having to relearn what my passions are. I am having to relearn how to take care of myself. I am having to relearn that I am important to.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol ~ that our lives had become unmanageable.Do I accept that alcoholism is a disease? How does that change how I deal with a drinker?I find I easily accept that alcoholism is a disease. I see that my dh comes from a family iwht the disease. Both his parents and his older brother have the illness. Our nephew has the illness as does our youngest child. I am grateful to know that it is a disease. This knowledge hepls me to have compassion for my loved ones while at the same time giving me the strength to do the necessary things for my life and his/theirs.
I am powerless over alcohol.
I am powerless over prescription meds.
I am powerless over my boyfriend's decisions.
I am powerless over my ex-husband's issues.
I am powerless over other people's behaviors.
I am powerless over all diseases.
I am powerless over my addiction to ciggarette smoking.
My life had become unmanageable as I was sinking deeper into a depression, unaware why I just couldn't get happy and things kept going wrong. No matter how hard I tried to make things right, more disaster happened and it caused me more hurt and pain. I had no idea why things felt so bad and why I couldn't get happy. I didn't understand why my bf & I were becoming further apart instead of closer. That no matter what I did, he just seemed to be pushing me further away. Finally, a little light had been shed. He had opened up to me that he was struggling with prescription meds and that led me on a quest... to find out and earn all the knowledge that I am now so grateful to understand.
It led me take off my blinders and see that I was dealing with the disease of alcoholism. It opened up so many new doors for me. I realized that the life I had grown up thinking was "normal" is infact a life filled with "insanity" no matter how "normal" I tried to make it and has relieved me from years of feeling like I was foreign in this world of mine.
Now I see just how functional I am and how sick I was letting myself get by being sucked in from the alcoholism that surrounds me. I could see just how insidious the disease is because I felt "fine" in all other areas of my life. My job hadn't been suffering. I hadn't slacked on taking care of my kid and my adult responsibilities. It was just my intimate relationship that was sucking. The truth, I finally faced after taking off the rosey colored glasses was, that yes, I managed to go to work and perform well (but felt blah inside) and I was being a responsible parent in not neglecting my kiddo (but forced a fun/happy face on at times because I didn't want to show the heartbreak I was feeling), and I continued to manage to keep up on my responsibilities but I had lost my charisma, my spark, i felt like i wasn't fun and that everything around me (except for my kid) was blah. It was then that I knew I needed help. That I didn't want to continue down and admitted that I was depressed. I found the strength to own it by facing my child. He doesn't deserve his Mom to be a mess or feel emotionally unfulfilled because Mom's heart is broken. He has always come first in my world and I needed to make certain that I got out of this funk and make him first - genuinely - without bs-ing myself and the only way I could do that would be to find a way to make me happy again. And I had NO IDEA how to go about doing that. Finally I figured, let me go see what this al-anon thing is alll about.
It has led me to AA and now I'm about to go and check out ACOA. I am happy. I know I have a lot of work to do still, but I feel like more of me is resurfacing.
When I was still in the gutted phase, asking every question, unsure, miserable, scared, hurt, sad, not aware, uneducated, etc... I was driving to work one night and thought "Why can't he just quit?!?!?!" as I was putting a lit cigarette to my lips. My hand and lit cigarette became the most surreal moment of my beginning to understand. As I literally saw my addiction staring me in the face I understood and thought "Duh! That's why..." I had to face the reality that I am an addict - addicted to cigarettes and just like no one could tell me that I have to quit, or make me quit, or get me to quit, the same applies to his drinking and pilling. So I began to genuinely embrace that alcoholism cannot be cured soley by mentally deciding not to drink.
And so I learned that in order for him to get better, he first has to decide that he wants that for himself. Then if he does, he needs help physiologically, psychologically, and socially. I realized the only way I could offer help would fall under the social category and offer support if/when he is ready. Otherwise, it makes no difference in what I do, thus being powerless. Ironically, this is also where I learned that I could, in fact, make things worse. So I continued my quest for learning and growing, so that I could be a positive support if/when that time came. And I do not want to keep him sick.
I'm excited about doing the steps here because I am wanting to grow spiritually and want to continue ensuring that I am taking care of myself. I have to figure out how I can stand by him and be supportive without enabling him to drink. This is a very interwoven area of the disease because it is so complex and intertwined. The lines are very thin and can be easily crossed. So my goal is to decide exactly what my true boundaries are and if I am of better help to stay or better help to end it. But I guess that is why they say not to make any huge decisions for 6 months. It is so complicated and I am determined to stand by him, but I wonder about tough-love versus sitting on a shelf... So hopefully this journey will help me figure things out.
I love my bf - as he is.
I have and continue to grow in my awareness over alcoholism.
I have accepted and continue to grow in acceptance that alcoholism is a disease and the ways that this affects he and I, both as a couple and as individuals.
I accept that I am powerless over alcohol and drugs.
I accept that the man I know he is at the core, under this mess, may never resurface.
I have taken action to remove myself off the sinking ship, to learn as much as I can so I continue to grow and understand, and let go.
I accept that I cannot control his drinking or his fear of giving up drinking.
I accept that I cannot control his choices.
I accept that he loves me to the best of his ability right now.
I accept that he is very sick.
I accept that I own my feelings and actions.
I accept that I am responsible for my feelings and happiness.
I accept that he and I are in different physical worlds at the moment.
I accept that I have gotten off the merry-go-round, and am having fun in the rest of the park while he's continuing to stay on.
I accept that I am powerless over his addictions.
I accept that I am where I am supposed to be.-- Edited by KeepingFaith on Saturday 17th of December 2011 08:55:54 PM-- Edited by KeepingFaith on Saturday 17th of December 2011 09:03:51 PM