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What Does It Mean to be Powerless Over Drugs and Alcohol?

Recognizing that you are powerless over drug and alcohol use is the first step toward successful recovery. Many people are often wary to admit that they have lost their ability to control their drinking or drug use, but coming to realize that we no longer have control and must seek help allows us to be placed in a position of recovery. It is a courageous step to take and once we recognize we no longer have control, we can begin to take steps toward overcoming our addiction and alcoholism.

At some point along the way, we entirely lose our ability to regulate and control our drinking and drug use. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains that there are three types of drinkers: moderate drinkers, hard drinkers, and those suffering from alcoholism. Moderate drinkers have little trouble giving up alcohol and hard drinkers are capable of achieving sobriety with sufficient reason, even if they are physically dependent on alcohol. Those suffering from alcoholism, however, are entirely unable to control their use. The Big Book explains, “He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose control of his liquor consumption, once he starts drinking.” We may have, at some point in the past, been able to stop using on our own and with sufficient reason. However, once we have passed the point of regaining power, we will never again be able to return to a point where we could moderate our use.

Addiction causes us to place drugs and alcohol as our main priority in life, over careers, relationships, and all else. Many of us have tried countless times to regain control, but inevitable found ourselves drinking or using again in a short time. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Brain changes that occur over time with drug use challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. This is why drug addiction is also a relapsing disease.” Once we accept that we have lost our ability to assert power over substances, and that we cannot successfully moderate or stop, we open ourselves up to receiving the help that we need to achieve and maintain sobriety through recovery.

Your life can become one of hope, faith, and courage in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future on the journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, understands the toll addiction can take on the mind, body, and spirit, and will address all aspects of substance abuse dependency to bring you into a state of wholeness that supports long-term sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431