The First Step of AA: It’s All Downhill from Here



“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable”. To a normal person, this sounds like a simple, painless action to take, requiring little effort or sacrifice. For those in the depths of active addiction, however, this is often the most difficult step of all. Addicts and alcoholics have developed a strong bond with their substance of choice, and their disease has blinded them to reality, making them believe their only source of peace and comfort is found in a bottle, bag, or needle. This first step is all the more important, as these misguided beliefs surrounding an addict’s substance of choice must be obliterated if recovery is to be achieved.


The purpose behind the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous is to force the substance abuser to accept the reality of their situation and let go of the idea that drugs and alcohol are the