Admitting that you are an alcoholic is difficult. As stated in step one( Twelve and Twelve)” who cares to admit complete defeat? Practically no one, of course. Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness. It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us”.
Before some reach the point of admitting defeat, often there is a need to weigh the pros and cons of getting help against the pros and cons of staying in the clutches of ones addiction to alcohol. The tipping point, the final convincing link, may be as heartbreaking as your child’s tears or as terror inducing as facing time in jail. The best time to enter treatment is when you are ready to make a sincere effort to change.
Until one is committed……………..there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: “the moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too” All sorts of things occur to help one that otherwise would not have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material incidents, which no one could have dreamt would have come their way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1832)