Matthew 9:36

"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them,

because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."

Step 1:

We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies - 

that our lives had become unmanageable.

 

Step 1 asks us to confront the chaos and the unmanageability of our dependent life-styles.

The paradox of every addiction is that the more we try to compulsively control ourselves and

others through the practice of the addiction, the more out of control our lives spin.

 

In what counterfeit ways do we seek for interior security through codependent manipulation of 

the outside world?  

 

We may struggle desperately through our perfectionism or workaholism to win the praise and

approval of our fellows.  

 

We may become preoccupied through hypochondria with health and bodily functions in pursuit of a kind of physical immortality and invincibility.

 

We may strive to shore up our own fragile self-esteem by allowing a love partner to become the

only source of affirmation for our worth.

 

In the depths of our dependency, we are likely sheep, "weary and scattered."  Scripture assures us

that the True Shephard, Jesus Christ, views this human discord and fragmentation with deep

compassion.

 

Twelve Step recovery allows us to confront compassionately but firmly our own human

unmanageability.

 

<source: at pp.13, Serenity: A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery, 1990>

 

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