The following is an email from a friend I have not seen in over 55 years. We recently reconnected on social media and when he saw my blog page, he responded.
With Joe’s permission, I am re-posting his First Step experience. —
Step One of road to Recovery, ADMITTING MY POWERLESNESS OVER ALCOHOL, AND OUR LIVES HAD BECOME UNMANAGABLE. The hardest words I ever had to speak —
“My name is Joe S and I’m an Alcoholic.”
But it was a powerful breakthrough. First time in my whole life, I ever admitted that John Barleycorn [a description of malt liquor] was my MASTER, AND I WAS POWERLESS TO STOP DRINKING.
I was tongue-tied and sweating up a storm. I was greeted with great fervor into the fellowship. Now that I ADMITTED I HAVE A Problem, how do I STOP?