Working Step 1 – The Powerlessness Inventory

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Step 1 reinforces our “moment of clarity,” cementing our desire for recovery.

Being powerless means we have lost control over our sexual behaviors. We engage in these behaviors compulsively, even when we say we don’t want to. And we have no ability to stop our sexual behaviors once we’ve started (at least not until after sex and orgasm). Put simply, being powerless means that despite the promises we’ve made to ourselves and/or others that we will stop our sexual acting out, we find ourselves right back at it.

Just for Today
Think of three examples where you continued in your addiction, even though you wanted to stop.