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  • 012 - Admitting That Our Lives Have Become Unmanageable - The 1st Step

012 - Admitting That Our Lives Have Become Unmanageable - The 1st Step

Saturday 4th January 2020

Fr. Christophe Lepoutre continues to explore the 1st Step of the Twelve Steps of Recovery in this episode of Healing Addictions II. Learn why admitting that our lives have become unmanageable is crucial in the journey of recovery. Listen to the full episode here on alcoholfree.com
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Healing Addictions II
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Fr. Christophe Lepoutre and Ancient Faith Radio
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The Importance of Admitting That Our Lives Have Become Unmanageable in the Journey of Recovery

And if we adopt this way of life, beginning with this first step, the door of provision to almighty god, helping each and every one of us learn to come to terms with what it is that we have no control over, and being invited by him to have our needs met differently because of his great love and ongoing compassion for us is truly life-giving, and it is the way, the true way of salvation.
In the latest episode of Healing Addictions II, Fr. Christophe Lepoutre of the non-profit ministry, the Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup, delves into the importance of admitting that our lives have become unmanageable in the journey of recovery. Fr. Christophe emphasizes the three categories that our lives usually fall into: interaction or relationship with people, places, and things. He explains that admitting powerlessness is not only crucial in addiction recovery but also a fundamental aspect of salvation. This article explores the key takeaways from the podcast episode, the significance of the first step in the Twelve Steps of Recovery, and the impact of addiction on the soul.
Fr. Christophe underscores the relationship between control and addiction, emphasizing that exerting power or control over people, places, and things that we are not meant to control will ultimately cause us great harm. He explains that the first step involves admitting the opposite of exerting control, and this step often comes as a result of trying to control various aspects of our lives and getting to a point where we are led to the crossroad.
As orthodox Christians, Fr. Christophe stresses the reality that our soul is internal and invisible, and whenever there is any matter of dysfunction of the soul, where darkness has been introduced, where sin or passions are at work, the consequences will bring about a breakdown of control fundamentally. Hence, we must admit the fullness of the first step in order to find ourselves moving in the direction of a power greater than ourselves.
Fr. Christophe cites the work of Roy K, the founding father of Sexaholics Anonymous, to illustrate how this step involves admitting powerlessness. Roy K states that the sexaholic has taken himself or herself out of the whole context of what is right or wrong and that any form of sex with oneself or with partners other than the spouse is progressively addictive and destructive. Fr. Christophe emphasizes that this statement is pertinent to every addiction, including the relationship, illness, and codependency.
Fr. Christophe concludes the podcast by offering the tool that is the most significant: the simple prayer that is the serenity prayer. He emphasizes that this prayer is the prayer of the first step, and it helps individuals enter into the way of life that is truly life-giving and the true way of salvation. The prayer helps individuals learn to come to terms with what they have no control over and invites them to have their needs met differently because of God's great love and ongoing compassion for them.
Admitting that our lives have become unmanageable is a crucial aspect of addiction recovery and salvation. It involves admitting powerlessness and relinquishing control, which can be challenging but ultimately leads to a power greater than ourselves. Listen to the full episode of Healing Addictions II on alcoholfree.com to learn more.