“We admitted we were powerless…”

Accepting that we cannot control other people’s behavior is a huge step. We want what is best for them, don’t we? Can’t they see that? What we didn’t understand before finding this program was that each individual is on a unique journey. What appears to us the best course to follow may not provide the lessons another person is here to learn.

And it may be dawning on us that one of our key lessons is how to give up trying to control someone else. Sometimes we believe we can control others because our goading or shaming gets them to give in and go along with our demands. However, we’re really not in control. We are still powerless over them, and any time they want to make that clear, they will.

Accepting our powerlessness isn’t a hopeless feeling at all, once we understand it. It offers us profound relief from the burden of responsibility for another person’s life. In time this freedom will make us joyful.

Being in charge of only me today makes my day seem so much easier.

The next section of Camelback Recovery’s educational piece, the Consumer Awareness Guide, is in the works. Here are the 5 Costly Misconceptions of Sober Living Homes:

  1. A structured environment is not necessary at this stage of recovery.
  2. I (Me, Myself, and I) will know when I am ready to move out of the sober living home.
  3. All sober living homes are the same.
  4. The highest priced homes with all of the bells and whistles are the best.
  5. Price is the only consideration when choosing a sober living home.

Keep your eye out for the full version of this section.