Wait. No, I’m not. Who said that? I’m not powerless over alcohol. I finally stopped drinking it for good and I haven’t looked back. That took and still takes ENORMOUS strength. I feel like She-Ra (but I’m not a blond).
No addict is powerless over their drug of choice. As soon as we stop – we’re constantly exerting enormous power over something that can kill us. The voice of addiction has become a permanent fixture in our brains. It might hide for years at a time, but it never leaves. Staying clean and sober in light of this, in addition to stress and pain makes us more powerful than most.
Being swept up by our drugs of choice is bad enough. Telling us that we’re powerless is demoralizing and it’s a downright lie.
The truth is that no one can make an addict get clean and sober. Only we have the power to do that. Telling a person that they have the power to stop is the truth. It’s the right thing to say. It’s the only thing addicts can hold on to sometimes – we need to be reminded that we can stop.