Welcome to the 1st step of the 12 step program. North Palm Beach Recovery Center interprets the first step as a stage of acceptance over our addiction. Common terms that are associated with Step 1 of the 12 steps are "powerless" and "unmanageable". This step stems from the belief that addiction is a chronic disease that, for many, requires external help.
Addiction is not viewed in the twelve steps as a behavior controlled by willpower, but one controlled by a core medical problem that needs to be resolved. Once this is understood, a member can proceed with the recovery that they are seeking.