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    Hank P. admitted defeat xxix:6

    He frankly admitted and believed that for him there was no hope.

    This man took his first step. The admission to ourselves that we are beaten, that the resources we have at our disposal are not going to save us, that unless we find a solution we will die, is a necessary first step in recovery. This admission is an essential precondition to recovery. This is a vital part of the solution to our problem.



    Fitz M. made his own diagnosis xxix:16

    The patient had made his own diagnosis, and deciding his situation hopeless, had hidden in a deserted barn determined to die.

    Once again the first step in recovery is illustrated. We must make our own diagnosis of our condition. Are we alcoholic? Can we cure ourselves?
    The authors have no intention of pronouncing us alcoholic. If we are alcoholic, perhaps we can see some similarity with ourselves in the doctor’s description of alcoholism.



    Bill W admits defeat 8:9-11

    I had met my match. I had been overwhelmed. Alcohol was my master.

    Bill, by admitting to himself his powerlessness, takes his first step. Perhaps we feel as hopeless as Bill. Are we able to control our drinking once we start? Are we unable to quit drinking despite our sincere desire to do so? How have the things we have treid to overcome drinking worked for us? Can we admit that alcohol is more powerful than we are? If we can, then we have taken the first step toward recovery.

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