From the April 1984 magazine.

You Mean It's Still Unmanageable?

AFTER ALMOST six years of coming to meetings and thinking that I was doing just fine, I am starting to understand the second part of the First Step. Maybe it is that I am an exceptionally slow learner, or that I am not a good listener, but six years somehow seems a long time to begin understanding what the First Step means.

For all of that time, I knew I was powerless over alcohol, but I thought my life was unmanageable because I was powerless. Now that I had quit drinking, I believed I could again begin to manage my life control what happened. But my life is just as unmanageable today as it was when I was in an almost daily blackout.

-- A. F.

Bloomington, Illinois

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