Sample Chapter

What Does Being Powerless Really Mean?

Many family members and friends of problem drinkers have done everything in their power to stop their loved ones from drinking. We often struggle against the idea that we are powerless over alcohol. Yet over and over we are left baffled and frustrated, until in Al-Anon we discover that being powerless does not mean being helpless.

Paths to Recovery (B-24) is a comprehensive guide to Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts. The Step One chapter from this book describes why “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.”