I admitted I was out of control.
At no point in my life growing up have I ever felt that I was in control of my life. In my childhood years my life was controlled by my parents, the choices, and decisions they made for me. In my teenage years and early adult years my life was controlled by my addiction, the choices, and decisions I made. So admitting I was out of control came very easy to me.
The first step in the process of my recovery was defining how to move forward. I believed then and believe now recovery is a three-step process. They are:
RECOVERY – the discovery of what is good and helpful
1 Corinthians 10:23 Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful.
REPENTANCE – turning from the wrong way of living
2 Chronicles 7:14 My God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins.
RELIVING – accepting God’s forgiveness
Romans 4:7-8 Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off, whose sins are wiped clean from the slate. Fortunate the person against whom the Lord does not keep score.