SIXTEEN ANNOTATED STEPS FOR DISCOVERY AND EMPOWERMENT.

Charlotte Sophia Kasl Ph.D.

I put the 16 steps in the present tense because empowerment is a circle or a spiral without end and we are all in it together.

  1. A)We affirm we have the power to take charge of our lives and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self esteem and security. When people lack a sense of self they need to affirm that they do have the power to take charge of their lives even in the face of a life-threatening addiction.
  1. B) Alternative:   We admit we were of control with/powerless over _________ yet have the power to take charge of our lives and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self-esteem and security.  Many people said that admitting/acknowledging powerlessness was extremely important. So the first part of the step acknowledges powerlessness over a substance or person and the second part af