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The New Year's Step One

Now the holidays are over, the New Year has begun, the weight of the resolutions you make are beginning to get heavy. January becomes the month of “Step One.” In club houses across the city, addicts are looking at the year and are trying to get honest.

All first steps are hard. We understand that. Everyone understands that. But at some point you have to admit your dependency is a problem, and it is controlling your life.

Even if you have taken this step before, there can be no denial, no blaming of others, no pretending. That is why we and many people in your life are here to help.

The serenity prayer is central to the 12 Step meetings that are held around town. There is another blessing from Jewish tradition that might be helpful.

In the Traveler’s Prayer we pray, “Lead me, direct my steps and support me in peace. Lead me in life, tranquil and serene, until I arrive at where I am going….”

We are all on a journey. And it begins with one step.

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