It is no coincidence that the very first Step mentions powerlessness:
An admission of personal powerlessness over alcohol is a cornerstone
of the foundation of recovery. I've learned that I do not
have the power and control I once thought I had. I am powerless
over what people think about me. I am powerless over
having just missed the bus. I am powerless over how
other people work (or don't work) the Steps. But I've
also learned I am not powerless over some things.
I am not powerless over my attitudes. I am
not powerless over negativity. I am not
powerless over assuming responsibility for my own recovery.
I have the power to exert a positive influence on myself,
my loved ones. And the world in which I live.