I'm simply saying that, "Powerless over staying sober" is what Step 1, means to me. "Step 1, as I understand it." Keeps it real simple for me.
And, it explains to me, why I need to take the next Eleven Steps as thoroughly as I can, to remove the obession to drink, to arrest the alcoholic insanity of the next drink, to have sanity returned, to react sanely and normally, to be able to live happy, joyous and free, while sober... and to keep practicing the 12 Steps as a design for living.
As I understood what Jim W., meant in his post... is that "If" an alcoholic truly and correctly comprehends the nature of their alcoholism in Step 1, "where else is there to go... but to take the remaining eleven steps?" If they correctly understand what it is they're up against... they will launch into the remaining eleven steps. If they are mistaken about what they're up against... naturally, they will be in no hurry to take the remaining eleven steps.
I believe that this is why the early old-timers and pioneers of AA, immediately took the steps. Their alcoholism had convinced them of their need for the solution that was being offered! They knew by their experience that they were obviously "powerless over staying sober." They had already tried everything they could try to either not take the first drink... or to control the second drink. (Chapter 3, More about alcoholism... Chapter 2, There is a solution) and they couldn't manage to do it!
It is refreshing... to see that you actually read what I wrote, in referring to "Powerless over staying sober."
"Powerless over staying sober" and "Powerless over sobriety" are not the same thing. Had I intended to say "Powerless over sobriety"... I could have easily typed, "powerless over sobriety." But, I didn't type "powerless over sobriety."
Some people do consider "physically sober" as they same thing as "sobriety". I'm not one of them.
Physically sober... just means that a person is physically sober. All I have to do to be physically sober... is just not take the first drink.
"Sobriety" is a different word... that has a different definition, and an entirely different meaning!
Sobriety is a quality of being sober. Sobriety is what happens to me after I take and continue practicing the 12 Steps. Sobriety is a way of life. Sobriety is what I experience by living the 12 Step Design For Living.