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Thursday, December 17, 2015

In Recovery We Came to Believe in a Power Greater than Ourselves

Step Two of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program is: "Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."

Excerpt from the A.A. Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions


"When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God's will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol's final catastrophe. We saw them meet and transcend their other pains and trials. We saw them calmly accept impossible situations, seeking neither to run nor to recriminate. This was not only faith; it was faith that worked under all conditions. We soon concluded that whatever price in humility we must pay, we would pay." PDF Download Step Two in its entirety.

Humility - A Cornerstone of Successful Recovery


Humility is not thinking less of ourselves, it's thinking about ourselves less often. Probably the most important part of getting sober and staying sober is learning how to serve others. The 12 Step Recovery Program is built on this philosophy. People who were once selfish, self-seeking and self-absorbed, now take an active interest in their family members, friends and society at large. All of a sudden these former alcoholics and addicts begin to give to the world as opposed to always taking from it. Recovery is a beautiful thing to watch!

Reference: AA 12 & 12

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