What’s been your Higher Power?
While in the throes of our addiction, it is safe to assume that many of us lacked a consistent, sincere spiritual connection with a higher power, or God of our own understanding. Instead, the “power greater than ourselves” was the alcohol or drugs that we continued to put into our bodies, despite the damage it caused. When we came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could return us to sanity, we earnestly sought guidance from that power on a daily basis. We were effectively given a new purpose in life. By giving up our desperate, futile attempts to control the world around us, we were able to stay sober, one day at a time.
But even in sobriety, we can struggle with other “higher powers” that separate us from the higher power of our understanding. Here are some examples of things that separate me from my higher power (who I choose to call God):
- Perfectionism/Winning: When I attempt to be “the best” at something or “better than” someone else, I’m taking back the control I have given over to God.
- Money/Material Possessions: When I put too much time and energy into earning money, hoarding money, or spending money on material possessions, I am putting a wedge between myself and God.
- Worry/Obsession: When I worry over or obsess about anything that is outside of my control, I am lacking faith that God will take care of that situation’s outcome according to His will.
- Relationships/Romance: When I prioritize a relationship with another person over my relationship with God, I essentially turn that person into my “higher power,” which is a recipe for disaster.
- Fame/Notoriety:When I seek excessive recognition or attention from outside of myself, I am feeding my own ego and failing to enlarge my spiritual life in an effort to help others.
Of course, there can be other addictions that creep up while living a life of sobriety: sex, gambling, and food come to mind the quickest, but even healthy activities like exercise, or relatively innocuous things like social media can become time-consuming obsessions for the alcoholic.
In recovery, it is important that you surround yourself with trusted individuals who can recognize when you’re making something, or someone, your “higher power” instead of God. At Lakewood Recovery, you’ll be challenged to put your relationship with God first and foremost. Remember that the God of our understanding returned us to sanity, and it is the God of our understanding who can keep us sane!
By: Dana M
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