Step 2: Letting Go Of Old Ideas
“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
For me, Step 2 is about letting go of old ideas. We already accepted in Step 1 that we can’t handle our own lives – when it comes to our addictions, we are completely insane. We had to make a change, or we were going to die or live miserably. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains it best: …[W]e had but two alternatives: One was to go on to the bitter end, blotting out the consciousness of our intolerable situation as best we could; and the other, to accept spiritual help. – “There is a Solution” (p. 25).
Step 2 is the spiritual starting line for our relationship with a higher power, or “God,” of our own understanding. Cultivating this spiritual relationship provides us not only with a life of sobriety, but a life of peace, happiness, and fulfillment. Choosing to accept spiritual help means that we must first be willing to believe in something greater than ourselves. The first time I took Step 2, the “power greater” than myself upon which I relied was the treatment team I had in rehab. Though I believed in a more traditional “higher power,” I wasn’t quite sure that he/she/it cared if I was sober. I didn’t let my hesitations about “God” or organized religion stop me from working through the steps as outlined; I believed, at the very least, that if the steps could work for hundreds of thousands of alcoholics across the globe, they could potentially work for me. And that’s all I needed to get through Step 2!
As I rework the steps, I realize that Step 2 requires me to abandon a little bit more of my pride each time. I am consistently re-examining some of the old ideas and expectations I had for my life. I have let go of my preconceived notions of AA, addiction, God, religion, my ultimate life goals, my “successes,” and my “failures.” Above all, I have to let go of my need to control. Step 2 reminds me to look outside of myself for help, because my old ideas and beliefs just didn’t work.
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By: Dana M.
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