Drug Addiction

Going With Your Intuition

Going With Your Intuition

All of us, whether in recovery or not, have faced times of indecision in our lives. But for those of us struggling with addiction, indecision can be daunting, triggering and even crippling.

If you haven’t yet been confronted with the need to make an important decision in early recovery, don’t worry – you likely will… and it may be difficult to determine which choice to make or which path to take.

Ultimately, your decisions must prioritize your sobriety.

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Letting Go Of Old Ideas

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. 

            Look outside of yourself for help at a place like Lakewood Recovery. Its small, intimate setting is the perfect place to start or continue your spiritual journey. 

By: Dana M.

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