The twelve step program is a main component of recovery for addicts of alcohol and drugs. One of the tenants of the twelve step program is to surrender to a higher power; for some in recovery this is not an easy step to take. 

The twelve step program is a central component of recovery for addicts of alcohol and drugs. One of the tenants of the twelve step program is to surrender to a higher power; for some in recovery, this is not an easy step.

Those people in recovery who have been raised with a religious or spiritual background generally will more easily adapt to the higher power. Still, those who have no experience or do not believe in a God or spiritualism this step can be confusing and somewhat frightening. 

Defining a higher power

Defining a higher power is the concept that there is something bigger than yourself that helps guide you through your recovery and helps you conquer challenges from triggers, anxiety, depression, etc. to help you remain sober and clean. 

Tips for finding your higher power

If you do not believe in God, it is still crucial that you find your higher power. Here are three steps to help you get started in your search for a higher power that works for you.

  • Nature is a beautiful and balanced wonder where you can find spirituality. Natural surroundings can be calming and restful, a place to recharge and reflect on yourself. That is the reason many people will find early morning, a time to commune with nature by watching the sunrise or walking through the woods. 
  • Love of yourself and others can be your higher power. It can help you learn to be more compassionate to others and what they are going through. It can help you learn to forgive yourself and others. 
  • Reality and acceptance can bring you to the understanding that you cannot physically drink or retake the drug of use ever again because there is not controlling the addiction it controls you. Accepting reality and choosing it as your higher power may be the best choice for someone who does not believe in God. 

Finding a higher power is something you need to do for you; however, that does not mean that you cannot ask your sponsor about their higher power and how they found it. In fact, your higher power may be group therapy, where the group keeps each other honest and sober.

Trusting and having faith in someone other than you can make it easier to resist the triggers and temptations, to deal with feelings, and emotions reduce the risk of relapse during your life of recovery.

At 449 Recovery, we offer a clean, safe space for you to detox, find your higher power, and learn the skills that will allow you to engage in a sober life. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn more about the treatments available here at 449 Recovery.