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“Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”
In step 2 of AA, participants acknowledge and accept a higher power, God or otherwise, and admit that only this higher power can remove their obsession with alcohol.
The purpose of step 2 is to give AA participants hope and let them know they are not alone. Early on in the 12-step process, participants understand that something greater than themselves can help them overcome their addiction.
The higher power helps restore them to sanity and mental health, gain control of their lives, and undo the control that alcohol has over their lives.
This step occurs before participants take a moral inventory or move on to future steps because it gives them a solid foundation. It helps them realize their powerlessness to alcoholism and helps them establish spiritual principles. It establishes soundness of mind and provides support during the recovery process.
Most participants encounter this and other steps from a support group, but it might also be introduced in a treatment center.
For many AA participants, Higher Power means God. However, there’s no requirement to believe in God to participate. Higher Power can mean something different for everyone. The key is to acknowledge a Higher Power, not to define it the same as anyone else in the group defines it. There is no requirement to have a specific religious belief.
If an AA participant has never considered his or her spiritual beliefs or beliefs about a Higher Power, step 2 is an invitation to do so.
The organization does not define a Higher Power for participants and does not emphasize what someone’s Higher Power must be. Instead, it reminds participants that it’s impossible to recover alone. It encourages participants to be willing, faithful, open-minded, and humble about their addiction and recovery.
It doesn’t even matter if someone has yet to define his or her Higher Power, as long as there is an acknowledgment that they have one.
Participants who are wondering where to begin with step 2 should consider:
AA encourages you to allow your faith in a higher power, whatever that might be, to infiltrate all parts of your life.
Allow it to help you replace negative thinking with positive and embrace humility.
To follow step 2, you must:
There are several questions that you can ask yourself and answer that will help you work through step 2, including:
Alcoholics Anonymous isn’t right for anyone, but the majority of people struggling with alcohol use disorder (AUD) find it helpful. Participation offers many benefits. The program assists people from all walks of life overcome addiction. It offers:
The program includes 12-steps and participants move incrementally through each step on a day-by-day basis. Participants don’t promise to never drink again, but instead, commit to living one day at a time without drinking.
The program offers worldwide fellowship and access to other people dealing with AUD. You can attend an anonymous meeting no matter your location (online too).
The program is built on a foundation of reinforcement and behavior that helps people stop drinking. It includes goal setting, analysis of personal situations, and alternate coping strategies. It is used in community centers, healthcare and primary care facilities, addiction treatment programs, and schools. It’s also an approach that can be tailored to specific groups of patients or communities.
In addition to helping with an alcohol problem and recovery, participation in AA also provides a resource for the court system. Addiction professionals believe that AA offers a tool that breaks the revolving door of addicts that repeatedly end up in a courtroom.
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