“For those people who are not Christian but identify with another faith tradition or who identify as a humanist or as an agnostic or atheist, turning our wills and lives over to what seems to be a Supernatural and paternalistic deity is not an option. When and where we try, we might feel as if we are being untrue to some of our core beliefs and being dishonest with other people in the Program. Since the Program demands “rigorous honesty,” and its absence may make recovery that much more difficult, failure may seem inevitable to some.” Different Forms of Higher  https://tinyurl.com/y3nuh5sv

Finding Your Higher Power, or What? By Another Road Addiction Recovery Centre Therapy is only useful once we’ve moved past the overwhelming feelings of shame and guilt. Being too embarrassed to admit that we even have a problem will, no doubt, be the first hurdle, but once overcome the road to freedom will emerge, full of twist and turns, bumps and potholes, adventures and challenges. The loss of self respect that accompanies substance abuse is debilitating to say the least and getting beyond this initial hump will take all the strength and determination that you can muster. Honestly, even if we feel fully determined, going it alone is next to impossible.

Therapy is only useful once we’ve moved past the overwhelming feelings of shame and guilt. Being too
embarrassed to admit that we even have a problem will, no doubt, be the first hurdle, but once
overcome the road to freedom will emerge, full of twist and turns, bumps and potholes, adventures and
challenges. The loss of self respect that accompanies substance abuse is debilitating to say the least and
getting beyond this initial hump will take all the strength and determination that you can muster.
Honestly, even if we feel fully determined, going it alone is next to impossible.

In the beginning a support system is essential. Scaffolding for success. We need to gather our family,
friends, a therapist or two, a program, and finally, most important, we need to find opportunities to
provide support to others, fellowship. Creating a firm foundation is the key to success! Opening up
emotionally is a requisite of the recovery process which a profoundly spiritual experience for everyone
involved. The very agency of working to recover our authentic self is life changing and enriching beyond
measure. Those of us who find the strength to get by the agonizing struggle, that only an addict truly
understands, are ultimately rewarded by discovering our ‘higher power’.

Unfortunately, the idea of a ‘higher power’, and the requirement of absolute vulnerability and complete
honesty, are what keeps many of us from getting the help we need. Simple stated, through telling our
story, listening to other stories of others, and staying sober, we are paving the road to discovering what
we hear referred to as our “higher power”. Remember that relapse is part of recovery, don’t be
discouraged, if we make it back alive at least we’ve recognized the problem which is a huge step! We’ve
done it all before and we can do it again. We know what desperation feels like and we know what hope
feels like too. Recovery, growth, and change is accompanied by a wonderful sense of freedom, the
discovery of personal power, feelings of accomplishment, and the reassurance of understanding and
moving forward.

The idea of a higher power should be flexible, dynamic, and responsive to changing conditions. Our
recovery management team needs to consist of people that we respect and believe, people who we are
willing not only listen to, but to actually hear. Basically, all we need to believe is that there is a greater
power than the insanity of addiction! Our ideas about a ‘higher power’ will depend on our personal
histories. We need to be flexible and willing to explore what this means to us as individuals who are part
of a larger whole. We need to remain open to hearing messages from wherever they come from. If
we’re open, we won’t miss the opportunities to see things differently, perspective is everything. If we’re
changeable and teachable, we process information in a way that’s unique to our personal journey. To
elevate our thinking, we must move beyond the fear, resentment, guilt, and other painful emotions and
begin to realign with our infinite potential that was obliterated by addiction. The realization that our
addiction began with the promise of illumination, but it was a crippling delusion at best is hard to
acknowledge but it’s the only road to recovery.