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What are Spiritual Principles?

Spiritual principles are all encompassing strategies for living life in the best way possible. 12-Step recovery has a focus on spiritual principles that are linked with each step. However, attempting to live by spiritual principles is beneficial to everyone, regardless of their involvement in 12-Step or another recovery program.

Spiritual principles allow one to have guidelines by which to live and remain happy, joyous, and free in sobriety. Each step corresponds to several spiritual principles. For example, Step One: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable,” corresponds with the spiritual principles of acceptance, admission of defeat, open-mindedness, willingness, and humility. Narcotics Anonymous Way of Life, on the other hand, explains Step One as being founded in the concept of hope: “Hope gives us something positive to look for and move towards. We can admit our need for help as we begin to share in our common welfare.”

Each step builds upon previous steps and incorporates new spiritual principles by which to live our lives. According to Friends of Bill W, while the first step begins with acceptance, admission of defeat, open-mindedness, willingness, and humility, the 12th and final step (“Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs”) incorporates, “Gratitude, Acceptance, Love, Honesty, Tolerance, Unselfishness, Strength, Serenity, Giving, Fortitude, Faith, Brotherhood, Service, Understanding, Courage, Wisdom, Humility,” We reach a point in our development where we are able to maintain an awareness of these principles and practice them in all our affairs.

What begins with simple spiritual concepts such as honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, eventually develops into a host of spiritual principles by which we live our lives. We find that these guidelines, when practiced in all our affairs, allow us to make decisions that are free from selfishness, dishonest, and self-seeking motives. Consequently, we find that every aspect of our lives improves and we no longer have to struggle with temptation or desire for alcohol and drugs. We no longer feel the need to seek relief from our troubles by drinking or using drugs because the spiritual life has provided us with a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom.

You do not have to suffer from diminished health as a result of addiction and alcoholism. Recovery is possible, and you can build a happy, healthy future by making the decision to seek help today. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers adult programs for men and women that ensure a safe location where clients can relate to staff and other clients in similar walks of life and learn to rebuild their relationships and roles within their communities. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431