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Four Helpful Books About Spirituality

Exploring spirituality in recovery is a great way to strengthen our connection with our higher power and reinforce the spiritual principles of our program. The best books for enhancing our spiritual life will be the basic texts of our program, such as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, but there are others that are notRead More

Exploring New Avenues of Spirituality

12-Step recovery fellowships are founded in the belief that sobriety can be achieved by having and maintaining a spiritual experience. The idea of a higher power and spirituality is open-ended and can be individualized to each person’s specific beliefs. It may be helpful for some to explore their spirituality through different avenues as a wayRead More

Finding Joy in Service Work

One of the best ways to stay on track in sobriety is to get involved with your local recovery community. The first few suggestions to newcomers is to get a sponsor and join a home group. Having a home group allows one to take on responsibility in early sobriety and provide service to others. WhetherRead More

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 haveRead More

Why Does Spirituality Matter in Recovery?

Buddha once said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” When we were living in addiction, we always felt as though there was something missing in our lives. We felt a void within ourselves and attempted to fill our emptiness with alcohol and drugs. When we becameRead More

Serenity Prayer: Acceptance, Courage, and Wisdom

The Serenity Prayer is used to open up 12-Step recovery meetings. The prayer states: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The three core concepts of acceptance, courage, and wisdom, are helpful reminders of theRead More

What is “Conscious Contact” with a Higher Power?

The 11th Step of 12-Step Recovery states: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” The concept of “conscious contact” implies a personal relationship with a Higher Power of our understandingRead More

How to Be Mindful in Your Life?

Mindfulness is a wondrous human ability that allows us to connect with the world around us. Learning how to be more mindful in your day-to-day takes practice, and doing so can help bring tranquility, happiness, and serenity to your life. The following are a few ways to help you learn how to stop and smellRead More

Rebuilding Your Spiritual Health

When we were drinking alcohol and using drugs, we often felt a sense of disconnection from our spirituality. When we take on a program of recovery that focuses on healing our mind, body, and spirit, we can be sure that we are addressing all the necessary components of our well-being. Spiritual life does not meanRead More