When you are new to recovery, you will often hear a lot of talk about “God” and “Higher Power” in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. This can be confusing and somewhat scary if you do not believe in God or have a sense of what a “Higher Power” is and therefore can have a negative outlook on the whole concept.
What is a Higher Power?
First, let us define what a “higher power” is. A Higher Power is a power greater than ourselves. It can be God or other conceptions of a spiritual being. For some, a higher power doesn’t have anything to do with religion. It’s just a connection that we may have with something. The benefit of having a Higher Power is the comfort of knowing that you do not, cannot, and will never be in control of anything in the universe, except yourself, and even then, we can sometimes need a lot of help. But in the end, It comes down to whatever works for you and what keeps you sober.
One thing, if you do have a higher power but God isn’t it, the suggestion of praying to be in contact with your higher power may be confusing or a bit uncomfortable. There are other ways you can get closer to your higher power other than praying:
- Meditating – If you have never meditated before, you want to start out small. There are many YouTube guided videos or apps that can help you through.
- Selfless Acts – Being selfless is a big thing to us addicts since we were so used to being selfish in our addiction. By volunteering, being sober support, doing random acts of kindness, or just being a good friend, we can often feel that sense of gratitude and hope that is similar to that feeling of comfort and faith that a Higher Power can bring.
If you’re initially not sure about the whole higher power concept, it’s normal. It doesn’t have to make sense especially when you are new to all of this. Remember that there is no wrong or right way to go about finding recovery. There are many atheists and agnostics who have been clean for years can attribute their success to both AA and NA, as well as a variety of other resources such as rehab, individual therapy, a community of shared beliefs, to name a select few. Remember the words of AA co-founder Bill W: the roads to recovery are many.
It is Best to Discover Your Own Path
So now that we have knowledge there were people in successful long-term recovery without God or a higher power, you might want to discover your own path. A good start is educated yourself about substance abuse, the biology of your brain, and how you can re-wire addictive behaviors. You may want to form a holistic approach to your recovery, which includes:
- Healthy eating
- Creative expression
- Healthy relationships
If you want to go beyond the AA or NA groups, there are several other support-based options, such as:
- SMART: Self-management for addiction recovery
- LifeRing: Secular, peer-run support groups
- Refuge Recovery: A non-theistic approach to recovery – based on Buddhist principles
We at Allure Detox are Here to Help
As mentioned before, whatever your path is to recovery is up to you but your first step is to be set free from the chains of addiction and we at Allure Detox can help. We are a comfortable and evidence-based drug and alcohol detox in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can free you or your loved one from the physical symptoms of addiction and start you on the path to recovery.
We offer detox from drugs and alcohol on a medical basis so that you can safely resume the life you once lived, the life you thought was lost forever. Addicts emerge from Allure Detox healthy, sane, and prepared for a lifetime of recovery. Please contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering the pain of addiction.