Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care
of God as we understood God."
we are "powerless" over love and our lives are unmanageable,
and God, as we understand God, can restore us to sanity then it
is best we turn our life and our will over to God so that he can
mend our broken hearts.
that God can mean some benevolent force in the universe or the
God within which knows what is best for us. Note that we turn
ourselves over to the "care" of God. Note that this
is a decision which must be followed by action. Just how do we
turn our will over? We commit to change. We look to our recovery
friends for an example of a sane way to love and we follow in
their footsteps. We find the right path through trial and error.
Our only guide is the belief that God wants us to be healthy and
happy. If we are not, then we are going in the wrong direction.
God will lead you to people and books which will help you. God
will lead you forward. Without God we are defenseless against
our addiction. You do not have to be religious to believe in goodness.
God is goodness. God is spirit. The spiritual approach to recovery
may be hard on some people. But it is tried and true. Herbert
Spencer said "Ignorance is contempt prior to investigation."
Try this approach if you have failed to get better on your own
or with therapy alone. There are legions of people for whom this
approach has worked. Surrender (to be free from addiction) to
an old familiar God or to a new God of your choice. Don't be afraid.
You will meet others on this path. You will not be alone.
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