There are many important aspects of the recovery process, and today, as I look back on my life and my recovery, I am very grateful that I was able to surrender my will over to a Power greater than myself. Having the courage and willingness to surrender has truly saved my life. Prior to my recovery, I had tried over and over to abstain from drugs and alcohol to no avail. Selfishness and pride were in control, and I wasn't capable of recovering from drugs and alcohol on my own. I then heard about the 12 Step Fellowship, and found out that recovery was possible. People just like me have been recovering from drugs and alcohol for years and years. Finally, I had something to believe in, which has led me on a journey of recovery that has brought me a life of serenity and confidence.
There was so much information to learn, and I became willing to do whatever necessary to stay clean and sober. After going to meetings and speaking with people in recovery, I found out that I would have to surrender my will over to a Power greater than myself. In meetings, I heard over and over to stay "Honest, Open-minded, and Willing". After the days had progressed in my early recovery, everything started to make sense. I told myself that I needed to apply the suggestions in my own recovery, and, by doing so, I would surely recover. I found the courage to surrender my will over to a Power greater than myself. After doing so, the journey of self-discovery, enlightenment, awareness, and spiritual growth commenced.
I finally found the missing link that had been missing from my life - a God of my understanding. From the moment I've accepted God into my life, I have been truly set free from a life of active addiction and alcoholism. My Higher Power, who I choose to call God, has given me the life that I had always dreamed of. Today, not only do I live a life that's free of drugs and alcohol, but I also live a life that's full of serenity, hope, faith, peace, and success. None of this would have been possible without relinquishing my will over to a God of my understanding.
After I surrendered to God, I continued to follow the suggestions of the 12 Step program. I started working the Steps, and going to meetings. I found out that I wasn't alone on this journey in recovery. Fellow addicts and alcoholics were right beside me with open arms and open hearts. I've discovered that the 12 Step program really does work. Daily, I mustered the courage to always strive forward. The personal growth and spiritual enlightenment that has resulted is unfathomable. I am amazed of the life I am able to live today, and how far I've come out of the depths of self-destruction. From working a good program of recovery, I no longer crave drugs or alcohol. I have been set free from a life of chaos and destruction. Today, I live to give back what has been so freely given to me. It is now my lifelong endeavor to spread the message of hope and strength that has saved my life. You too can recover, and live a life that you've always dreamed of. By following the suggestions of the program, we will stay clean and sober.
Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are the first steps to success. Surrender is the next crucial step that will lead us on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that will truly set us free. By having the courage to step forth in faith, we will be greatly rewarded with a life that's full of serenity and hope. No longer do we have to be bound by the deadly grips of addiction or alcoholism. So let's step forth in faith and enjoy the new life that awaits. Finding a God of our understanding will enable us to fully enjoy the fruits of the program. I hope that everyone can live and enjoy a life that's free of drugs and alcohol. Good luck to all, and to all a good recovery.