“In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.” – Iyanla Vanzant
Faith In Recovery
Having faith in something is usually based on a belief. People mostly have faith because they know it will work. Sometimes we have blind faith, we just believe because our heart tells us to believe or because someone else tells us it’s true from their experience. We all have faith – faith in others, faith in ourselves, faith in the universe, or even faith in facts. It’s rare that any one person walks this planet without some sort of faith. So why is it so hard to have faith that recovery will work?
When I attempted sobriety for the first few years I was so discouraged that I literally had no faith in recovery. I heard people tell me that they recovered from the disease of addiction, but it meant nothing to me because it just wasn’t working. Was I that far gone for this “thing” to work for me? I had always had some sort of faith in a Higher Power, but I still did not understand why I couldn’t get sober. I battled my drinking in and out of the rooms for years before it finally clicked and got into recovery.
So how did I recover and stay recovered? It was a simple combination of willingness, honesty, and open-mindedness. Once I incorporated all three of those things into my recovery process, I began to have faith that this “thing” could actually work for me. The longer I stayed sober and walked through the fears of life, the more I had faith. I had the same faith I had in other things placed into my recovery because I knew in my heart it was working. Staying sober through happy times was pretty easy for me (especially the older I got), but staying sober when the proverbial “poo hit the fan” was a little harder. It was my faith combined with the faith of others that I could get through life sober and happy.
If I can do this “thing”, so can you. It’s that simple. There is no greater power in me than in you or anyone else trying to get clean and sober. That is the beauty of recovery, it can happen for anyone who is willing to listen to other suggestions and have faith in the program.
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