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The first of three practical and highly accessible workbooks for early recovery, this resource takes you through the foundation Steps as described in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. The exercises guide you to a personal understanding of the powerlessness of addiction and the necessity of a Higher Power to your recovery.
An intensely personal testimony to calling on the power of grace in our darkest hours, Jeff's is a beautifully written tale of far-fetched dreams, desperate prayers, and those miraculous moments that change our lives forever.
While it may be a new concept for some, identifying and learning to connect with a higher power is a staple for many treatment and recovery programs. This is because many programs are built upon the belief that addiction is not only a disease of the brain but also of the spirit. Most people who misuse alcohol and other drugs do so to achieve relief from stressors or physical and emotional pain, essentially because they lack a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.
Spirituality is a quest to find deeper meaning in life. One can connect deeply with their higher power by wrestling with the unknowns about existence and finding synchronicities happening in the world around them every day.
It is sometimes claimed that Alcoholics Anonymous is a religious movement. It is even suggested that AA shares similarities with cults. The basis of these criticisms usually stems from the focus on a higher power in the 12 Steps. This might imply belief in some type of supernatural agent. In reality the members of AA can interpret the term higher power as they see fit. It would probably be fairer to say that it is a spiritual program rather than a religious program. Members include people of almost every religious persuasion. There are also many non-believers who belong to this fellowship.
The early members of Alcoholics Anonymous created a program that was highly influenced by the Oxford Group. One of the most important changes they made was to put the focus on a higher power rather than the Christian concept of God. This would mean that the program would be acceptable to more people.
The main benefit of using the words higher power is that it cannot be easily defined. This means that members of 12 Step groups can interpret the concept as they wish. It makes it possible for a Christian to follow the steps alongside a Buddhist or even an atheist. Most people interpret higher power as meaning a god, but it does not have to be interpreted this way. It is left up to the individual to decide how they wish to define it. There are no rules except that this power has to be greater than the individual
Non-believers can struggle with the concept of a higher power in Alcoholics Anonymous. In the Big Book, there is a whole chapter called We Agnostics, encouraging those who lack religion that they can still work the 12 Steps. This is because there is no obligation to accept the theist idea of a higher power. Atheists can view it as the power of the group, or as an impersonal force in nature. All that is required is that they believe that this power is greater than they are, and that they can benefit from it.
There have been a number of criticisms of the AA use of the term higher power. Some believers feel that it is too vague and that their God should be specifically mentioned. There are also non-believers who would claim that it is a clandestine attempt to encourage people to accept religion. There is also the concern that it disempowers people. The 12 Step members are persuaded that they will be unable to deal with their own problems alone. They are told they have to believe in a higher power if they hope t