In the Big Book, Bill’s Story is told and through it you read, “My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, “Why don’t you choose your own conception of God?” This is such a great question. There are so many people who are afraid to recover from an addiction because they believe it revolves around believing in God. The truth, however, is simple. You can create your own conception of “God”.
Step 2 of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “We came to be aware that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” You get to decide what that Power is in your life. It can be God, the universe, or anything greater than yourself.
You can start choosing your own conception of “God” by thinking about your beliefs. What is it that you believe in? Is there some Power you have looked to all your life? You might be a Christian, a buddhist, atheist, or anything else. No matter what aspects of life you have come from, is there something that you think has helped you get through the tough times. If there is, this might be the Power that helps you restore sanity in your life.
Choosing your own conception of “God” can be done by connecting with someone or something personally. Do you believe there is an ultimate Power controlling everything that happens in the universe? Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? What beliefs or perspectives do you connect with on a personal level? Figure this out and you can look to that as the Power that helps restore your life to sanity.
You may want your Power in recovery to be something or someone that you feel loves you unconditionally. It is in human nature to want and need unconditional love. If you are going to overcome an addictive lifestyle, having that type of love could help a great deal. You will feel like someone or something is there for you no matter what.
The “God” that you choose or think up should be all-powerful. You want to have some ultimate Power in your life that has things under control. You want to make sure they can hold your life in their hands and guide you through recovery. It is helpful to know that your “God” has your needs in mind and will help to take care of all the pain.
Recovery from an addiction is tough. There are things that happen in recovery, such as withdrawal and obstacles, that make staying sober difficult. However, with that being said, you can overcome the addiction. If you can choose or state who your “God” is, you can be on the road to a long recovery. Your conception of “God” will be your go-to for guidance during your recovery process.
Make your next step into recovery. Choose your own conception of “God”, so you can have the Power in your life, helping to restore everything back into sanity.