The Spiritual Malady

The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says: “But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. Our human resources, as marshaled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed utterly. Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?  Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God. Here difficulty arises with agnostics. Many times we talk to a new man and watch his hope rise as we discuss his alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship. But his face falls when we speak of spiritual matters, especially when we mention God, for we have re–opened a subject which our man thought he had neatly evaded or entirely ignored. We know how he feels. We have shared his honest doubt and prejudice. Some of us have been violently anti–religious. To others, the word “God” brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had tried to impress upon them during childhood. Perhaps we rejected this particular conception because it seemed inadequate. With that rejection we imagined we had abandoned the God idea entirely. We were bothered with the thought that faith and dependence upon a Power beyond ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly.” (Pg. 45-46 from the chapter  “We Agnostics”)

Discover Your Higher Power

Many of us come to find out after receiving help from Above It All Treatment that alcohol is but a symptom of this disease we suffer from. If alcohol was our main problem and it was just a matter of not drinking then most of us would not have to go to a detox, AA, or alcohol drug rehab we would just have to stay away from alcohol, our life would go back to normal, and our problems would go away when the booze were taken out of the equation but For most of us it didn’t work like that. We suffer from a spiritual malady that no matter how much willpower we exert it is not enough to fix our thinking problem. We found that when the drinking stopped our lives were still unmanageable if not more so. It’s not until we do the work to recover from this disease that centers in the mind that we can begin to function normally. It isn’t until we turn our will and life over to a power greater than ourselves that we can begin to live free, and stay sober.

Here at Above It All, we believe in the spiritual awakening that occurs as you go through your recovery. Do not put off your rehab because you do not believe in or are mad at God. Find your own version of faith; in all things including yourself. We believe in the 12 Step process and we believe in you.

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