“Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from him who has all knowledge and power. If we have carefully followed directions, we have begun to sense the flow of his spirit into us to some extent we have become God conscious. We have begun to develop this vital sixth sense, but we must go further and that means more action. Step 11 suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men then we are using it constantly. It works if we have the proper attitude and work at it.” Pgs 85-86 Into Action from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
We have come into AA and receive alcohol addiction help we may read or hear people talking about god and depending on our previous experiences we may have a negative reaction or thought around it. Just to hopefully clarify AA and other drug addiction detox are not religious based programs but rather spiritually based programs unless otherwise specified form the drug addiction facility in LA. Those of us who have been in recovery for a while encourage the people that are newly sober to create their own concept of a higher power. All that is suggested is that it’s not another person and that it is a source of love and something you believe can carry you through any rough spots, as well as something bigger than yourself. Ultimately we want you to find a higher power of your own understanding. Your concept of a higher power is something that can continue to grow as you do and becomes such a valuable and amazing gift.