February 26, 2020
For a person at any stage of recovery, the Twelve Steps serve as a roadmap. For one thing, they help you find your way from where you are – addiction – to where you want to be – sobriety. Also, the Steps highlight important stops along your journey.
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
While the First and Second Steps dealt with admission and understanding, Third Step requires action. In other words, the Third Step means you stop holding yourself back.
If you are non-religious, you may think you have a problem with this Step. For this reason, the phrase “God as we understood Him” is especially relevant. To clarify, your personal conception of a “Higher Power” doesn’t have to be an all-powerful supernatural deity. It can also be any combination of:
Your perception Higher Power is highly personal. In other words, it can be ANYTHING outside of and greater than your abilities. As long as you can turn to it for strength, inspiration, and motivation, that’s all you need.
“Turning your will over” requires you to four things –
“Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.”
In the Fourth Step, you take an honest – and often uncomfortable – look at yourself, your actions, and the effect those actions have on you and the people around you.
Why is this necessary?
Obviously, before you can change your thoughts and actions, you must first identify what needs to be changed. This moral inventory isn’t merely about identifying your weaknesses – those character flaws that need improvement. Rather, it is equally important to discover your strengths – those positive attributes that you can build upon.
Your moral inventory MUST be:
REAL recovery involves more than just abstaining from substance use. On the contrary, it also means making changes in your life that support balanced physical and mental health. This is how Teensavers Treatment Centers helps – by transforming your life.
For more than 35 years, Teensavers has offered one of the most-trusted addiction recovery programs in California. Teensavers applies decades’ worth of experience and the best evidence-based treatment protocols in a “total wellness” approach to recovery. In the end, teenagers and families struggling with addictive or emotional disorders enjoy restored sobriety, purpose, and hope.
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