Has recovery brought anyone else back to their faith? Finding that prayer is helping me a lot.

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I never had any “faith” to go back to, and any talk of religion or God or Jesus or anything like that, made me “bristle with antagonism”. (If I’m honest, I still feel weird even typing some of those words in this anonymous forum…).

I’ve come to define spirituality in my own way, and I see it as something different than the typical organized religions. I found a Higher Power in AA that some choose to call God, and the definition or conception of God is unique to the individual.

To me, religion says “your God looks like this and judges like this and you must do this to be accepted”. To me, Spirituality says, “As long as you realize YOU are not God, you’re off to a good start.”

The path I took to find spirituality (which today I do have faith in), was one of honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness. Well, as much of each of those that I could muster at the time. Oh, and a healthy dose of humility. :)

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Yes, absolutely. I actually got sober because of my Christian faith and then AA pushed me deeper into that faith.

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I wish my uncle would find some recovery

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Unfortunately it is up to the individual to decide they are powerless over alcohol (or other addiction) and that their life has become unmanageable. Maybe that can come through an intervention, I’ve not been involved in one of those, it’s worth considering. Good luck, prayers for your uncle.

I wouldn’t say “back”. I desired to find faith and that relationship but always struggled bc “I” (aka ego) and shame (very interesting how those two can so easily coexist) got in the way. But recovery has certainly begun to open that door more and more. I feel I am of better service now and can access a deeper level of compassion for others. Something I think God wants for me and from me.

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It brought me back to spirituality. Religion and substance abuse drove me from it

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The religious resentments are real and from the stories I’ve heard over the years I get it. But one of the key principles in AA is open-mindedness. The book also makes several references to religion and looking to see where these (religious people) may be right. Prayer (Step 11), higher power (Step 2,3, 7,8,11) confession (step 5), etc., these are religious concepts that are made accessible to everyone through spirituality regardless of your religion. Keep an open mind and and a willing heart and God will guide you.

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