Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Higher Power

"Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him."  From the Third Step of the Big Book.

For those with anxiety about the idea of God this step can be challenging.

Yet the third tradition says the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. That's pretty simple. Black and white.

Right there we see that alcoholics can choose what they want to believe - or believe in nothing at all.

But an interesting thing I've noticed is that as they stick around they start seeing amazing changes in others.

They see miracles in the lives of fellow members. Families reunite. Work materializes. Health improves. Opportunities abound.

Then all of a sudden their lives seem to get better without much explanation. And that's when their perception of a Higher Power sometimes starts to shift.