The Twelve Steps of Recovery are each guided by a corresponding spiritual principle. When we try to adhere to these spiritual values, we LIVE recovery, instead of just working at it.
The Third Principle is FAITH, defined as “a firm belief or complete trust in in something or someone”.
But what does that mean to a person in recovery?
The Principle of Faith and the Third Step
This answer becomes evident when we examine the Third Step:
“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
It has been said that “Faith without works is dead.” In other words, trusting, or believing in something outside of and greater than ourselves is MEANINGLESS by itself, if we don’t do SOMETHING to demonstrate that faith.
The Third Step is the first Step where we take action. We have already surrendered (Step 1) when we admitted powerlessness over our addiction, we have already “come to understand” that only something outside of our own abilities could help us (Step 2).
Now, in Step 3, we ACT on that understanding by consciously making the decision to entrust our lives to something other than our own wills and desires. There is a very pragmatic reason why we do this – our own old way of doing things is what made our lives unmanageable in the first place.
Having hit our own personal “rock bottoms”, we must accept help, guidance, and ideas that are probably completely contrary to the life we have been living. FAITH is what allows us to trust in our recovery, rather than in our own ego and stubbornness.
When you are driving your car, you have faith in road signs and maps – you trust that if you follow directions, you will arrive at your desired destination.
It is the same way with recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism.
When you have faith – whether it be in God, science, your fellow man, or the recovery process itself – and you commit to following the guidance of the trained professionals working with you, you can trust that you will regain sobriety, sanity, and serenity in your life.
If you are ready to make that commitment, Lasting Recovery outpatient drug and alcohol rehab in San Diego can help.