One of the most often heard comments from newly sober people is “What am I going to do now? I’m bored.” I assure you your life in addiction recovery will be anything but boring.
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Let’s face it. No matter how we feel about them, many of us were first introduced to sobriety in 12 Step recovery programs. It is rare to find a therapist or treatment center that isn’t 12 step centric. Although I’ve grown and changed my outlook over the course of the past 27 years in recovery, I could not have gotten and remained sober without working the 12 Steps.
That said – we will continue our step study today with Step 6:
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Yep, there’s that G-O-D thing again. In steps 4 and 5, we took a good hard, truthful look at ourselves, and it wasn’t always a pretty picture. Then, we shared that intimate inventory with a trusted person. Here, in step 6, we look ahead – ahead to a life where we have left our past behind and begin to build a new, sober, successful life. But – as in several of the 12 Steps, we are advised to look to our Higher Power to give us a little push.
In my case, the little push was more like a kick in the butt from my sponsor. I never missed an opportunity to debate with my sponsor the overwhelming presence of the Judeo-Christian God n Alcoholics Anonymous philosophy. But, the fact that he spent three years at a catholic seminary, preparing to become a priest, usually gave him the upper hand in such discussions. And, in step 6, we are advised to simply ready ourselves, with God’s help for our new lives. My sponsor, who by the time I knew him was more agnostic than catholic, just reminded me once again, that G-O-D can simply be interpreted as Good Orderly Direction. He reminded me that, no matter what level of deification or spirituality I chose to read into the 6th step – getting my past behind me, and preparing, through good orderly direction for my future was where I needed to spend my time and energy – not in theosophical debates about the 12 Steps.
And, that’s where I left it. And that’s where I decided, with God’s help or not – to stop living in the past. In my recovery, I could live in the present and the future, and I’ve never looked back.
You too, can look forward to a fulfilling life, happy, successful and content in your recovery!