Finding God in the 12 Steps

I tend to agree with Augustine’s statement that “Wherever truth may be found it belongs to the Lord” or as most folks  paraphrase it today, “All truth is God’s truth.” As a Christian and a recovering sex addict who has found much of God’s truth in the 12 Steps, I have no illusion that the 12 Steps are directly inspired by God, the “Big Book” should be added to the Canon, or that AA or any other 12 Step fellowship claiming a “God of our own understanding” as its “Higher Power” (or HP as some irreverently abbreviate) is a “Christian” program. This article published over 20 years ago in Christianity Today clarifies the relationship between secular recovery programs and the Christian faith.

However, I do find much inspiration, yes “God’s truth,” in program literature. Here are a couple quotes worth pondering from “The Solution.” Meditate on these gems:

The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered into our hearts and lives in a way which is indeed miraculous. He has commenced to accomplish those things for us which we could never do by ourselves. (AA 4th ed., 25)

What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works. (AA 4th ed., 28)

Components of Recovery

“Half measures have availed us nothing,” to quote a famous line from AA’s “Big Book.” I have found this to be true in my recovery. When I’ve come up short because certain elements were missing or half-heartedly done, my sobriety has frequently collapsed. Does everyone need to do the same things in order to have success? No, because all of us are different and we have different levels of addiction.

The following describes four components that I’ve found essential for my recovery. Far from being an expert on addiction, all I have to share with you is my “experience, strength, and hope.”

  • Confession and Repentance
  • Ongoing Accountability
  • Professional Counsel
  • Support Groups

In future posts, I will share my perspectives on each of these four components. Until then, you might want to take inventory of your life. Which elements are missing? Which have proven effective or ineffective in themselves?