The 2nd Step of Alcoholics Anonymous


The 2nd Step of Alcoholics Anonymous

Came To Believe That A Power Greater Than Ourselves Could Restore Us To Sanity

The second step of Alcoholics Anonymous is not always so easy. Many people attend AA meetings daily for months before they are ready to attempt Step 2. This is ok, as long as you 'keep coming back' eventually you will come to an understanding of this step.


It's important to keep in mind that AA is a Spiritual Program and not a Religious Program. Each individual person attending AA meetings and working the steps has their own personal concept of who their Higher Power is. It doesn't matter who or what your Higher Power is as long as your 'Power' is greater than you are and loves and cares about you. Finding a power that's greater than yourself may take a long time for some people but eventually something you read or something that's said at a meeting will just click and 'make sense'.


The Second Step comes easier to some than others. Many people know right off the bat who their Higher Power is but have a hard time believing that their higher power would restore them to sanity and sound thinking again. This step takes a lot of soul searching and reflection and gets easier over time. Talking this step over with a sponsor or the group gives hope to anyone questioning whether or not it's possible to have their sanity restored. Just remember to take these steps slow, there isn't a time limit and you will get there.


We have already determined that alcoholism is an illness and that alcoholics can't control their drinking. We also understand that it isn't the 4th or 10th drink that that gets us in trouble, it's the 1st one. Alcoholism destroys your mind, body and spirit which creates some form of insanity in your life.


Then there are others that don't believe there is a power greater than them and that's just the way it is. They believe there is nothing or no one more powerful than they are and to 'restore us to sanity' must mean I am in sane and that's just not true. Remember the first step though, admitting we are powerless over alcohol means alcohol is much stronger and more powerful than you are. So yes, there are things in life that have more power and are much more powerful than we are.


Take a good look around you at an AA meeting and think about how many people are there who have stayed sober and have found sobriety through AA for many years. This Higher Power concept has to work. They have already admitted they were powerless over alcohol so it has to be their individual higher power that's keeping them sober and from picking up that next drink.


Many people find the true meaning of their own personal Higher Power by attending meetings and listening to others talk over time. Asking questions and reading materials Alcoholics Anonymous makes available also helps an individual struggling with finding a power greater than them self.


Most alcoholics have been emotionally and spiritually broken for such a long time, it's hard for them to believe it's even possible to regain their sanity and get their life back. But they can and they will as long as they continue to come back, attend meetings, and listen. Many people have said that when they least expected it the higher power thing finally made sense…….So they finally…..Came to believe that a Power greater than them self could restore them to sanity.



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  1. Addict

    Many people have benefited from groups like AA. Sometimes all you need is just someone to be with you, to listen to what you have to say.

  2. Addict

    This is such nice information. Step Two is the beginning of the search for a higher power. It is more important step for them.

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