Step 2

Faith, Acceptance, Conviction
Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to recovery

Summary and how it applies to the 12 steps.

If we are powerless over our addictions, then what comes next? This is where the second Step 2 of the 12 step program comes in and gives those seeking sobriety an outlet for potential recovery. The second step aims to show someone battling addiction a way forward. It is worth mentioning that this step introduces a “higher power/higher self”.

Some programs may use the terms God, him, power, higher self, the universe, or the like.  A "higher power” is anything external that inspires you to stay sober.  This power usually has a larger presence than an individual person. North Palm Beach Recovery Center strives to make the 12 step program one that is applicable to all secular and spiritual people. Examples of a higher “power” include a religious God, the universe, or karma.  Some may choose the process of recovery itself. In the end, you get to decide what a “higher power” means to you.

Step Exercises/Discussion Topics

  1. What was the religion that your family of origin practiced or claimed to be a part of? List the positive and negative aspects as you see it of your family’s religion.
  2. Have you made a break with your family's religion or have you stayed with it? Explain why you have taken your particular course of action.
  3. What other people have helped you to see the unmanageability of your life? Do they believe in a Higher Power and if so describe their belief as far as you know of it.
  4. Which of these most resonate with you? Christian Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Activist Humanitarian, Environmentalist, Unitarian
  5. Describe events, situations or people who have helped you to understand what a "Higher Power" or God is all about.
  6. Describe any dreams that you have had about a "Higher Power" or God, and what they mean to you.
  7. What have been your previous experiences with religion? How do you think that this does or does not relate to your experience with a higher power than ourselves?

Other Steps of The 12 Steps

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