Step 3

Surrender, Succumbing, White Flag
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our higher power/self

Summary and how it applies to the 12 steps.

Step 3 of the 12 steps transfers from an idea or ideology to a step of action. It’s time to take the ideology of step 2 and apply it. Notable phrases in this step include: “Turn our will [over]” and “Power as we understand it”. North Palm Beach encourages anyone to use the program with their own concept of higher power.

You may see terms like “prayer” and “meditation.” This is why reframing these concepts is essential to your knowledge of the 12 Steps. Please be aware that turning your will over does not mean all control of life is out of your hands. The 12 steps is a collaborative effort, therefore individuals in recovery should identify what’s in their own control, and what is not.

Step Exercises/Discussion Topics

  1. What are your greatest fears about giving up control over your life to a higher power?
  2. What things, people or circumstances have you tried to control in the past and how has that turned out? 
  3. How would you answer the question "Who am I"?
  4. How would you answer the question "Who is God"? In other words,
  5. describe God as you understand God.
  6. Describe who or what you trust and to what degree.
  7. In what do you find meaning now or think that you can find meaning in the future?
  8. What changes do you expect to make and how will this look in specific detail?

Other Steps of The 12 Steps

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