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12 Steps Treatment - Step 11

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out

The 11th step allows us to commit to the 3rd step on a daily basis. Remember that the God is one that you understand. It can be whatever God works for you personally. Many recovering alcoholics and addicts find meditation is a welcome relief from stress and tension in their daily lives. It allows us to reach a natural calm that we once tried to reach by drinking or using drugs.

Prayer keeps us in touch with the guidance of our higher power, whatever this higher power may be to us. If you speak to 100 recovering people, you may find you hear as many as 100 versions of what God is.

"God to me is Natural Law. God is the unifying intelligence that underlies all nature. God is not a person to me, but a Force. It is the Force that allowed mountains and oceans to be created. I don't try to define it anymore than that. It works for me." Suzanne G.

"I grew up with a traditional concept of a Christian God, and that is still comfortable for me. It felt like I was putting on a pair of old gloves. I'd been away so long, and now I was home." John R.

"I have always been a Taoist. At first I was a little turned off by what I thought was a very western idea of God, but I realized...I could pick the God I wanted. If I got hung up on other peoples' Gods and how they talked about them, who was that going to hurt? Only me." Marilyn T.

"For me prayer and meditation are my nightly walks through a nearby park with lovely gardens. I wear a headset and play relaxing music as I walk and consider the beauty around me. I sometimes stop and sit for a few minutes and consider how I spent my day, doing my inventory. I feel invigorated after these walks." Jennifer G.