Important Characteristics of Sobriety: Surrender and Spirituality
In my own early recovery, I had issues with God and was afraid for my chances of long-term recovery. Thankfully, those who have achieved long-term sobriety can, and often do, help other addicts. One such person told me that GOD can stand for Good Orderly Direction. This simple shift in thought helped in my personal journey of spiritual surrender, and I developed a deeper relationship with God as a result.
My sponsor and I met recently and discussed spiritual warfare as it applies to recovery from addiction. On the negative side, the war is based in fear and perceived character defects or shortcomings. It’s common in recovery to see someone start to get well, only to be challenged as they face of the spiritual battle. Too busy to continue the efforts that helped him or her start to turn their life around, denial starts to creep back into the victim’s life. The fear and defects keep the alcoholic or addict from truly getting to a place of spiritual surrender, and he or she may never reach the promises of recovery.
The beauty of truly working the Twelve Steps is that the program addresses all areas of our lives and provides healing for each one. It allows us to be in a place of humility and spiritual surrender. If someone is steadfast during this process, it can create deep connections with God and with others in recovery. This fellowship helps protect individuals from losing the spiritual war and gives them the support they need for long-term sobriety.