The Step Program is a highly successful recovery program that has been used by individuals worldwide to overcome alcohol and drug addiction. Each step is a principle that is designed to help people who are struggling with addictive behaviors. Although the thought of working through the Step Program can seem daunting, try to remember that you only have to take one step at a time and there is no time limit or deadline. Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable. Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 3 of AA: Turning Your Life Over to a Higher Power
You make decisions all day everyday, right? What if we were to surrender the manageability part? We can surrender a lifetime of self-will run amok by making the decision to turn it all over to a Higher Power and allow someone and something to care for us. We can stop wearing ourselves out trying to make and force everything to happen as if we were in charge of everything in the world. Recovery is a spiritual process and step three is when the doors of hope, faith and trust are opened allowing us to once again take a deep breath and feel the serenity: a gift of sobriety. The essence of step three is turning over your will, getting out of the way, and being restored to reality, honesty, balance and peace of mind.
How to Work Step 3 | 12 Step Program Tips & Worksheets
Worksheets are a great tool to have when working through some of the steps. Here we have compiled some questions related to recovery into separate worksheets. Note that these are not done by a professional counselor but by people who have had experience working the step.
The third stage on the road to sobriety is one of the most important. It can also be one of the most frightening and difficult steps for recovering alcoholics to confront. Step 1 demanded honesty.