Weekly Focal Point:
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
12 Step Series
Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“Taking Step One brought us face-to-face with the truth: We were not equal to the task of changing any other human being. We needed more than our human experience and intelligence to solve the problems of living, especially living with an alcoholic, whether still drinking or not. The Second Step suggested that we were not alone with those problems if we “came to believe” that help was within our reach. The words “came to believe” meant a gradual awakening to the reality of a Higher Power in our lives. This Step brought us a glimmer of hope as we made our first timid moves towards establishing a working relationship with a “Power greater than ourselves.” We began to perceive that this Power was ready to help us whenever we were ready to accept its guidance.”
(Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, pg. 13)
The Three C’s of Alanon
We Didn’t Cause ItStep one states, “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable.” Addiction is a chronic disease, and there is nothing we can say or do to stop our loved ones from using or drinking.
We Can’t Control ItStep two states, “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” We realize there is nothing we can do to control addiction. Instead, we seek a power greater than ourselves to rely upon, just as our loved one is doing.
We Can’t Cure It
Step three states, “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” After we realize there is nothing we can do to control the addiction, we can begin putting it in the hands of our Higher Power.
Considerations for the Week
1. Have I considered the difference between faith and a “working relationship” with my Higher Power?
2. Where can I acknowledge with gratitude the ways in which I have grown in my life today?
3. Does the hope of families who have come before me and found freedom, appeal to me? Am I willing to go to any lengths to obtain the same level of freedom?
The Family Afterward Meeting
Our next Family Afterward Meeting will take place on June 27, 2023 at 7 PM CST via Zoom. Please join us for a topic discussion meeting.
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To contact a family recovery coordinator or to volunteer to submit a “Family Success Story” spotlighting your experience, strength, and hope, please email us!
BRC Monthly Speaker Meeting
BRC Healthcare’s monthly speaker meeting is back! Join us June 10 for food, fellowship, and speaker Courtney W. Doors open at 6 PM with the meeting beginning at 8 PM. This event is open to the general public and all in the Austin recovery community. We look forward to reconnecting with each of you in Mark Houston Hall.
For those of you who are unable to attend locally, livestream over Zoom will be available.
Please note that our Zoom link has been fixed.