Prayer and meditation are a means of establishing a conscious contact with a Power greater than ourselves, for spiritual healing. Regular spiritual practices help us connect with our Higher Power, which strengthens our recovery.
It is important to explore whatever beliefs you have in a power greater than yourself. This may be God as you know God through your religious beliefs or values. Your higher power may be nature, the energy of the universe, your 12 Step group, or any other thing that is greater than you are.
There are no religious requirements
or beliefs necessary for recovery.
Some people have either lost their spirituality before coming to recovery and some have never had any spiritual beliefs. In recovery you may experience a new or reawakened spiritual feeling. Some of these awakened feelings may challenge your religious upbringing. Be open-minded. Pray for help from your Higher Power — as you understand it or don’t understand it.
Particularly effective is the Serenity Prayer:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
In emergency situations, some of us use it as a mantra, saying it over and over till the crisis passes.