The idea that we can overcome addiction and alcoholism by admitting powerlessness may seem contradictory. After all, we need to gain power over our lives if we are to be free from the cycle of addiction. Surrender, it may seem, would be allowing ourselves to give into the power that substances have in our lives. However, when we finally acknowledge that we suffer from the disease of addiction, we open ourselves up to seeking power in something greater than ourselves.
We cannot be successful in our recovery unless we experience a spiritual awakening and entire psychic change. The decision not to surrender and continue living our lives according to our own self-will can hardly be a success. The fact of our disease is that we are unable to stop drinking or using drugs no matter how strong our will, motivation, or desire to do so may be. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves.” We came to a point where we had to realized that our ego had been standing in the way of our ability to be honest, open-minded, and willing enough to accept spiritual help and find the power to overcome addiction and alcoholism in something greater than ourselves. Dr. Harry M. Tiebout of Alcoholics Anonymous Cleveland, explains in a 2013 Akron InterGroup News article what the function of surrender in AA is: “It produces that stopping by causing the individual to say, ‘I quit. I give up on my headstrong ways. I’ve learned my lesson.’ Very often for the first time in that individual’s adult career, he has encountered the necessary discipline that halts him in his headlong pace. Actually, he is lucky to have within him the capacity to surrender. It is that which differentiates him from the wild animals. And this happens because we can surrender and truly feel, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’” The disease of addiction and alcoholism is complex—it encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. When we surrender to the notion that we are powerless over substances, we finally open ourselves up to accepting a spiritual solution that has helped countless others recover from the hopeless state of mind, body, and spirit caused by addiction and alcoholism.
Addiction doesn’t have to control your life. There is a solution, and recovery is possible. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future in sobriety. The Lakehouse Recovery Center offers a variety of treatment services tailored to each client’s individual need, from Medical Detox Treatment to Drug Treatment Aftercare and Relapse Prevention. For more information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 762-3707