Spencer was a guest on the Sober Speak podcast, with a conversation about Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Al-Anon. Sober Speak has mostly an AA focus, but the host, John M does sometimes invite members of Al-Anon to share their experience, strength, and hope.
We talked about how I suddenly felt my powerlessness one day, and how that brought me to this program of recovery. And then, the long journey to actually accepting that I am powerless over my loved one's alcoholism.
I resisted the notion of God as I understood God from my childhood, but was able to accept that there was some power greater than myself that was working in my life, because I was starting to feel better as I worked the Al-Anon program.
My sponsor encouraged me to “act as if” I had made a decision to turn my life over to the care of this (unknown) higher power. This got easier as I started to listen to the wisdom I was surrounded with. Eventually, I came to understand that I did not need to have a “picture” of my higher power in order to accept its guidance and support.
We will continue this conversation through the steps in the future, and I will share those here when they happen.
Readings and Links
A listener asked about the detachment reading I shared in episode 188, Detachment with Love. It is from a small flyer called Detachment, published by Al-Anon. It is available as a PDF from the Al-Anon web site.
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