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Our Need for God in Recovery - P3

A godless heart leads to spiritual and sometimes even physical death.

Alcoholism is a spiritual malady (sickness) that requires a spiritual solution. 
The first one hundred men and women who RECOVERED "from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body"1 came to realize and understand that "no human power could have relieved us from our alcoholism".2  Even as unsettling and upsetting as that realization was for them, it was their only hope. For them, there were no other alternatives. Without spiritual help (God), all they had to look forward to were jails, institutions, and finally death.

Understandably, many who come to the rooms of AA believe they do not need God and can 'recover' on their own by using the group or something else as their 'Higher Power'. Some may succeed for a time, but most only achieve 'so-dry-ety' -- wherein one is merely dry for the moment, not genuinely (emotionally) sober.3

As is repeatedly stressed in the 'Big Book' of AA, we alcoholics do not have the ability to remove our obsession to drink. Neither can we control our drinking once we pick up that first drink, because we have placed ourselves "beyond human aid."4 Left to our own devices,5 we will eventually pick up again, because we are not happy about our sobriety.6

Behavioral modification (psychotherapy) cannot change our heart,
and our heart is the foundation of our life!

"A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs never grow on thorn bushes, nor grapes on bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart." --Luke 6:43-45 (NLT2)


1 Alcoholics Anonymous, Forward to the First Edition

2 ibid., page 60

3 Author is speaking from both personal experience and long-term observation of others in the rooms.

4 ibid., chapter 2, "Their is a Solution", pages 24, 25

5 See Google search engine results for "left to our own devices" meaning,

6 ibid., chapter 11, "A Vision for You", pages 151, 152


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