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12 Step Alcoholism Recovery Program: Step 3

We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, Retreat at Lancaster County will be providing tips on alcoholism recovery and prevention throughout the month of April.

Step three in the twelve step program outlined by Alcoholics Anonymous focuses still on the Higher Power realized in Step 2. Once you have accepted and realized that there is a power greater than your addiction – whether you believe this is God or some other form of power – you can begin to turn yourself over to this power and have faith in its ability to bring you back to sanity. Letting go of the need to control your addiction, and allowing your interpretation of God to step in and guide you, is a difficult task to accomplish. However, it’s important to remember the very first step in the program: you are powerless over your addiction. Your addiction has consumed and disrupted to your life, and prevented you from finding sanity and peace. You cannot overcome this addiction on your own, so you must resist the urge to keep control for yourself.

Step 3 revolves around your commitment to turning your life over to God or your own interpretation of a Higher Power. Remember that committing to do something is different from actually doing it – in this way, your focus should be on arriving at a place where you feel confident turning control of your life over to your higher power. Until you wholeheartedly commit to this, you will be unable to complete the remaining nine steps in the program.

Retreat at Lancaster County offers substance abuse treatment programs customized to fit your needs. Our leadership team and staff are committed to the full cycle of recovery and relapse prevention.

To begin your drug or alcohol addiction rehab treatment and recovery at Retreat now, please call us for more information or immediate travel arrangements to our Lancaster, PA location or from surrounding areas in DE, MD, DC, NJ, NY, and other parts of Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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