Why Reliance on A Higher Power is More Helpful than Willpower for Beating Addiction

Many people who have completed a 12-step addiction recovery program go on to sing its praises once they’ve recovered. One of the key differentiators between 12-step programs and other recovery programs (and arguably one of the reasons it’s so effective for so many people) is its incorporation of spirituality. Spirituality and religion are not necessarily the same thing. 12-step programs …

Growing Spiritually

  Growing spiritually is like working out at the gym. After the first training session, I desire immediate results. Similarly, once I begin to seek God, I receive immediate results, though I may not see them or they are not what I expect. Just as I train my muscles at the gym, if I want to progress spiritually, I must …

Give Thanks

  Life is truly amazing. We should be truly baffled by the beauty of this world. We are spearheads of God’s ever-advancing creation. We are perfect in the eyes of our Maker, and therefore, should not sell ourselves short. We tried that and only diminished our worth through self-robbery. We make Him proud by simply singing His name. However, how …

Power Is Within My Friends

  PHOTO PROVIDED BY: HANK EDWARDS “The greatest human quest is to know what one must do in order to become a human being.” —IMMANUEL KANT Where do we find power? What kind of power do you want to live by? I believe there are two powers in this world: Darkness and Light. Everything is capable of emerging out of the darkness …

Purpose in Life

    Photo Provided by: Hank Edwards http://www.hankedwardsfinearts.com/    What is the purpose of the 12 steps? It has been our experience that the 12 steps allow an individual who is suffering from over concentration upon ones self to move away from selfishness/self centeredness and begin to live in an unselfish way. The process of the 12 steps in recovery …

Give Freely

Give like the Earth. Today give of yourself. What if today the trees decided, ” Well guys, we are not going to give out any oxygen today because we do not like the way those humans are treating earth. Let’s see what happens when they cannot breathe.” Thank goodness Mother Earth does not put expectations on giving. Trees do not …

Morning Reflection

At Any Length, through our experience, we have found morning prayer and meditation effective. We believe, especially early on in recovery and in sober living houses, it is important to lay down a solid foundation. So, why not begin each day with seeking God? At Any Length, we begin each day with prayer and meditation. Prayer and meditation are two …