February – Step Two

As addicts, we have the opportunity to concentrate on one step each calendar month and many 12-Step groups choose topics accordingly. Since February is the 2nd month of the year, Step 2 is top of mind which reads, “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. The key principles are faith (or belief) and sanity. It implies that we can actually stop drinking or drugging, therefore achieve some level of sanity, when it was otherwise impossible while we were overpowered by our active addiction. It can be difficult at times to imagine a life where the obsession to use doesn’t dictate every thought and action. Luckily, we are not alone as long we “come to believe” that there is something more, greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity. The wording used in this step “power” is intentional as it doesn’t define the source. Initially, the power of the group, a Sponsor, or sober supports can help along the journey leading to a personal definition of this power, but this step tells us that we must believe that it will restore us to sanity also. This can sometimes be a difficult step but eventually proves to also be a freeing one realizing that we are never alone, and hope is just a step away.