What is reality to the alcoholic/addict?
As alcoholics and/or addicts we often do not see reality the way it really is. Everybody is not after you (well in your case, they are), you can not drive drunk better than when you are sober (remember, the authorities have this well documented) and the 2 tubes above are crooked. As an example how things sometimes are not how they are perceived the tubes above are straight as an arrow and totally parallel with each other. Due to the lines in the background (your brain) the tubes appear leaning and crooked (your perception) when they are truly straight and parallel (reality). Similarly, you may tell yourself you don't need help, or that treatment centers don't work for you, but there are thousands of success stories from all types of alcoholics with all types of centers, from larger ones like Narconon, to small and simple detox centers.
Same thing with the picture below. The snakes are straight also and equally spaced apart. Ok, I'm just messin' with you this time but are the snakes moving or is it just me?
The Power In Prayer
Prayer is not performed solely by clergy or just for the religiously pious. Prayer is for everyone… this includes you, the addict. Prayer is a powerful tool used in recovery to overcome and deal with addictions. It is a proven tool used successfully in recovery by the millions who are not using today. This powerful tool of prayer and making contact with our Higher Power is available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our daily journey to overcome the struggle, isolation and daily fights of addiction. As we seek God to help us, he opens doors and gives us the power we lacked before in tackling our addiction. With his help you will be able to find a new way of life… clean and sober.
Praying does not come easily for some addicts. Some have never prayed before and/or have misconceptions about praying. Prayer is simply communicating with God—humbly listening and talking to him either silently or out loud. One can pray from the heart spontaneously using your own words or reciting a prayer from a book. One can kneel at their bedside or pray to God while in the shower. You can pray with your eyes open or closed or however else you feel comfortable. The important part is reaching out for his guidance and help in your life. Through prayer we can get the comfort, guidance and understanding we seek to overcome our addiction.
It is all up to you on how to make contact with your higher power. God is able to understand and reach down and touch your life in a million ways. Sometimes his touch goes unnoticed, sometimes they are subtle. Sometimes God touches us in major ways such as Bill W’s spiritual awakening as recounted in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Addicts have been alone in their head for a long time usually knowing the normal person would never understand what you are feeling or going through. Through daily contact with your Higher Power you never have to be alone again. God is with you every step of the way.
To pray to God you simply have to start talking. If you are not used to prayer, it will seem a little odd at first. You might even feel this is a worthless exercise for blind sheep actingy foolishly . We just ask that you work past those feelings until you experience the real power of prayer. Once you connect with this power and make contact with God through prayer you lean and trust him to guide you through all situations.
Feeling all alone is a common symptom we share as addicts. Feeling nobody cares or understands us just contributes to the isolation and misery we trudge through daily. This can be overcome through prayer if we harness the power behind it. That power is God and he is ALWAYS with us. He welcomes us anytime to talk to him. No appointment is necessary and no subject is off limits.
When you feel you're at your ropes end try saying a praying. All it takes is an effort on your part to make a conscious contact with your Higher Power. He will do the rest.