Second Step Explained
In Step One, we learn that we are truly powerless over our addiction. We realize exactly what we are battling — a mind that entices us to drink or use, and a body that then compels us to keep drinking or using once we start. We realize that, without help, we are doomed to continue our addiction. We may have periods of sobriety, but our mind will always convince us to drink or use again if we leave it untreated. We admit to our innermost selves that we are powerless over our addiction, and that our life is unmanageable. So then what do we do about it?
If we are powerless, then we must find a power that can help us. For every person that power can be different. It can be the power inherent in the collective group of Alcoholics Anonymous, the direction of one’s sponsor, or it can be a spiritual power of any kind. This power does not need to be God in any traditional sense of the term at all. This force can be vague and undefined. The point is we come to believe that there is some sort of power helping individuals to achieve sobriety.
We look around at all the sober individuals in Alcoholics Anonymous who used to drink or use drugs like we did — who were once just as hopeless . We witness how they’ve changed. We hear their laughter. We see their smiles. We sense their kindness, warmth and love. We hear their horrendous stories from their past lives in addiction, and we acknowledge that something must be working in their lives.
If we are willing to believe that the program of Alcoholics Anonymous worked for those people, then maybe, just maybe, it can work for us too.
If we want what those sober, happy people have, then we need to do what they did. And what did they do? They worked the rest of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In Step Two we come to believe that there is hope for us for a better life — one free from our addiction. We come to believe that there is a power that can help us achieve recovery.
To learn more in depth about this Step and the topic of finding a Higher Power, we recommend reading Step Two in the Twelve and Twelve and the chapter called “We Agnostics” in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.