Recovery from addiction requires more than abstinence. I must change everything I know about living in this world. I must find honesty. I must become open and willing.
A deep spiritual change is required, uprooting all my old ways of thinking. I must find a new way of relating to the universe. I must discover who I am and what my place is in this world.
We must necessarily discuss matters of the spirit, for this is where the answer to our problems lies. We must learn to live by spiritual principles. We must find a Higher Power we can believe in.
The only requirement, they said, is that I trust in God and clean house. But God and religion had failed me when I needed them most. Or in the depths of my using, had I abandoned them?