The disease of alcohol and drug addiction is not just mental and physical, but also spiritual. In the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous, we “admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.” We certainly have proof of the unmanageability of our lives from our past, our actions and the mental and physical effects of those actions. The spiritual malady, however, can be seen as an inward unmanageability. It affects every aspect of our lives and must be overcome if we wish to fix ourselves mentally and physically. Many men and women in A.A. describe certain feelings they had before they ever picked up a drink or drug. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous refers to the symptoms of the spiritual malady as “bedevilments”, explaining that “we were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people.” These feelings, often simplified as restlessness, irritability, and discontentment, led them toward substances as a way of relieving their spiritual pain. Many of us felt that there was something wrong with us or something missing—in short, we felt different from other people. We couldn’t understand why the people surrounding us could feel happiness or contentment, so we turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medicating our perceived shortcomings. From our time spent feeding our addictions, we feel that the opposite begins to happen. Rather than providing a feeling of relief, we find ourselves in a perpetual “dark night of the soul”, cut off from any sense of spiritual comfort. For us, the only way to overcome these feelings is to fearlessly embark upon a spiritual program of action. We have found that these problems no longer exist for us when we begin living by spiritual principles and improving our conscious contact with our higher power. We realize that we are not alone. There are many men and women who felt the same way and have been able to overcome the malady by maintaining spiritual fitness and practicing the principles of A.A. in all of their affairs. The 12-Steps focus on addressing and fixing the spiritual problems that led us into our addiction, and by doing so, we find that they allow us to positively change our mental and physical issues as well.
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