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"(We) Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to a healthy pattern of living."

The healthy pattern referred to in this step is not the pattern of past behaviors. We will be restored to a healthy pattern of living by surrendering to Step 1, we now find ourselves in recovery and our lives are still unhealthy/unmanageable in many areas.

Much of that unhealthiness/un-manageability comes from doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results each time. Of course, the results are always the same, unhealthy patterns in our lives/un-manageability.. But what is there to do? Go on the best we can, or begin to change with the Second Step as our guide through recovery?

The next question we begin to ask is: What is that power that is greater than ourselves?

An ultimate power greater than ourselves, whatever our concept of a Higher Power is. Then best way to explain this is that a power greater than ourselves can change from situation to situation. A power greater than ourselves can be the Program, the Group, a Sponsor, another Person, Pain or something we read, etc. It is anything that makes us aware of the unhealthy pattern of living we act out.

Now having an understanding of the Second Step, let's look at some of the ways we can apply the Second Step into our lives.

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