Acceptance is one of the most important tools in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. There are many things that are out of your control, but if you can accept that everything is the way it’s supposed to be at all times, you can truly attain inner peace. This is often easier said than done.
Acceptance can be defined as the act of taking or receiving something offered. In human psychology the word is used to describe a person’s assent to the reality of a situation. The individual is able to accept the reality of what is happening and they do not feel the need to protest it or change it.
What are your first thoughts on this topic? What does acceptance mean to you?
^*^*^*^*^ Page 417 of the big book: Acceptance "And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation -- Some fact of my life -- unacceptable to me, And I can find no serenity until I accept That person, place, thing, or situation As being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; Unless I accept life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much On what needs to be changed in the world As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."
When did you first read the Acceptance statement? What was your reaction to it?
When you were new, what kinds of loss and disappointments were you experiencing? How did the spiritual tool of Acceptance help?
In early sobriety, did you try to force certain outcomes were there some consequences you were trying to avoid? Did you get the outcome you desired?
In early sobriety, did you struggle against reality? How does acceptance and reality relate?
What is the serenity prayer? How does the acceptance statement and the serenity prayer relate? What is your experience with the prayer?
What does acceptance look like today?
What are you trying to accept today? What tools, steps, prayers, slogans, traditions, are you using?