A student who arrived here struggling with substance abuse and depression almost two years ago will be graduating in June. She has come a long way, but she's already nervous about the upcoming transition back into "the real world." She's worried about staying sober and healthy-minded; about having fun and finding something in life that holds her interest. Her friends hear her out and ask about her program. They suggest that the 12 Steps that have gotten her this far will see her through if she works them. Where is she spiritually? What about her prayer life? "I've sort of been ignoring it," she admitted.
We believe in growing along spiritual lines through the grace of a higher power. But putting our trust in a higher power doesn't work if it's only some vague notion. The 11th Step gives us a very precise definition of the type of relationship we need with a higher power: Conscious contact. The young woman is taking this to heart.