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Surrendering in Sobriety

October 23, 2016 by Kayce L.

When we surrender, we “give up,” putting the focus where it belongs: on our higher power. But it isn’t giving up in the way we normally define it. The action is more like “giving over.” In love. It is offered to us in love, by Love, for love. And we accept it the same way: in love, for love, out of love.Recovery is all about surrendering and acceptance. One day at a time. Recovery cannot begin without surrendering ones will.


  1. Sheryl says:

    So True thank you so much Kayce!

  2. janice says:

    Relieve me of the bondage of self. Kayce thank you for your service.

  3. Many are afraid what would happen if they give their lives over to God. The burden of trying to live life alone will be lifted.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Once we surrender we can allow ourself to disconnect from that which holds us in one place and allow our creator to pick us up and put us someplace better. It is always better with everyday. As long as we stay close with one another we will always be in this together. Even if just a simple comment on this page 🙂

  5. Jordan says:

    I’m Jordan, and I’m an alcoholic. My very first meeting was about “turning it over.” I was so beaten down and worn out. Even today, I can hardly explain the relief and hope that came from that meeting. I didn’t have to fight anymore. It seemed like the harder I fought, the worse things got. Surrendering to win had never occurred to me, and I still can’t explain exactly how it works, but it works. I guess it’s grace. Over the days, I’ve learned that surrender is not only a solution to drinking, but it’s a solution for all of life’s problems.

    Thank you for this post and this app. I’m grateful to be sober today, and I’m glad to be here.

  6. Chloeb says:

    Welcome Jordan!! Very glad you’re here!! Thank you k for the post!! I surrender every day to my higher power for his will not mine to be done …and each day it does get better and I don’t know how it works either but today I didn’t take a drink and god willing I wake up tomorrow if I do the same thing as today I’ll have another 24 hours

  7. janice says:

    Welcome Jordan, turning it over for me is like giving up another full time job. I hope you feel as much contentment and relief as possible. This journey of recovery is way to painful to do alone. Glad you are here.

  8. Chloeb says:

    Hi Janice !! Drinking for me was an exhausting full time job… I was always trying to figure out how to drink less how to not blackout how to stop before I needed to go to bed so I could get up for work… hiding how much I drank and what I drank.. just very exhausting.. today I am happy joyous and free .. free from all of that and free from worry and it is all because of AA and recovery.. this program works if you work it and I am a truly blessed to have been given a chance for a sober happy life.. it gets better and you’re right we don’t have to do this alone!! Keep coming back and don’t take the first drink and you won’t get drunk!! Work the steps and you will see those 9th step promises come true!! I promise !!

  9. Dave w says:

    Jordan glad you are here.
    I haven’t posted in a while but I am glad to be here.
    Stressing over new job has pulled my focus from stressing over our addict son.
    Good news is I am sober another day. Sitting outside enjoying the smell of a campfire. Went to a chapel this morning with a room full of us broken people.
    Knowing that we all belong.
    Things could be worse and often have been. But now in this moment with god I feel okay. Thought I would share.

  10. Dave C says:

    In order to be who you are, you must let go ( surrender) of who you think you are. For so long I was an ego maniac with an inferiority complex.

  11. Chloeb says:

    It will get better just keep coming back!! For today don’t take a drink …I like page 417 of the bb… to remind me of acceptance…

  12. Dave C says:

    Anyone else feel like life is good in between surrenders?

  13. Gayle R says:

    Surrender is my watch word daily! Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today! I am happy, whole, joyous & free. Staying close to my HP/God every minute of every day! Listen, listen, listen & then listen. Listen to learn & learn to listen. These were my mom’s words on her death bed; 12 years sober. October 1976, the chain of alcoholism was broken in our family. Sobriety does make a difference!! Surrender & Acceptance make recovery possible!! Stay!!

  14. Jerry says:

    Let go of who you think you are?? This is one of the areas I disagree. I am a husband, a father, a very attentive worker, and responsible for my actions. In my AA group we battle on this. No way in gods name would I let go of who I am. I worked so hard to know who I am.

  15. Jerry says:

    Now hang on…I understand a newly recovering alcoholic may not know his true self. They would think they are, somehow, not the person they have spiraled downward to be. I am several years sober thanks to AA. Newcomers, I feel, need to latch onto every principle of AA. Old timers have found what parts of AA WORK FOR THEM.

  16. Jo says:

    AA saved my life it gave me back my self
    A self I never knew
    It helps me every day to get to know this self better
    Without being as terrified as I used to be to learn about myself and others
    It’s not easy living in this crazy world sober without using alcohol drugs food shopping etc etc etc to run away and escape from myself and life
    However with this beautiful spiritual program my HP has bestowed upon me and support of others I am able to walk the walk
    Keep coming back
    The person who got up the earliest is sober the longest!! Anniversary next week 39 years!! It works

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