WILL VS. WILLPOWER

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Step three of addiction recovery is…

Turn my will and life over to God.


That is a powerful statement if we understand what ‘will’ means.

Will is our desire, or our choice. Turning our desire or choice over to God means we will let him direct us to a different life. 

However, I hear a lot of addicts speaking of willpower… the ability to control ourself… often through strong determination.


My concern is that if a person had the ability to control their behavior, they wouldn’t be an addict.

Perhaps that is why step 3 instructs addicts to turn their life over to God.