Prayers For Sobriety

Sobriety is the condition of not having any measurable levels or effects from alcohol or drugs. Sobriety is also considered to be the natural state of a human being given at a birth. A person in a state of sobriety is considered sober. In a treatment setting, sobriety is the achieved goal of independence from consuming alcohol. As such, sustained abstinence is a prerequisite for sobriety. Early in abstinence, residual effects of alcohol consumption can preclude sobriety. These effects are labeled “PAWS,” or “post acute withdrawal syndrome.” Someone who abstains, but has a latent desire to resume use, is not considered truly sober. An abstainer may be subconsciously motivated to resume alcohol consumption, but for a variety of reasons, abstains (e.g. a medical or legal concern precluding use). Sobriety has more specific meanings within specific contexts, such as the culture of many substance use recovery programs, law enforcement, and some schools of psychology. In some cases, sobriety implies achieving “life balance.”


Eric Clapton’s Prayer For Sobriety

The birth of his son, Conor, in 1986, was a wake-up call for Eric Clapton: his drinking, resumed during the breakup of both his marriage and his affair with the baby’s mother, had to stop. Back in rehab, on his knees, he finally found the help he needed. In an excerpt from his autobiography, the rock ’n’ roll master recalls the tragedy of four-year-old Conor’s death–and the sobriety and the music that kept him sane.

“The noise in my head was deafeningand drinking was in my thoughts all the time,” he writes. “It shocked me to realize that here I was in a treatment center, a supposedly safe environment, and I was in serious danger. I was absolutely terrified, in complete despair.

“At that moment, almost of their own accord, my legs gave way and I fell to my kneesIn the privacy of my room I begged for help. I had no notion who I thought I was talking to, I just knew that I had come to the end of my tether, I had nothing left to fight with,” Clapton confesses. “Then I remembered what I had heard about surrender, something I thought I could never do, my pride just wouldn’t allow it, but I knew that on my own I wasn’t going to make it, so I asked for helpand, getting down on my kneesI surrendered.”

“From that day until this, I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express gratitude for my life and, most of all, for my sobriety,” Clapton continues. “I choose to kneel because I feel I need to humble myself when I pray, and with my ego, this is the most I can do. If you are asking why I do all this, I will tell you… because it works, as simple as that. In all this time that I’ve been sober, I have never once seriously thought of taking a drink or a drug. I have no problem with religion, and I grew up with a strong curiosity about spiritual matters, but my searching took me away from church and community worship to the internal journey. Before my recovery began, I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him.”

— Excerpted from Clapton: The Autobiography, by Eric Clapton, to be published this month by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; © 2007 by E.C. Music Limited

Prayers For Sobriety

Prayer For Sobriety

God’s power is greater than the power of alcohol or drugs in my life.
God in this moment I ask for your help.
Help me to have personal ongoing power over my lower desires.
I know that without this daily God-given power — I will lose control.

I ask in prayer for a Divine intervention.
Touch and uplift my personal control over momentary temptation.
I pray for immediate help, bring me spiritual as well as human support.
I pray for 10 times the control to abstain.
I pray for God’s Will in my own willpower.

I choose to experience the high of sobriety and the rewards it offers,
through a clear head and rational thought.
I experience the reward of realizing that this moment,
I have won the overcoming battles of this day.
God and I have a combined power.
Combined power that can not be overcome and can not be defeated.

I actively work with God’s power that does not know relapse.
I pray for protection against my former self and its ways of living.
If I have succumbed to this in the past and am now amidst the wreckage of my life, I know in faith that with God’s daily help I can and will rebuild my life anew.
Life with God carries a promise given to me of success.

I choose God’s happiness now.
I choose to work with God to rebuild my life, my career, and my relationships.
I choose only alcohol and drug-free associations with others.
Because I choose life over the sickness and death associated with
substance abuse.

I ask God to heal me and satisfy my cravings.
I pray that even in healing I will never forget that I have an
addiction, an addiction that has the power to harm myself and others.
I pray that I continually make a spiritual commitment to new life,
that will never allow entrance, to substances that poison living.
My life is now filled with opportunity that knows no end.

The new party is alcohol and drug-free, filled with sober people committed to our
new lifestyle.
Daily I support, and am supported by, people strongly committed to sobriety.
Motivate me daily, dear God, to attend A.A. or N.A.
Daily I support, and am supported by, my strong faith in God.

God IS my help in every need!

—- from P.O. Box 7993 The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Morning Prayer For Sobriety

God, direct my thinking today so that it be empty of self-pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. God, inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God, show me what I need to do to take care of any problems. I ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man. In the spirit of the Steps I pray. Amen.

Night Prayer For Sobriety

God, forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person – show me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream of life, God. Free me of worry, remorse or morbid (sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others. Amen.

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