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Addiction and Recovery

  • Eleventh Step Groups

The WCCM Addiction & Recovery program shares an ancient way of spiritual practice in an inclusive and open manner as a way to practice the 11th step. All are welcome, faith or none, 12 step or not. (We are not a replacement for nor are we affiliated with any 12-step program).

“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.” (Mission Statement of the WCCM 11th Step Program)

  • About

Thousands of people in recovery across the world hear these words every day at 12 Step recovery meetings:

"Let us begin with a moment of silence…"

This “moment”—usually five seconds at best—represents the first intentional encounter that many addicts have with silence. The purpose of this program is to share Christian Meditation as a simple inclusive way to enter more deeply into the silence, in which we can achieve the “conscious contact with God” sought in the 11th Step.

Whether you are a newcomer to recovery, or an old-timer seeking to enhance your spiritual life, meditation can reinforce the God-centered spirituality of the 12 Step paths to healing and growth. John Main, the Irish Benedictine monk who rediscovered this way of prayer in the Christian tradition said,

 

The essence of meditation is learning to stand back and to allow God to come into the forefront of your life, to take that step away from self-centeredness to God Centeredness.

Meditation is the practice of silence, stillness, and simplicity. Silence means letting go of thoughts. Stillness means letting go of desires. And simplicity means letting of self-analysis. By cultivating these three spiritual principles, meditation is part of a universal tradition while it also represents a contemporary expression of the centuries-old stream of contemplative prayer within the Christian tradition. It offers the quiet, interior, and transformative approach to God followed by the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and all the great mystics and monastics like Julian of Norwich, the Cloud of Unknowing, St Francis of Assisi, John of the Cross. 

While deeply rooted in this wisdom tradition, this way of practicing the 11th Step stands open to us all, whatever our conception of God may be. The silence beckons to us from the core of the world’s great spiritual traditions, and in that silence we find confirmation of what the early members of Alcoholics Anonymous discovered: 

To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.

May this simple way of prayer be useful across the broad spectrum of 12 step programs – and beyond.

To be alive is to be addicted, and to be alive and addicted is to stand in need of grace…Grace is our only hope for dealing with addiction, the only power that can truly vanquish its destructiveness. (Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald May M.D).

  • Guidelines for a Group

It is important to have a basic understanding of the Essential Teaching of Christian Meditation and the guidelines for How to Start A Group. This will be the foundation for your group.

Meditation begins with a call that awakens us out of the coma of self–preoccupation. We are called, we are chosen. Meditation is our response to that call from the deepest centre of our awakened consciousness...by letting go in meditation we learn how to love.

- John Main, OSB

Suggested Format for an 11th Step Christian Meditation Group

 

  • Welcome (Reminder to mute microphones if online)
  • Introduce ourselves by name and where we are from
  • Read or ask someone to read the Mission Statement.
  • Read How to Meditate
  • Reading into the silence
  • Opening Prayer
  • Meditate 25 Minutes
  • End Silence with Serenity Prayer
  • Faith Sharing

What is Faith sharing? Contemplative faith sharing is a time of listening with the ear of the heart to the reading and to one another. Listen first for a particular word, phrase or thought that resonates with your life, your practice of meditation or your faith journey. Faith Sharing is brief and based on experience not speculation.

  • Reading for Faith Sharing – Slowly three times
  • Invitation to stay afterwards briefly for any questions or concerns
  • Conclude with the Closing Prayer
  • Learn About our Weekly Online Group
  • Learn About the Neptune Beach Retreat Center
  • Talks
  • Talks

Letting Go Letting God

Fr Joe Pereira sees meditation as the act of self-transcendence that is the call to recognise that our true identity is in Christ. Download the transcript

Letting Go Letting God

Fr Joe Pereira sees meditation as the act of self-transcendence that is the call to recognise that our true identity is in Christ. Download the transcript

  • Seminars
  • Resources for Purchase
  • International Contact for WCCM 11th Step Groups
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