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The Project

The Higher Power Project is an attempt to record and map the range of understandings of ‘Higher Power’ or ‘power greater than ourselves’ used by people in recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs.  Those in recovery through Twelve Step Programmes, or Treatment Centres which use the Twelve Steps, are likely to have some concept of Higher Power, but people in recovery through other methods may also use the concept, or have a response to it that they might like to share with the project team.

The findings of the project will help to inform a more accurate understanding of what is sometimes described as the spirituality of Twelve Step and other recovery programmes. We hope that our analysed data will be of value to treatment providers, the medical profession, social workers and anyone interested in ways in which addicts and alcoholics in sustained recovery build healthy new lives.