Best Prayers in Sobriety

In recovery, and in 12 step based recovery programs especially, prayer is a major component of the recovery process. We feel it is important to clarify that prayer DOES NOT have to be religious at all. The prayer that is prescribed as a means of recovery from addiction or alcoholism is considered to be spiritual in nature. Spiritual prayer can best be described as a highly personal interaction or communication with a power greater than yourself. You do not have to pray to “god” although you definitely can if so inclined. Many individuals in recovery pray to a somewhat undefined higher power or spirit of the universe. If you have never prayed before or your experience is limited, don’t worry- we have you covered. We have compiled a list of the Top Prayers in Recovery below:

Best Prayers in AA for Recovery

For those of you that identify with Alcoholics Anonymous we have compiled a list of the Top Prayers in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The First Step Prayer

Dear Lord,

I admit that I am powerless over my addiction.

I admit that my life is unmanageable when I try to control it.

Help me this day to understand

The true meaning of powerlessness.

Remove from me all denial of my addiction.


The Fifth Step Prayer

Higher Power,

My inventory has shown me who I am,

Yet I ask for Your help

In admitting my wrongs to another person and to You.

Assure me, and be with me, in this Step,

For without this Step I cannot progress in my recovery.

With Your help, I can do this, and I do it.

The Eleventh Step Prayer

Higher Power, as I understand You,

I pray to keep my connection with You

Open and clear from the confusion of daily life.

Through my prayers and meditation I ask especially for

Freedom from self-will, rationalization, and wishful thinking.

I pray for the guidance of correct thought and positive action.

Your will Higher Power, not mine, be done.

Best Prayers in NA for Recovery

For those of you who identify with Narcotics Anonymous we have compiled a list of the Top Prayers in Narcotics Anonymous.

The Third Step Prayer

Take my will and my life, guide me in

my recovery, show me how to live.

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.


As always, if you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol use or substance use- we are here to help! Please call 855-698-3554 or call directly at 201-663-2914 to speak with a member of our team to discuss what your options are.