The Serenity Prayer

This really resonated with me today after deciding to pursue a different approach to treatment than my neurologist has recommended. In 1997, I too was an inpatient in a psychiatric unit, and was moved by the simplicity and comfort of The Serenity Prayer. It seems to reappear at times in my life when I need to be reminded, as I was today. I DO have the courage to change the things I can, and I can change this. My treatment is my own to control, thank you very much.

Phoenix - The Rebirth of My Life


July 24, 2014 8:30 pm

The Serenity Prayer, a commonly recited prayer and adopted by Alcohol Anonymous and several other programs. I was first introduced to this prayer during my most recent hospitalization in early May of this year. When the recovery specialist (RS) entered the room she wrote on the board “Developing Your Safety Crisis Plan.” Now, my current state of mind at this time was extremely low: severely depressed and suicidal, and I did not care about developing a so called ‘safety crisis plan’ because I did not plan to leave the hospital alive: I wanted out. I could not leave the seminar since as an inpatient you are required to attend all groups, participate, and make progress in your treatment plan for the day. So I sat there. Giving the RS the death stare while shaking my left leg which I could not control and biting my…

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