In 12 Step recovery we talk about using prayer and meditation “to improve our conscious contact with a higher power,” as we understand it.
It is not necessary to believe in a metaphysical higher power in order to recover, nor is it necessary to believe that prayer involves communicating with one. The concepts and the practice, however, are important. We must be able to admit to ourselves that we do not know everything, and that we cannot – in and of ourselves – cause our recovery to happen. We require guidance from sources experienced in the practical techniques of recovery – a “higher power” in that context, regardless of what we want to call it.
More at; Thoughts on the Eleventh Step