Addiction is a disease that harms the three realms of health: physical, emotional and spiritual. Recovery from addiction is always a struggle, but it can be especially hard for someone struggling to restore their faith. This is why practicing prayers or reciting personal mantras during both addiction treatment and recovery is such a valuable source of positivity— it can bring light into a dark time in your life. But how exactly does prayer work in addiction recovery?
Prayers and Mantras in Addiction Recovery
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” This universal proverb applies to addiction in many ways. The message behind it is that no one is perfect; nor is impervious to earthly temptations. Rather, it is how we respond to life’s challenges that keeps us in God’s favor. In terms of battling addiction, God lends strength to those who turn to Him for guidance. Through prayer, Christians in recovery can surrender themselves so that they may earn God’s forgiveness and the strength needed to extinguish the addiction’s power. In this way, prayer in addiction recovery contributes to a patient’s hope and motivation to fight addiction— and win.
Similarly, mantras can be used by patients in recovery help reinforce positive thinking. On the path to recovery, you will be most likely be faced with a number of temptations, triggers and cravings. To counter this, there are certain mantras that were designed to maintain your awareness of both your strength and your progress so far. Recovering from an addiction is no easy task, but by using personal mantras to stay grounded, your chances of recovery are that much stronger.
Does This Really Work?
Most recovery programs encourage their patients, religious or not, to use prayer and mantras during their treatments. The reason why might surprise you. A number of scientific studies have shown that prayer and mantra recitation seem to have some of the same positive effects on physical health as a lot of popular holistic treatments, like yoga. Prayer can relax the body in a number of ways; it lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and tension, and improves your mood.
Biblical Prayers and Mantras to Practice in Recovery
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
—1 Corinthians 10:13
“Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.”
—2 Corinthians 4:16
“Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
“‘For I will restore Health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord.”
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“Help me, Lord my God; save me according to Your faithful love.”
“Most loving God, we ask your blessing upon all who suffer from addiction. Strengthen them to reach out for help. Enable them to take the first step to recovery. Bless them with the persistence to persevere in the fight to be free. Give courage and hope to their families, drawing them close together in the power of your love, which alone can transform our living. Amen.”
“Bless this day. Keep me safe and whole, kind and compassionate. Bless my path today. Help me to act with wisdom and live in perpetual gratitude. Bless my human family who are everywhere & everyone. Bless the creatures and plants. May all life be blessed on this day. Amen.”
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
“Every breath I take is a moment closer to freedom.”
“One day at a time.”
Biblical Prayers and Mantras for the Newly Sober
Prayers or mantras for the newly sobered tend to be slightly different than ones that might be used during the treatment process. This is mostly because those in early recovery have a new goal: to strengthen their connections their support system as a whole, including friend, family, and the Lord. These are some prayers and mantras that a newly recovered individual might use:
“My mistakes don’t define me, but are transformed by the grace of God. Therefore I release shame off of me and receive love from God and others.”
“O Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”
“Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth;
The glory of action;
The splendor of achievement;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
—Salutation to the Dawn
Practice Prayer and Get Support with Help from Road to Freedom
Substance addiction is arguably the worst results of earthly temptation there is. This disease is one that can easily consume your life and lead you down a path to self-destruction, away from God’s light. That’s why prayer and personal mantras play such an important role in addiction recovery. If you are diligent in your recovery, renounce the substance, disavow those who tempt you to it, and reconnect with God through prayer, you’ll stand a much stronger chance of not only getting sober, but of going on to live a long, happy life. If you or someone you know is struggling with faith and addiction, please call Road to Freedom at 844-402-3605. Our counselors and addiction treatment staff are here to help.