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Spiritual Health and Sobriety

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is a worldview in which one feels a connection to a larger force in the universe, beyond the realm of the physical. Spirituality is different from religion, in that religion strives to define beliefs within a set of guidelines, particular to a specific religion. Spirituality is about the search for meaning in life and experiencing something greater than oneself. Some call that God and some call that the “universe,” but no matter the name it is the spiritual.

Spiritual Health – What Is It?

When in the throes of addiction one’s sole purpose becomes using the substance or drinking the alcohol. This leaves no room for the spiritual. Drugs and alcohol numb the connection to the inner self, that place that is real, where there are feelings (sometimes difficult and painful, but also glorious and good). That inner place is also the place where the connection to the universe, or God, takes place so if there is a barrier there spirituality suffers.

Spiritual health means finding the way back to that inner place of connectedness. It means finding meaning in something greater than oneself and, in so doing, finding peace. This inner peace, in turn, helps one to navigate life’s demands in a more balanced way. This then resonates into all aspects of life beyond recovery: work, family and friends.

At The Christian Treatment Center, our nondenominational approach focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith, while using a variety of methods to provide the most comprehensive program available in faith-based recovery. Contact us or call us today at (844) 402-3605. As a Christ-oriented treatment center, we are prepared to offer you the Christian support you need to find your faith once more.

The Role of Spirituality in Recovery

Ever since 1935, when Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), spirituality has been the basis of many drug and alcohol treatment programs. Addiction and/or alcoholism can negatively affect the body, mind and soul; in a recovery program the physical and emotional aspects of the addiction are treated, but what of the spiritual component? The use of spiritual counseling in recovery programs combined with detoxification and therapy is a powerful combination to heal the entire person.

According to a study by Narcotics Anonymous, of 527 American Narcotics Anonymous meeting attendees, the large majority (84%) reported having experienced a spiritual awakening… Furthermore, of those reporting a spiritual awakening, 89% reported that it made abstinence easier. (1) And even beyond the initial treatment program, self-reports of having had a “spiritual awakening” through involvement with A.A. are highly predictive of recovery three years following treatment admission.(2)

In recovery, spirituality serves to fill in the gaps between physical and emotional healing. Spirituality can give guidance and support, and can often make someone who possibly has a past they are ashamed of, feel a sense of grace and forgiveness. Many avoid recovery programs that have an element of spirituality to them because they don’t entirely understand what spirituality means. But it really is as simple as coming back to oneself, and thus the connectedness to all things. It is an essential part of recovering body, mind and soul with lasting effect.

Addiction is hard, but help is here. Road to Freedom is the answer, providing peace and comfort in this trying time. Contact us or call us on our 24 hour addiction hotline at (844) 402-3605.

How To Achieve Spiritual Health

While some may have a spontaneous “awakening,” in which that deep inner connection is suddenly there, spiritual health can actually be actively cultivated through one or all of the following:

  • Programs – 12-step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous use spirituality or religion-based acknowledgment of some sort of higher power in the recovery process. As step 3 of the Alcoholics Anonymous program says, (We) “made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
  • Therapy – Speaking to someone about inner demons and working through the painful emotions and negative habits of the past can free the mind and soul to let love and spirituality in.
  • Seek guidance – Talk with a pastor, minister, or rabbi. It doesn’t have to be about religion, but someone in this position can certainly help to answer some of life’s bigger questions, help one down the path of recovery and help to find inner peace.
  • Meditation – According to Psychology Today, meditation is about turning oneself away from external distractions and focusing on the inner self. (3) Meditation has been a practice people have used for thousands of years to connect with their inner selves and often it is as easy as finding a quiet space, slowing down the breath, and becoming conscious of the present moment. Yoga classes, meditation classes, and on-line videos are excellent ways to learn how to meditate.
  • Spending Time Alone – It can be scary to spend time alone, particularly as a newly sober person. What to do with all of those thoughts, sometimes negative, sometimes self abusive? It’s a muscle that must be worked, for loving oneself is a key part of spiritual health.
  • Reading – For many the Bible is a source of comfort and wisdom, and is certainly a beacon of hope and salvation.
  • Finding your purpose – Drugs and alcohol become the purpose. After recovery, spiritual health can be found and maintained by discovering one’s life purpose beyond addiction.

Road to Freedom – Christian Treatment Center

Road to Freedom is a Christ-centered drug and alcohol treatment program. At Road to Freedom, we restore lives through the power of the gospel. Our treatment program combines evidence-based treatments with biblically based beliefs. Our licensed Christian counselors, pastors, and physicians are dedicated to helping individuals suffering from the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol.

Call Road To Freedom Today

At Road to Freedom, our nondenominational approach focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith, while using a variety of methods to provide the most comprehensive program available in faith-based recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, contact us or call us now at (844) 402-3605.. Compassionate counselors are standing by to answer your questions and to get you on the road to recovery.

References:

(1) http://unlimitedloveinstitute.org/downloads/39%20Spirituality-based%20recovery%20from%20drug%20addiction%20J%20Addict%20Med.pdf

(2) http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/pr/2006Spirituality%26AddictionCounseling.pdf Kaskutas, Turk, Bond & Weisner, 2003; Project MATCH Research Group, 1997).

(3) https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/meditation

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