Spirituality is often a component that becomes built into individuals’ recovery because of its capacity to give others a clear sense of purpose, goodwill, and belonging in a supportive community. If a Higher Power is present, spirituality often strengthens that sense of connection to one. Many individuals have attested – especially through 12-Step programs – the sincerity of spirituality and what it has done for their lives. If you’re considering taking on a more spiritual perspective of addiction recovery, True Recovery is where you need to go.
Previous studies have even explored the different dimensions of spirituality and how it can become intertwined into a person’s daily life. Take, for example, the following elements of spirituality and healing:
- Spiritual/religious practices – experiencing peacefulness and love, closeness to God, feelings of deep inner harmony, and more
- Positive religious coping – turning to God for strength and guidance
- Purpose in life – finding goals that truly uplift a person in life
- Forgiveness of self – admitting that one has done wrong
- Forgiveness of others – recognizing good things that other people have done
A common experience for those in recovery is to witness a transformation in spirituality over time – such as one’s purpose in life, their ability to forgive themselves and others, as well as negative religious coping mechanisms. Other aspects of spirituality, such as positive religious coping and continuing to participate in spiritual activities such as meditation, 12-Step programs and more, tend to be pretty consistent through a person’s recovery.
Spirituality essentially reminds us that no matter what – through the ups and downs of life, we’re going to be okay. As you learn more about yourself, you will grow and change, and your perceptions will shift over time. You may begin your treatment program with a specific stance just to realize that you would like to incorporate certain aspects of spirituality and/or religion later, and that’s okay. Be open to growing and finding what makes you feel good inside. That’s what matters.
Spirituality is a component of recovery that can or cannot be incorporated. Some organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) promote connection to a Higher Power through 12 steps that everyone spends time working towards. No matter whether you identify with a spiritual element or not, it can have a positive impact on your recovery. In fact, some people find that even though they didn’t connect strongly with a Higher Power before entering recovery, they came to know a Higher Power at a more intimate level which positively intertwined throughout their daily life as they continued getting to know others and practicing the 12-Steps.
Even individuals who have battled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may find that the presence of a Higher Power, and being in a community overall that supports their healing and recovery, energizes their journey to recovery. The aim of spirituality in addiction recovery is not to shame people or make them feel bad about the past, but rather to admit and take responsibility for their faults, and then to turn to a Higher Power so they can feel fulfilled in all areas of life. As human beings, we can only do so much – but with the help of a Higher Power, we can become stronger.
The road through spirituality also tends to give people an in-depth look at meaning-making and what their lives mean to them. Countless times, people have sought out spirituality in recovery with no idea of what they wanted to do with their lives or even what meant a lot to them – but as they spent more time conversing with others on the same path, they found a greater sense of belonging. A greater sense of peace. Those are just a few of the miraculous benefits that spirituality can bring to you.
The journey to discovering spirituality in your life is incredibly personal. Only you can decide what you believe in, what you find hope in, and how your spiritual life looks. Being in recovery from addiction does not have to mean that you must be perfect – it simply means that you acknowledge that, as a human being, you are going to be flawed and that a Higher Power can help bring you back into the focus you need to carry out your mission in life. For many people, spirituality helps build hope for the future and safety in the present.
If you’re ready to embark on the beautiful journey of spirituality, reach out to us today. It’s never too late to begin your path towards healing- for more information on overcoming mental health challenges, addiction, and substance use problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.