Sometimes the idea of submitting to a higher power turns people off to the idea of getting help with substance abuse or addiction problem. They may assume it means the Judeo-Christian concept of God, or perhaps they have had a bad religious experience in the past.
Your higher power should be significant to you and is a reminder that, while strong, we have very little influence over the big picture. While some programs may focus on a specific deity, spirituality in recovery should be extremely personal to you. It can be a traditional, religious conception of God, or it can be something else entirely.
Finding Your Spirituality
Substance abuse recovery is often a spiritual journey. Your addiction has sucked your positive energy dry, and your substance abuse has taken its place as the center of your universe. Everything you do revolves around getting and using it. Thankfully, finding your spirituality can help you replace your addiction with something much more meaningful, healthy, and longer-lasting.
The marvelous thing is that methods of regaining and maintaining your spirituality are nearly limitless, and can be as creative and special as you are. Some ways to reconnect and live in the present through mindfulness include, but are by no means limited to:
- Daily Affirmations
- Communing with Nature
- Giving Back to Your Community
Spirituality and Addiction Recovery
Do not think of your spirituality as something that controls you, like your addiction once did. Embrace your spirituality and use it as a valuable tool in your substance abuse recovery.
Through reflection, you can determine what is right and wrong FOR YOU, not what outside influences may try to dictate to you. Sometimes these behavioral parameters can be the very stressors that led to substance use in the first place. It is an opportunity to acknowledge your weaknesses and develop your strengths.
A renewed spirituality can help you to:
- Develop respect
- Live truthfully
- Alter your personal perspective
- Embrace forgiveness
Let Us Help
If you have lost your spirituality and are struggling with a substance abuse or addiction issue, Summit Malibu is here to help. Reach out to us now and let the healing begin.