Recovering from substance abuse involves more than just quitting harmful substances. It often requires deep self-reflection on one’s history, decisions, behaviors, and core values. Many who suffer from addiction find it difficult to see meaning or hope in their lives, feeling like they are walking through a dark tunnel with no light at the end. Spirituality offers patients opportunities for self-reflection and inner growth, giving them new ways to find purpose and fulfillment. Finding such a meaningful sense of connection to something greater than themselves through a spiritual recovery element can be a deep source of positive change for those recovering from substance abuse.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is a broad term that can encompass religious and non-religious experiences, practices, and beliefs. At its core, spirituality is about living life with a sense of meaning and purpose greater than oneself. While many find meaning and comfort within a specific faith, spirituality can also take the form of practices such as the cultivation of mindfulness and gratitude towards one’s life. However an individual chooses to engage with his or her sense of spirituality, it should involve a renewed and powerful focus on meaning, purpose, community, and living in accordance with one’s health and values.
How Spirituality Aids in Recovery
As part of a comprehensive drug addiction recovery program, spirituality offers patients a “sense-making framework” to understand their values, goals, and personal trajectory. Many patients highlight the importance of spirituality in their recovery, claiming it has helped them recognize their addiction, accept the need for help, and find a sense of peace, renewal, and hope. Research supports these claims, with a positive link often found between recovery from substance abuse and spirituality. Similarly, research indicates that higher degrees of reported spirituality “were associated with a more optimistic life orientation, greater perceived social support, higher resilience to stress, and lower levels of anxiety”.
Forms of Spiritual Recovery
Spiritual care can be implemented into drug rehabilitation in many ways. It is frequently a core aspect of 12-Step programs, which involve the acknowledgement of a higher power or purpose in life. Spiritual recovery and holistic counseling is offered in many drug rehab programs. Treatment can also include spirituality through the development of skills and practices such as meditation or yoga. A dedicated recovery community can include a strong spiritual dimension, with all members dedicated to supporting one another towards the goals of recovery and self-betterment.
Spiritual & Holistic Therapy as Part of a Whole
Finding one’s spirituality involves foundational shifts in thinking, as it requires the patient to leave behind a host of negative and limiting beliefs and behaviors. Spirituality can replace feelings of emptiness with newfound hope, faith, and dedication towards a healthier life.
Granite Recovery Centers in New Hampshire includes spiritual recovery as a part to a whole continuum of drug addiction rehabilitation and care. By integrating spiritual recovery techniques into a rigorous 12-Step curriculum that incorporates clinical psychotherapies, our drug rehab programs are able to meet all of the needs of our clients in recovery: mind, body, and soul. Give us a call at 855.712.7784. We can help you or your loved one finally find wholeness in addiction recovery.