Incorporating Spirituality in Recovery
It is often said that addiction is a spiritual malady. If this is true, not only should we seek healing of our physical, mental, and emotional levels of self, but also of our spiritual self. As addicts and alcoholics, we show up to recovery broken and emotionally bankrupt of all things that make us human.
In the beginning stages of recovery, we may feel lost and unsure how to build our spirituality, especially when we’re not sure what it is or what it feels like. On the most basic level, spirituality means a connection to something greater than oneself. Here are five ways you can help incorporate your own spirituality into your recovery:
- Keep an Open Mind – Discard any preconceived notions of what spirituality means to other people. It is not a single religion, belief system, or capped way of thinking. It is much larger; think of it as a human experience in which we are all in search for meaning in our lives—together.
- Spirituality Is Everywhere – You don’t need to go to church, or go through a series of religious practices to get in touch with Spirit (or God, the Universe, or whatever you choose to call your Higher Power). Your HP is everywhere; deep connections you have with people, a blooming garden, the songs of birds, and even your favorite meal. The miracle of life surrounds you.
- You Do You – Unlike many religious practices, spirituality does not entail doing an overhaul of who you really are in order to follow a set of instructions or religious principles. Nor does it shame you or your past behavior, to keep you in line with its beliefs. Spirituality is already within you—no need to change, just be true to yourself. If you are true to yourself, you will be able to connect with your Higher Power—see how it would be difficult to connect to your HP if you’re playing a role that’s not really you?
- Try “Pronoia” on for Size – Instead of thinking that the universe is conspiring against you, think of it as conspiring to support you. Imagine the possibilities! Think about this for awhile, it’s a good one.
- Notice Other Connections – As you’re building your connection with your Higher Power, notice the connection between your health and your emotions. In recovery, we must learn to let go of the shame and guilt most of us have been holding onto. We do this through our Higher Power, and as we rid ourselves of these toxic emotions, our physical health improves.
If you want to experience the gifts of sobriety, call The Lakehouse Recovery Center. We will help you begin the healing process of your mind, body, and spirit. Don’t wait any longer. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) 762-3707. You can heal; let today be the first day of your life in recovery.