What is a “Spiritual Malady”?

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Spiritual Treatment is Needed

Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. Unlike other diseases, addiction contains a spiritual component referred to by 12 Step recovery fellowships as a “spiritual malady.” The spiritual component of the disease is of major importance, and requires spiritual treatment to be overcome.

12 Step recovery focuses on a spiritual solution to the problem of addiction and alcoholism. As explained in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.” When men and women look inwardly, the spiritual component of the disease becomes apparent.

Restlessness, irritability, and discontentment are symptomatic of the spiritual illness. The Big Book further explains, “We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control out emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people.” Many of these examples were problems in our lives before we began engaging in substance use or drinking. The spiritual illness that we faced acted as a catalyst for our addiction, and every attempt to self-medicate our spiritual malady pushed us deeper and deeper into the disease.

Recovery is a Journey

Many of our previous attempts to achieve sobriety failed because we did not address anything other than the physical and mental aspects of addiction. We felt that breaking physical dependence would work, or focused on a psychiatric solution. However, when we entered into a recovery model that included the spiritual, we found a solution. The Big Book explains, “If, when you honestly want to, you find that you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably an alcoholic. If that be the case, you may be suffering from an illness which only a spiritual experience will conquer.” We embark upon a journey of recovery that allows us to develop a deep spiritual connection. Through our spiritual connection, we finally are given the power to overcome the disease and live happy, joyous, and free lives in sobriety.

Addiction and alcoholism do not have to control your life. You can begin the rewarding journey of recovery by making the decision to seek help now. The Lakehouse Recovery Center, located on beautiful Lake Sherwood in Southern California, offers effective holistic care that is individualized, non-institutional, and cost effective. For information about individualized treatment options, please call today: (877) 762-3707