What is spirituality?While some people may lean toward religion, mysticism, art or nature as a form of spirituality, it ultimately is a personal search for truth, growth, and oneness. It is a sense of being interconnected, and the belief that life has a purpose. Spirituality brings personal meaning to life and the ability to explore ourselves within this meaning. It allows us to identify our own moral compass–to distinguish what is right and wrong according to our beliefs within this meaning. For some people, the desire to connect, to practice spirituality, may include the use of ceremonies and rituals, rites, prayer and meditation, and more.
How does spirituality assists in addiction recovery?People turn to outlets, their addictions, as a means of escaping their realities– traumas, emptiness, discontent. It is an illness. Healing recovery can help fill the voids and help overcome the illness. Additionally, incorporating spirituality to recovery can be most effective as it focuses on rebuilding a relationship with the self.
Spirituality-focused recovery programA common form of recovery that involves spirituality is a 12-step program that aims for spiritual renewal. These types of programs promote behavioral change and transcendent meaning through positive psychology. The 12 steps in these programs:
- Step 1: We admit we are powerless over addiction—that our lives have become unmanageable.
- Step 2: Believe that a power greater than ourselves can assist in recovery
- Step 3: Make a decision to put our lives in the care of the greater power
- Step 4: Take a honest moral inventory of ourselves
- Step 5: Admit our wrongs to the greater power, to ourselves, and another human being
- Step 6: Be ready to have the greater power remove all the wrongs
- Step 7: Humbly ask the greater power to remove our shortcomings
- Step 8: Make a list of all persons we have harmed, and be willing to make amends to them all
- Step 9: Make amends with these people, whenever possible
- Step 10: Continue to take personal inventory and admit when we are wrong
- Step 11: Improve contact with greater power through prayer, meditation, or other practices
- Step 12: Share the lessons learned through this program with others who struggle with a similar addictions, and practice these principles in everything we do
Other tools to benefit a spirituality-focused recoveryA 12-step program can be very powerful. And it can be even more powerful when you incorporate other methods of healing, especially when you can do it yourself, wherever you may be. More approaches for recovery:
- Art and music therapy
- Healthy eating