What Does Spirituality Mean to You?

Spirituality is a term that is most often used in relation to religion but over the years it’s evolved and grown with us. However, it hasn’t lost all its’ original meaning either. Often when we are talking about spirituality, we’re speaking of a sense of purpose, what drives us, what brings that higher purpose into our lives, and how we use this sense of purpose to keep us going, fulfill us, and fuel our recoveries.

Spirituality can mean whatever you need it to mean to help you in your life, it has both theistic and non-theistic interpretations and doesn’t necessarily have to be one or the other. Spirituality can encompass the whole way you choose to live your life, be it with a belief in God, moral values, inner strength, or a combination of these and more.

Our spiritual orientations are constantly changing, fluctuating, and growing over time. We used to solely treat addiction based on the thought that a person has fallen too far from religion and hasn’t given themselves over to God to let Him divinely intervene, and many treatment plans and programs still operate with this belief.

But for those who simply don’t believe in God or have different religious backgrounds, spirituality is still needed, wanted, or used. This is because having a sense of purpose, a reason to live and be the best you that you can be, is truly the basis of recovery.

When you have a reason to get up in the morning, be thankful for healthier days, and want to strive for higher purpose and fulfillment, that’s what spirituality in recovery is all about. Whether the basis of your spirituality is theistic or not is up to you.

What are your spiritual practices in recovery?

White, W. & Laudet, A. "Spirituality, Science and Addiction Counseling". Counselor Magazine, 7(1), 56-59.(2006)

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