Is Spirituality an Essential Part of Recovery?

If you think that everyone who’s got their sobriety under control or walked through the doors of their treatment program or into their first meeting with a strong relationship to religion or their spirituality, you’d be guessing wrong. From the outside, it may seem like everyone has got it together and you might be afraid that you don’t have what it takes to make it in recovery, but you’d be wrong.

You see, many people come into treatment or meetings having never experienced religion, spirituality or explored those topics let alone given them a second thought. So, if you think that you don’t have what it takes because you’re not a believer or you haven’t given yourself and your life over to a higher power, don’t doubt your self so quickly.

Tons of people don’t have a single clue in the beginning about the transformation they’re about to go through or about the journey they will soon take. Is it a requirement to get in touch with your spirituality to become successful in sobriety?

You might be shocked to hear that, no, it’s not. You’ll hear interchangeable terms like religion, spirituality, god, and talk of higher powers, yes, that’s true. And, in some sense, it’s important to believe in something. But, that’s just it. There is no rule or regulation that belief in what anyone else believes in is going to help you become sober.

What you need to explore is what you do believe in. It doesn’t have to be god, it just needs to give you a sense of purpose. Plenty of people believe in higher powers that aren’t attached to any specific religion and they go on to become highly successful.

Believe in whatever gives your life meaning, what gives you a reason to wake up in the morning and go from there. It’s just the start of something great, you’ll see!

N.D. “Why Spirituality Is Important in Addiction Recovery”. New Hope Recovery. (website). 2018
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