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What is the importance of spirituality in recovery?There are many people who get into recovery and struggle with spirituality due to various reasons. They may simply not believe in a higher power or they may have had a bad experience with religion. Regardless of the reason, the idea of spirituality can challenge them.
Religion is not the same as spirituality
It’s essential to realize that there are differences between religion and spirituality. Many people group the two terms as one, but they are quite separate. Most define religion as a set of beliefs and practices surrounding a particular God or gods that they worship. On the other hand, spirituality has more to do with a personal endeavor to find the meaning and purpose of life. It doesn’t require going to church or believing in a god.
It might help to think of religion as a certain set of beliefs and rules that a number of people agree upon and practice. Spirituality is centered more on one’s own unique experience of life and connection with oneself and others.
What makes spirituality helpful in recovery?
Alcoholism and addiction cuts us off from ourselves spiritually. We get disconnected from ourselves, others, and a higher power, oftentimes centering our lives around drinking or using. In recovery from addiction, spirituality can be helpful because as we move forward without addiction as our primary focus, we can begin reconnecting with our true selves, a higher power if we choose, and searching for meaning and purpose in life beyond addiction.
It’s simply a way to help fill the void that we all have to contend with in our lives.
How do we practice spirituality?
When you enter recovery from addiction, usually you’re beaten down pretty good. You may be at rock bottom, feeling empty, alone, and hopeless. Embarking on a spiritual journey may be just what you need to begin growing and changing. What does a spiritual journey look like? First, it’s an inner journey and it’s unique to you. Your journey won’t necessarily look like someone else’s and it doesn’t have to. My spiritual journey began with me spending some time alone and meditating. I had to get some control over my thought life and I wanted to connect with myself and life in a deeper way. I also practiced gratitude, offering thanks for everything in my life and for the beauty of life itself.
For those of you who aren’t sure about spirituality in or out of a program, keep in mind that your spiritual journey is solely yours and doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. There’s no right or wrong in that sense. Should you choose to embrace spirituality, begin your own inner journey toward peace, joy, and love as you continue on the road of recovery. Discover your own sense of spirituality and rediscover yourself in a magical and empowering way.
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