Spirituality is an essential part of the addicts life, and it is often neglected in active addiction. During active addiction, the addict uses substances to fill up the emptiness felt in the soul. The program of recovery helps the addict discover why they are abusing substances and replace addiction with healthy, productive ways to fill up the spirit. Spirituality is not necessarily about any particular religion – it can be about believing in something bigger than you or it can be about personal well-being and personal development.
However you think about spirituality, it is an important part of your recovery. SUGGESTIONS to heal spiritually:
- If you attended a particular church or believed in a particular religion before your addiction, try returning to your church or religion. Attending regular services and participating in religious activities may help you heal spiritually. Reach out to your pastor and join a bible study group for support.
- If you are unsure what you believe in, you can try going to different churches and learning about different religions. Research churches in your area online and find a couple that feel right to you. Try going to a different service each week until you find one you feel good about.
- Talk to religious leaders in your area to learn more about their beliefs and explore your own. Let them know you want to work on healing your spiritual self and ask them what they suggest.
- Try reading the sacred books of different religions. The more you learn about what other people believe, the more that you may find that some feel right to you while others do not. This does not mean that any particular spiritual path or religion is right or wrong. It’s more about finding the one that is right for you.
- In a search for your individual spiritual recovery, Read books about spirituality. Examine what the authors believe in and see if it fits with your life and what you believe in.
- Try watching television shows or documentaries about spirituality. Look for something that you feel is right and you think you can believe in.
- You can find a Higher Power that you believe in. A Higher Power does not have to be connected to any religion but it can be. If you attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, your Higher Power can be your sponsor, your home group or the group as a whole. A Higher Power can be nature, science or God. It is whatever you believe in that is greater than you.
- You can choose to work on your personal development as a part of healing your spiritual self. Look for things that you feel will make you a better person. Try new activities and learn more about the world. Think about your values and beliefs. Ask yourself questions like, “What can I do to better myself and my world?” and “What are my values, beliefs and morals?” Think about who you are as a person and who you want to be.
- Having a purpose in life can help heal your spiritual self as well. Try finding a cause that you believe in. Volunteer work can help you work toward a purpose. Find something you believe in that you can work to improve. Many recovering addicts choose to work in fields that help other addicts.
Healing your body, mind and spirit may seem overwhelming. Sobriety will give you the time to discover new spiritual ways of living. You spent years in active addiction and it will take time to heal. The important thing is to be patient and continue working on healing your spirit.