Addiction is anything but spiritual. It robs an addict of money, years, friends, family, love, and self-awareness. In the end, many addicts are homeless, terrified, and struggling to find a reason to even wake up in the morning. No condition is quite as conducive to a spiritual treatment approach. When the spirit is robbed of its life, spirituality in recovery can be the answer. It’s possible to find drug treatment centers that cater specifically to the spiritual side of recovery. A spiritual approach to recovery doesn’t exclude a medical detox. Once the physical pain of addiction has worn away, then it’s time to go on a spiritual journey to combat the forces that led to an addiction in the first place.
Causes of addiction
No one knows the precise cause of addiction. It certainly includes environmental factors, such as initial exposure to the drug and the concept that the drug is okay to use in a specific environment. College is an especially powerful environment where drug experimentation occurs among young people. This initial exposure leads to addiction for some students. Biological and genetic factors take over after the initial exposure. Some people are pre-disposed to addiction because it runs in their family, so they may have seen the drugs in their environment or their body and brain chemistry may make them more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. Addiction itself has many underlying psychological effects once the user is under the influence and drugs and within the grasp of the dreaded use, recover, and relapse cycle. All of these forces contribute to the complex disease of addiction. Many people believe that addiction is also a disease of the spirit, where the spirit is deprived of the things it needs to grow and thrive naturally. In the absence of love, acceptance, healthy social contacts, and hobbies, an addict grows bored and begins to turn away from things that nurture the spirit and to things that destroy it, like drugs and alcohol. If you have problem of addiction among family and friends, contact Private Psychiatrist London and get your addiction well managed.
A spiritual approach
Despite the fact that medical detox is often necessary and then psychological treatment recommended in cases where mental illness is also present with the addiction, almost all treatment centers now deploy some form of spiritual treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. This doesn’t mean that the addict is naturally bad or immoral but that when their spirit is deprived of growth, they’re more likely to turn back to the solutions they’ve used in the past. When the spirit is growing and learning new things, or experiencing life in interesting ways, addicts pull away from drugs and alcohol and gravitate toward healthy spiritual goals.
Meditation is one of the single most important parts of any spiritual program. All recovering addicts should try meditation at least once to see if it helps them maintain calm in the face of their overwhelming circumstances. Even people who are skeptical of the benefits of meditation often find that it helps them form time to time. They may not swear by it but it helps. For addicts, they need all possible options to combat their disease.
Anything that nurtures the spirit is a spiritual approach and this can include new experiences, such as volunteering to help people or going on a spiritual journey through the woods. These activities give the addict the same thing they were seeking in drugs. In essence, it’s experimenting with life instead of the death and destruction of drugs. Thankfully many addicts find that in early sobriety, their list of spiritual experiences grows long because they are so eager to experience life again. It’s almost like having a second lifetime, but this time the lifetime is a pleasant one.
The spirit isn’t meant to be kept by itself. It only continues to grow when it is shared with other spirits. Addicts in early recovery often develop spiritual bonds that last a lifetime. Instead of being on the streets looking for drugs, this new version of the addict is with fellow recovered people and looking for new life experiences and new spiritual experiences. Once the spirit is exposed to others in this environment, recovery and healing truly begins.
Spiritual approaches to recovery continue to play an important part of the overall treatment plan. Some programs focus more or less on the spiritual side of things, but almost all of them will have some form of spiritual remedy for addicts to consider.
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