Addiction can have devastating effects on the body and mind. It also can disrupt the spirit.
Spiritual support is an optional component of addiction treatment that feeds a person’s soul. It comes in many forms and works best when combined with other addiction treatment therapies.
At Vertava Health Texas, we offer spiritual support for those who wish to participate.
What Is Spiritual Support In Addiction Treatment?
Spiritual support consists of meaningful activities that nurture the inner self. Support groups, prayer, devotionals, and meditation are several types of spiritual support that keep a person connected with a higher power.
This helps many people who struggle with addiction feel less alone and find the strength to let go of substance abuse.
Recovery Support Groups
Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) operate with the belief that the individual is powerless over their addiction but that God (however they understand him) can save them from it.
AA and similar groups do not follow a specific religion. They allow individuals to come together and share their experiences with addiction.
Group members support each other through the 12 steps of recovery which encourage spiritual healing through admitting fault, making amends, and helping others.
Other recovery support groups are based on a specific religion—such as Celebrate Recovery (Christianity) and Refuge Recovery (Buddhism).
Individual And Group Prayer
Prayer is communication with God or something greater than one’s self. When someone prays, they seek and strengthen a connection with this higher power. They may pray alone or with others.
Praying often involves asking for help or thanking God for the good things in life. It reinforces faith—the belief that things will get better. This helps people in recovery to think positively and remain hopeful.
Prayer also encourages relaxation and focus on the present, which relieves stress for many individuals.
A devotional is a short piece of writing that prompts self-reflection. These writings often point to God’s greatness and control over a person’s life. They may have the goal of giving peace in times of trouble or motivating a person to live better.
Devotionals are usually compiled into daily entries that keep an individual connected with their higher power.
Meditation And Mindfulness
Meditation is a mindful practice that can give someone a new perspective on life. It urges people to slow down and stop worrying about the past or future.
Being present in the moment through meditation can:
- reduce negativity
- relieve stress
- increase patience
- inspire creativity
Some people may benefit from guided meditation—the practice of the following relaxation prompts from a leader.
While meditation can be done alone, many people have difficulty relaxing, focusing, or knowing how to direct their minds.
Guided meditation provides individuals with the tools to meditate on their own after addiction treatment.
How Spiritual Support Helps Addiction Recovery
Addiction can be all-consuming and overwhelming. When someone repeatedly abuses drugs or alcohol, their brain structure changes to crave these substances. As a result, the individual has little control over their drug use.
Many people who suffer from addiction feel alone and powerless to stop this destructive cycle. Their human willpower is not enough, so they seek assistance from God or something greater than themselves.
Having a higher power on their side helps many addicted individuals break free from their human limitations and feel that anything is possible. Believing that recovery is possible is a vital step toward healing.
Spiritual support in addiction treatment also addresses broken thought patterns, fosters healthy stress management, and encourages big-picture thinking.
Many people begin abusing drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with trauma or everyday stress. While substance abuse may provide momentary relief, it can cause more pain in the long run.
Combined with behavioral therapy and other treatment methods, spiritual support can lighten the burden of addiction and lead someone to lasting recovery.
To learn more about spiritual support at Vertava Health Texas, speak with one of our treatment specialists today.