How To Use Spirituality To Recover From Addiction


By Mary Faulkner | Mind Body Green

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Prayer and meditation, service work, and rigorous honesty are important in building a vital spiritual life. But there are other practices that we don’t often think of as spiritual, that are also key in healing addiction. Attitudes, beliefs and practices that strengthen our life force, also strengthen our spirit and energize our commitment to getting well.

Being in touch with your spirit is the essence of life —  the essence of healing and recovery.

Here are 7 suggestions for keeping your spirit strong, increasing your chances of a quality recovery and generally making life worth living again:

1. Cultivate down time.

Our central nervous system has two basic modes —rest cycle and action cycle. We heal only during our rest cycle. Chronic over-doing, anxiety, anger and fear all create stress, and stress compromises our life ability to regenerate. Stress without adequate restoration depletes our energy.

Our spirit suffers and we can make bad decisions. Recovery is about healing body, mind and spirit AND making good choices. It’s about cultivating coolness. When our action/rest cycles are balanced, our spirit is strong.

2. Spend time in nature.

Many of us tend to think of nature as something we walk around on, look out the window at, or somewhere we go on the weekends. But we ARE nature, meaning we are made of the same chemicals and compounds as the earth.

Find a place to be outside that relaxes your body and renews your spirit — sit by a lake, lean against a tree, pet a dog, love your cat, hike in the woods, or walk outside with your children. Housebound? No problem. Just sit by the window and watch the birds fly by. You get it.

3. Clarify your values and beliefs.

Recovery is about cleaning house on the inside and out. It’s a time of assessment with the very real possibility for transformation. What do you want to bring with you as you step into this new time in your life? It’s OK to change your mind about things. It’s OK to take on new beliefs, see new possibilities, and chose a new attitude.

Coming to new awareness — being open rather than in lockdown — is a spiritual practice. It’s about trusting Life.

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