Spirituality is one of the best tools for addiction recovery and a major part of 12-step programs. Many people find surrendering to the disease and associating it with something they can’t control is especially helpful for overcoming addiction. Drug addiction makes addicts feel powerless over their lives and their decisions, so believe in a higher, stronger power that cares about them can be essential for motivating them to recover.
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However, to people who don’t hold a belief in religion, the spiritual aspects of rehabilitation programs, like the one offered at the Ridge, can come across as a bit suspicious or not-for-them. The spirituality that helps to beat addiction doesn’t necessarily require affiliation with any religion or belief system to be effective. While belief in the love and power of a higher being can be a potent source of motivation and confidence, a non-religious spirituality can be an equally useful tool to overcome addiction. Thus, in order to meet all of our patient’s needs, the Ridge is a non-denominational facility, in which we educate about a disease of the brain called addiction, which has to be managed like any other disease, such as diabetes, that if not treated could seriously harm, or even, kill the client.
Spirituality, at the core, is about becoming mindful of one’s life, one’s choices, and how those choices affect oneself and the world. A spiritual person is sure to weigh the consequences of their actions, sure to note how they will help or hurt others, the world, and themselves. They will act according to what they believe is the most compassionate course of action. For an addict, honest self-reflection will reveal to them how destructive their habit has been and how much it has hurt them and their loved ones. This realization will help them to reaffirm their choice to stay sober, in order to do the right thing.
If an addict meditates on their thoughts and feelings, they can derive their own moral code based on what they’ve experienced and come to believe is right. If a patient would rather focus on an established religion (such as in a Christian drug rehab or other facilities based on religious denominations), they can base their thoughts on that religion’s teachings and how they can be applied through their life and recovery process. Both of these methods can be equally as effective at helping an addict stay sober. It’s up to the patient to decide what belief system is the best choice for them.
Discovering a moral compass gives perspective and allows the recovering addict to make decisions based not on the selfish need for drugs and alcohol, but based on truth, compassion, and respect for the self. If Christian drug rehab or a general belief in the divine is a patient’s preferred way to reach this goal, so be it, but a spiritual connection is still a great help even to the staunchest nonbeliever.