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Treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit in Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Therefore, in order to successfully manage our recovery, we must focus on addressing all the problems related to our mind, body, and spirit that caused or exacerbated our problems with drugs and alcohol. When we improve each component, we find that we are not only able to remain sober but that we are also happy, joyous, and free on our journey of recovery.

The physical components of addiction, such as physical dependence, are often the first things we focus on healing during our recovery. We detoxify our bodies of any remaining traces of drugs and alcohol. However, treating the physical components of addiction alone is not enough. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Although medically assisted detoxification can safely manage the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal and can, for some, pave the way for effective long-term addiction treatment, detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicted individuals achieve long-term abstinence.” After detoxification, the process of physical healing is not over. It will take time and prolonged abstinence for the brain to heal from the damages caused by addiction.

The mental component of the disease also takes time and effort to treat. Treatment addresses any mental issues that may be impediments to one’s ability to live a life of sobriety. The NIDA explains, “Behavioral therapies vary in their focus and may involve addressing a patient’s motivation to change, providing incentives for abstinence, building skills to resist drug use, replacing drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding activities, improving problem-solving skills, and facilitating better interpersonal relationships. Also, participation in group therapy and other peer support programs during and following treatment can help maintain abstinence.” Even without professional help, we should continue to focus on improving our mental health to the best of our ability.

Spirituality and spiritual fitness are also extremely important in recovery. Mary Faulner, in a Mind Body Green article entitled How to Use Spirituality to Recover from Addiction, explains, “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.” When we feel spiritually connected and spiritually fit, we find that we are in much less danger of turning to substances as a way of coping with any problems we may face in our lives.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431