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What are the Benefits of Spirituality?

Living a rich life of spiritual principles is by far the most effective way to maintain sobriety. By cultivating faith, acceptance, happiness, and freedom, the desire to use drugs and alcohol may entirely go away. Sobriety isn’t the only benefits of spirituality, however. We can reap so many wonderful and surprising benefits to our mental and physical health once we make the decision to take on a life of spirituality and spiritual principles.

Buddha once said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” Certainly, our lives are less rich and full when we try to live without a spiritual connection. The 12-step program of recovery suggests living by spiritual principles as a means of maintaining our sobriety. Once we cultivate faith and connection with our Higher Power, amazing things begin to happen.

The main text of Alcoholics Anonymous, often referred to as “The Big Book”, explains that living a spiritual life and maintaining a daily mantra of “thy will be done” will keep us in much less danger of excitement, fear, worry, self pity, or foolish decisions: “We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.” The sense of relief that comes from giving up control and trusting in something greater than ourselves helps us get through the day with happiness, joyousness, and freedom.

There are also many other benefits associated with living a life of spirituality. According to Ellen Idler, in a 2008 Spirituality in Higher Education newsletter entitled Psychological and Physical Benefits of Spiritual/Religious Practices, “Prevention of smoking, learning and practicing good dietary habits, getting regular exercise, setting time aside for rest and contemplation, being of service to others, and other important life commitments” that are associated with spirituality can reduce the risk of chronic and infectious diseases later in life. It can also make us much happier throughout our days. According to Dr. Ryan T. Howell in a 2013 Psychology Today article entitled Why Be Spiritual? Five Benefits of Spirituality, “Because spiritual people are more conscious of small, daily activities, they experience positive emotions associated with the smaller pleasures in life.” Through spirituality and faith, we can find a sense of freedom that we never could have experienced during our time in active addiction.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the courageous decision to seek help today and begin building a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together behavior health and addiction specialist, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to help clients heal from the damages of addiction and alcoholism. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431