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Why Does Spirituality Matter in Recovery?

Buddha once said, “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” When we were living in addiction, we always felt as though there was something missing in our lives. We felt a void within ourselves and attempted to fill our emptiness with alcohol and drugs. When we became sober and began living a life of spiritual principles, however, we no longer felt the pain of emptiness. We were finally living and interacting with the world in ways that we never thought possible.

Taking up a spiritual life can be a frightening proposal. Despite our initial wariness of concepts relating to spirituality, however, we found that a concept of a higher power and a life of spiritual principles allowed us to overcome addiction and alcoholism. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps. We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek him.” We do not need to consider anyone else’s conception of what this Higher Power may be, but simply giving into the notion that perhaps there is something greater than ourselves allows us to develop a reliance and contact with a power that can relieve us of our addiction and alcoholism.

The dilemma every person struggling with addiction faces is the inability to assert power over alcohol and drugs. Despite our convictions, morality, and strength of willpower, we inevitably found that we had entirely lost control. Therefore, we are suggested to seek out a power greater than ourselves to aid us in our sobriety. The Big Book explains, “If a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism, many of us would have recovered long ago. But we found that such codes and philosophies did not save us, no matter how much we tried. We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there. Our human resources, as marshalled by the will, were not sufficient; they failed us utterly.” Many of us went to great lengths to control our drinking and drug use, but found that our disease had progressed beyond our own power. As suggested by 12-Step recovery fellowships, we became willing to believe in a power greater than ourselves and found that we were finally able to live a life of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind. You can begin the rewarding journey of recovery by making the decision to seek help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, believes in addressing all aspects of addiction, including the mind, body, and spirit, to help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431