Spiritual practices are a vital element in any holistic recovery plan. And, these by no means have to be religious in nature. Spirituality is a wide realm and can include organized religion, but may also have no religious doctrine or practice included at all. Using a wide definition of spirituality, one make include any practice that gives meaning, good direction, and purpose to one’s life.
Spiritual Practices and Personal Values
Our personal values are the things we hold dear in life. They guide our conduct and keep in perspective what is important. We may incorporate teachings about universal truths such as service and compassion, for example, using these to guide our dealings with others. We may be taught such principles formally, or find them ourselves through life experience, meditation, and study.
Whenever our lives are out of alignment with our values, we feel out of balance at least, and severely distressed at the extreme. An addiction certainly alters the role of values in our lives, and consequently, our conduct is not closely governed by our core values. We do things we ordinarily would not when we are addicted, and we can violate our personal values, foregoing our standards of right conduct, for long periods of time.
Reclaiming Our Spiritual Alignment
Holistic recovery gives us the opportunity to reclaim our spiritual alignment as we heal from addiction in other ways. Finding meaning, purposeful activity and good direction in daily life begins to heal us spiritually as we incorporate mindfulness, meditation, prayer, inspirational literature, yoga and other such activities. As the benefits of such practices increase we find deeper and longer moments of calm, serenity, peace, stillness… things the despair and chaos of addiction would not permit. Since all levels of our experience are inter-related, spiritual practices will help us heal emotionally, mentally and physically as well.
A Spiritual Practice as a Recovery Plan
Holistic treatment will take you back into the everyday world more completely equipped to manage a new substance-free life. Your strategies to prevent relapse can be perhaps best described as a new lifestyle practice with spiritual awareness and spiritual practices are woven into its daily fabric. Staying mindful, maintaining an elevated perspective, centering and focusing, and infusing your daily life with higher principles, is a powerful recovery plan. Such practices leave little room for substance use, and little felt a need for it, too.