Spiritual Principles VS Religion in Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Are you considering going to rehab but are not religious? There is a common misunderstanding that drug and alcohol treatment or rehab is centered around religion. The word “cult” has even been used by some to describe AA and other 12 step meetings.

We want to let you know that this is far from the truth. In most support groups, such as AA, a higher power can be whatever it is you would like it to be. Those who are religious tend to refer to a higher power as God.

If you go to treatment open-minded, and stay that way during recovery, you will have a much better chance at remaining sober. Too many get caught up in the little details that should not matter—a drug or alcohol addiction can kill you! Whomever a person’s higher power is should not affect your personal recovery. If people could understand this idea there would be less confusion about religions role in drug treatment and recovery.

A word that is used often in recovery is spirituality, or spiritual principles. For someone new to rehab and recovery, they may associate the word spiritual with religion. Again, we are here to let you know that this is not true, because spirituality and spiritual principles do not equate with religion!

Spirituality refers to a sense of connection with something else bigger than ourselves, and typically involves searching for meaning in life: a universal human experience.

Questions involving spirituality may include:

  • Where do I find meaning?
  • How do I feel connected ?
  • How should I live?

Questions involving religion might ask:

  • What practices, rites, or rituals should I follow?
  • What is right and wrong?
  • What is good and bad?

For some, religion and spirituality together is an effective approach for recovery. Some prefer one or the other. If you can be open minded and understand the difference between the two, you will be well on your way to a healthy recovery from your addiction.

Spiritual Principles and Their Benefits

Spirituality can play an important role in recovery. Spiritual principles or ways of living can help you deal with the stress of recovery and life in general. When you can accept the difference between spirituality and religion, you will be able to start discovering which spiritual principles work for you. Spirituality has many benefits in recovery. For addicts, the typical mental state can be very fast paced and erratic. By practicing spiritual principles you will find yourself less worried, angry, or panicked, and feel more calm, peaceful and happy.

Spiritual principles you can practice during recovery:

  • Open mindedness
  • Humbleness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness and connection to Nature/The Universe
  • Willingness to listen and remain teachable
  • Acceptance
  • Not Worrying about the past or future (remain in the present)
  • Non-attachment to things, people, places, habits
  • Forgiveness

There are many helpful spiritual principles that can keep you mentally prepared during your recovery. There is a difference between spirituality and religious principles. If you practice spirituality during your recovery, you will have a much better chance of remaining sober.

Religion in drug or alcohol treatment and recovery is common practice. Someone battling with addiction may not have the will to remain clean on their own. They seek a higher power for help remaining sober. This can be effective for some. There are even support groups and treatment centers that only use religion for recovery.

Accepting Treatment and Recovery

Understanding the differences between spirituality and religion is a great start towards understanding your recovery from drugs or alcohol. If you are ready to accept treatment for your addiction then call us at Elite Rehab Placement today. Our phone call and services are 100% free to anyone who is ready to fight back against their drug or alcohol addiction. We have experience placing people all over the country in the best rehab facility that matches their needs and their budgets. We will work to understand your unique situation and match your insurance company with the best possible rehab facility. We can even arrange travel plans for free! If you are ready to get the help you deserve then call us at Elite Rehab Placement today