Role of Spirituality in de addiction program

Spirituality in Addiction Recovery

Spirituality is referred to as the Personal Quest for Purpose of Life. It is a subjective term and is often misunderstood as a reference to Religion. Spirituality and religion are not alike  or always inextricably related. Consequently, a person might be spiritual without religion or religious without spirituality.According to research, including spirituality into addiction treatment programs can greatly increase a person’s chances of successfully kicking their addiction. This is because engaging in spiritual activities fosters resilience, self-awareness, and stress management. Furthermore, they lessen emotions of shame and guilt while simultaneously promoting a more optimistic attitude on life.

The importance of spirituality in Mental Health is so relevant that American Psychiatric Association in 1994 introduced SPIRITUALITY as a category  in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM IV ).There is a dedicated group on psychiatry and spirituality at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. All residency training programs in psychiatry are required by the American College of Graduate Medical Education to provide teaching on religious and spiritual aspects that may have an impact on mental health. A division on psychiatry and religion was recently formed by the World Psychiatric Association.

An Individual abusing any form of substance generally lives a socially reclusive life and the damage done is not only on his physical and psychological health but other aspects of life as well like Family, Profession, Finance etc; Spirituality has the ability to fill in the areas within us that seemed empty before to recovery as spirituality helps to find the true purpose and meaning of Life. 

Practicing Spirituality in the recovery of substance abuse has the following benefits:

  1. The Locus control is on Self since the person starts looking inwards leading to better Self-Awareness.
  2. People who practice spirituality start forgiving Self and others in the process.
  3. A spiritual Person tends to start deriving pleasures in non-materialistic things.

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