How Can Religion Help With My Recovery During Treatment?
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Whether you hold to a specific religion or not, you may be wondering how the belief in God or the practice of faith can affect a person’s recovery from addiction or alcoholism. Perhaps this is something you have never considered before, but studies show that a strong faith can actually benefit you greatly in your recovery journey.
Strength and Resilience
According to a report on religion’s role in recovery by NCBI, many studies have been carried out to test how faith and spirituality can provide a person with strength in the difficulty of recovery. It has been shown to increase resilience in an individual for many reasons.
Most religions provide a hope of something greater than themselves, and when you believe that there is hope ahead and that something greater than you is in control, it can help you find peace in the situation and also gives you resilience to endure the difficulties.
It would be much more difficult to endure without any hope or a faith in something bigger than yourself, because then the weight of responsibility falls solely on your shoulders. With a religion guiding you, you can take the share of responsibility is yours, but also have faith that God will see you through.
Community and Support
Within most religions, the faith that you hold on to will also bond you to other individuals who hold the same beliefs. This can help you find a community of people who can support you and encourage you in your trials, and according to SAMHSA, this is an extremely important factor contributing to your recovery.
These people that you connect with through religion can stand by our side, pray for you, and remind you of the hope that you have through your faith. Sometimes it may be difficult to keep your eyes on the end goal, which is a successful recovery and a healthier lifestyle, but with the right people by your side you can keep your focus on what is important.
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Meaning and Purpose
The study reported by NCBI also examines how spirituality helps people find meaning in their life, in their struggles, and in their recovery. Finding a meaning and a purpose in your life can help tremendously in overcoming struggles, because you know that there is a point and a direction in it all.
The understanding that there is more to life than we currently know or see can help you realize that although things may not make sense right now, there is more going on than you even know about, and that it will all work out for a greater purpose. You may find that you turn to your faith when stressed or confused, rather than trying to suppress everything with the effects of drugs.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call 800-373-1667 (Who Answers?) to speak with a caring specialist about your situation. It is important to know that you are not alone in this journey, and that faith in something greater can help you endure.