Worship and spirituality can offer substantial support to individuals throughout their addiction treatment. Let’s take a closer look at why incorporating these is a highly beneficial process.
You may be wondering what the difference between worship and spirituality is. Spirituality is one’s openness to the idea that a personal connection with God can help one find purpose in life and experience positive feelings of love, hope, compassion, and inspiration. Worship is an expression of spirituality through practices such as prayers.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the reasons why worship and spirituality are essential components of a successful addiction treatment program.
According to research, spirituality-based addiction therapies encourage family and community participation in the healing process. It is important that individuals who are on their journey of recovery are not stigmatized by those around them. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding heavy drinking and drug use may set up a vicious cycle where those trying to overcome addiction relapse because they feel judged by others and are overcome by intense feelings of guilt. The spiritual approach helps close relatives and friends maintain hope, practice a non-judgmental approach, and treat those undergoing addiction treatment with compassion.
Traumatic events can often leave people feeling helpless and hopeless, which might trigger substance abuse as a coping mechanism. Those people who turn to their spiritual beliefs once afflicted by trauma that’s outside of their control are better equipped to avoid engaging in self-destructive behaviors. If, throughout their addiction treatment, people develop a strong belief that God loves them no matter their past mistakes, they will be better prepared to cope with stressful events in the future by engaging with their spiritual beliefs.
Worship can take a range of forms, including praying, attending church, pursuing Bible studies, and singing in the choir. Research shows that worship is viewed by people who are coping with addiction as a steadying force. Numerous findings show that prayer is commonly associated with a sense of calmness, peace, encouragement, or social support. Indeed, when we pray, we travel inward, focusing on our thoughts and feelings. Also, prayers help reduce negative feelings such as anger and aggression. Because of the positive effects of worship, residents at Christian’s Drug Rehab meet with our pastoral counselor for individual and group sessions. This empowers them to reach deep into their personal experiences and apply God’s love and healing power to their emotional and spiritual wounds.
If your loved one is struggling with addiction problems, there are many reasons why incorporating worship and spirituality into their treatment process could be highly beneficial. Spirituality not only helps people find meaning in traumatic events, which diminishes their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, but it also nurtures a social support network, which is essential for any long-lasting recovery. Worship helps cope with negative feelings and emotions that usually trigger substance abuse responses.
At Christian’s Drug Rehab, our mission is to help Christians on their journey to recovery from substance abuse. Contact us if you would like to know more about how we incorporate worship and spirituality into addiction treatments.