Drug and alcohol addiction affects more than just your social and family life. It affects all aspects of your health as well. If you have considered entering a recovery program, you may have wondered how you will be able to remain sober after completing the treatment.
Many addictions are caused by mental health issues such as depression and PTSD. These issues may be caused by a chemical imbalance or a stressful life experience. Part of the recovery process is uncovering these underlying issues and focusing on your health: Physically and mentally.
Focus On Your Spirit
Overcoming a long-term addiction is a winding road that has many ups and downs. If you have the spiritual strength to get you through each day, you will come out on top. Here are seven spiritual principles to help you along your way:
- Pray and/or Meditate Daily
Carve out a quiet time each day to calm your mind and reflect on what is important to you. By learning to still your thoughts, tap into a greater power, and listen to the world mindfully, you can help alleviate stress and focus on your recovery.
- Socialize. Healthy socialization revitalizes your spirit. Whether that’s going to a yoga class, joining a book group or attending your place of worship, developing positive relationships can help improve your sense of self and expand your support networks.
- Learn something new. Engage your brain in healthy activity by finding out more about this beautiful world we’re in. This can be through a meditation class, a Bible study group, or even a science lecture. Expanding your mind and being open to new ideas aids your recovery.
- Be good to yourself. Alcohol and drug addiction are self-destructive behaviors. Reverse that by honoring your unique spirit. Take 15 minutes for yourself, and regularly plan a day alone to do just what you want. Indulge in a movie, dance to your favorite song, pick flowers, play a video game, and whatever else that will grow your worthy spirit.
- Exercise. It’s all about mind, body and spirit. Taking care of your physical health is an important component of being able to connect to your spirituality. It doesn’t have to be rigorous. Yoga, walking, rock-climbing, and swimming are a few relaxing ways to exercise.
- Do something fun. Recovery is hard work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun in life. What makes you happy? Going to a concert, a sporting event or the museum? Cooking a great meal or hiking the local trails? Whatever it is, go do it.
- Volunteer. Giving of your time and special gifts to others who are in more need simply feels good. Unfortunately, it’s a fact that there will always be someone who is in a worse situation than you are. By volunteering you can help share those burdens as well as many of life’s blessings.
Embracing spirituality in an alcohol and drug treatment program can help give your life new meaning, help you connect with others and keep you on the path to sobriety.