Spiritual recovery programs address the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of addiction and alcoholism through a religious lens. The main philosophy is addiction starts by filling a void created by a lack of spirituality or religious connection in one’s life. Through re-committing or committing to a belief in a higher power and religious practice, one can address their addiction in a way that aligns with their beliefs.
While there are spiritual recovery centers available for various faiths, the general foundation of each program is similar. The following eight points are present in nearly every program:
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1. Education on the spiritual principles of the program’s specific religious focus
2. Development of a relationship to a higher power
3. Participation in some form of religious study, prayer, or meditation
4. Drug or alcohol addiction education
5. Drug or alcohol counseling
6. Help with detoxing through the withdrawal process
7. Group therapy and religious studies
8. Relapse-prevention training
From these eight general points, it is clear that there is an importance placed on a religious connection in these programs. Still, it is essential to note that this, in most cases, does not come at the expense of accurate addiction therapy, education, and counseling. Instead, the spiritual aspect is a personal choice for the individual participating who believes a higher connection will help them further their chances of stable recovery.
Not all spiritual programs are explicitly based on religion. There are programs available for those who feel a need for spiritual connection but do not exactly have a specific religious belief.