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Why Should I Try Spiritual Direction in Treatment?

Recovery from addiction can be a process that takes you deeper spiritually. Whether you have struggled with addiction to drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, or something else, accepting help from a Higher Power can support your recovery more than almost anything else. Full surrender can help you find the path of recovery more tolerable. A spiritual director may just be what you need to get moving forward.

Spiritual Direction Principles

A spiritual director can be an important resource for you if you want to explore a deeper spiritual path. Addiction takes up so much energy and focus that once you are in recovery, the fullness of a spiritual experience can be felt in the spaces left open. A spiritual director does not have to be someone in recovery as the direction process is not about that person’s experience. Life experience can be a comforting backdrop for the directee but perhaps understanding addiction in a new way would be helpful for you (the directee). Even if you are in early recovery, there can be some beautiful experiences to be had with a spiritual director.

Spiritual Matters

When a directee refers to God or Higher Power, it can be deeply meaningful in the course of a spiritual direction session. Whether you want to use the Bible, principles for spiritual living, 12-step work, or other means of expressing yourself, you will gain so much from diving deeper into your spirituality. Praying for and seeking wisdom from a Higher Power can provide a deeply powerful experience of opening up oneself to change.

Gaining Wisdom

For some people in recovery, issues of shame, guilt, and forgiveness may be present which form the focus for spiritual direction work. It can be a safe place to express feelings and move forward. Some open-ended questions for the spiritual director to consider when working with a person in recovery may include:

  • How have you experienced God in recovery?
  • How do you pray most effectively?
  • What step are you working now (if you work 12-steps)
  • How did you understand God in active addiction? Now?
  • From where do you draw spiritual support now?

Spiritual life is not theoretical, it is a lived experience. The biggest question of all for people in recovery is how best to achieve that lived experience in a way that informs recovery for the better.  Living out faith, questioning one’s personal values, and finding more questions can lead to a deeper understanding of the self which will drive personal growth in recovery. A spiritual director can only support one’s growth if he or she is open to diving down into the depths of their soul to struggle, wrestle, and eventually come to grips with who they are now and where they want to go in the future. Don’t be afraid to open up and try something new, especially if it can only help your recovery.

Spiritual direction is a great experience for people in recovery who want to dive deeper into themselves and connect with a Higher Power. Let us help you recover from addiction and seek the resources you need to keep you clean and sober. Whether it’s spiritual direction or something else, we will help you find what you need. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964