The terms spirituality and religion are often intertwined or used interchangeably. To understand how sobriety and spirituality are connected, it is vital to understand the differences between religion and spirituality. Although there are indeed connections, they are not one and the same. All religions emphasize spirituality as an essential part of faith. However, it is possible to be “spiritual” without being “religious.”  

Religion is a specific set of organized beliefs and practices shared by a group (or, in some cases, by a community). The goal or purpose of religion (generally) is to unite a group of people under the same values, ideals, and principles to facilitate communication with a Higher Power. Religion is, for the most part, meant to enhance spirituality; But religion itself is not spirituality. 

What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality is a far broader concept with a lot of room for interpretation. Spirituality involves recognizing the feeling or belief that there is something out there greater than yourself. Unlike most religious practices, spirituality is more of an individual practice that incorporates finding a sense of peace and purpose. Spirituality also relates to the process of developing personal beliefs around the meaning of life and connection with others. There are various types of spirituality, and it is possible to practice spirituality to be spiritual without being religious or actively practicing a specific religion. People, including addicts in recovery, practice spirituality as a way to gain perspective and recognize that their life has a greater purpose and value than addiction allows them to believe. 

How Is Spirituality Linked to Sobriety? 

Addiction steals many things. It impacts relationships, physical health, psychological health, and spiritual health. As your spiritual health declines, it is not uncommon to struggle with feelings of self-worth, purpose, and connection with the world around you. During addiction treatment at Ardmore Recovery, you have the opportunity to rediscover your spirituality through comprehensive treatment programs that address all aspects of your person. Connecting with your spirituality can help restore your self-worth and provides a greater sense of purpose essential to recovery and long-term relapse prevention. 

Spirituality provides a greater foundation of many factors vital to recovery, including hope, freedom, forgiveness, and peace. The link between sobriety and spirituality is not new. Addiction treatment programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) incorporate spiritual practices, including mindfulness, into the 12-steps participants follow on their sobriety journeys. The spiritual guidelines of Alcoholics Anonymous have been helping addicts in recovery get sober and stay sober for over eighty years. 

Finding the connection between spirituality and sobriety is not always easy. This is especially true if spirituality was not something you actively practiced before beginning rehab or if addiction has clouded your spiritual beliefs so much that you question how spirituality can help. At Ardmore Recovery’s Savannah, GA, we understand how deeply addiction can affect one’s view of spirituality. Our programs focus on helping you overcome addiction by helping you heal, but healing is more than physical. Long-term sobriety and recovery are only possible with total, holistic healing that addresses your physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. 

If you are ready to overcome addiction, there will never be a better day than today. 

Reach Out to Ardmore Recovery Today

At our secluded Savannah, GA, drug, and alcohol rehab, we will work with you to create an addiction treatment program unique to your treatment needs and goals. Addiction is a disease that affects everyone differently, and therefore the most successful programs are those that treat the person, not just the addiction. Let our treatment team at Ardmore Recovery in Savannah help you learn more about how spirituality can help you heal and find lasting sobriety. 

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