In this article, I’m going to teach you about the benefits of spirituality and prayer for opiate addiction recovery. If you don’t believe in God (“True Source”, “Creator of the Universe”, etc.) this information might not appeal to you.
Read it anyways, because you might find some value in it.
I was atheist for many years of my life, and I didn’t start believing in the possibility of an “Intelligent Force of the Universe” until my early 20’s.
When I was 24, I quit drinking and started attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings.
When I began to work the Twelve Steps with my Sponsor, I had a number of experiences that led to me believing God was really working in my life, and it was simply amazing.
My spiritual experiences were profound, and ever since then I’ve been a big believer in spirituality and prayer for addiction recovery.
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What is Spirituality?
There is no single definition of spirituality which is widely agreed upon. However, research surveys have shown a broad range of definitions, ranging from uni-dimensional definitions such as a personal belief in a realm, to broader concepts such as a quest for an ultimate/sacred meaning, transcending the base/material aspects of life, and/or a sense of awe/wonderment and reverence toward the universe.
To me, spirituality is the recognition that humans consist of both a physical body and a soul.
We live out life in a physical body that eventually dies, but when we do, our soul lives on, and this spiritual aspect of us is eternal.
I also believe in a “Creative Intelligence” which I choose to call God. And this powerful force is beyond my comprehension or understanding.
What I know is that I’ve seen a superabundance of miracles occur in my life whenever I choose to be in conscious contact with God, and ask this Creator of the Universe to direct my will and my life.
Spirituality is absolutely wonderful, but spirituality alone is not enough to make a holistic recovery from opiate addiction. Holistic recovery is when you address and treat the entire Mind/Body/Spirit.
The 4-Pillars of Opiate Addiction Recovery
Me and many other addiction specialists believe that addiction is a bio/psycho/social/spiritual disorder. According to this treatment model, to make a holistic recovery from opiate addiction, you need to work on all four of these areas.
And according to my 4-Pillars Method, the physical (biological) aspect of addiction needs to be the foundation of opiate addiction treatment upon which all other components are built upon.
Drugs are physical substances which damage a physical organ (the brain). This leads to low levels of dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters that affect our mood and behavior.
It is for this reason that methods of treatment such as spirituality and counseling won’t be nearly as effective until an individual restores healthy neurotransmission.
Some of the most effective methods for restoring biochemical balance are:
Benefits of Spirituality For Opiate Addiction Recovery
Once you’ve restored your biochemistry to balance, spirituality will then have the greatest positive impact on your recovery from opiate addiction.
But don’t just take my word for it…
Instead check out what the latest research says on the subject.
Many scientific studies support the use of spirituality as a tool in addiction recovery, leading to the development of multiple tools that incorporate spiritual reflection and action.
According to research, spiritually-focused addiction treatment programs have resulted in up to a 10 percent greater abstinence rate than other forms of treatment.
Other studies indicate an inverse relationship between religious involvement and substance dependence, as well as an inverse relationship between meditation practices and substance use.
Along with giving an individual more meaning and fulfillment in life, spirituality can also enhance neurotransmission.
In one study, people attended a spiritual retreat, and their post-retreat brain scans revealed decreases in dopamine transporter (5-8 per cent) and serotonin transporter (6.5 per cent) binding, which could make more of the neurotransmitters available to the brain.
In the study, participants showed marked improvements in their perceived physical health, tension, and fatigue.
Benefits of Prayer For Opiate Recovery
As you can see, spirituality can have numerous benefits for opiate addiction recovery. And the act of praying is also extremely powerful, and I highly recommend it.
I see no point in seeing what the research studies have to say on this subject.
There are forces at work beyond the comprehension of science, and I believe that prayer is one of these forces.
Whenever I’ve chosen to pray to God, my life seems to get better. And whenever I pray to God specifically to direct my life and my thoughts, I really like the outcome.
My belief is that prayer can be a very powerful way to help you recover from opiate addiction.
Here are just a few benefits I believe prayer can provide you with:
- Reduction of Cravings
- Feelings of Calmness
- Inner Strength
- Emotional Balance
- Faith in your Ability to Recover
- Increased Confidence
- Feeling Safe
- More Meaning in Life
Using Spirituality and Prayer For Opiate Recovery
If you’re already spiritual or religious, I encourage you to call harness the power of this resource to help you recover from opiate addiction. If you’re not yet spiritual but want to become so, there are things you can do to start your spiritual journey.
One of those things is reading.
Here are some life-changing books that have shaped my spiritual beliefs which you may find value in:
If you’re interested in religion, you may wish to study the teachings of Jesus Christ, Buddha, or another spiritual teacher that resonates with you.
Although I’m not a member of any organized religion, I do enjoy maintaining conscious contact with God, and I love praying for my life to be directed by my creator.
I also like to pray for my loved ones, and even for people that have trespassed against me. Those people need love the most.
I hope you enjoyed this article on spirituality and prayer for opiate addiction recovery, and at this point I warmly welcome you to share any profound spiritual experiences you’ve had in life that have led you to believe in God or whatever you prefer to call this spiritual and creative force.
If you’re atheist or agnostic you can share about that as well, and I only ask that you respect the beliefs of others, even though you may think they are quackery. Any disrespectful comments will be deleted.