The Role of Spirituality in Recovery

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As the disease of addiction intensifies, people may drift further away from family and friends, leaving them alone in their battle against addiction.

Spirituality can be a valuable source of inner strength that enables the recovery process to begin, and sustains individuals into healthy, self-managed and fulfilling lives.

Although spirituality is unique to each person, studies show that those who rely on spirituality recover from addiction at a much higher rate, are more optimistic and handle stress better.

In the past, spirituality was more deeply associated with religion, but has since taken on new perspectives and definitions.

Spirituality may involve concepts such as self-awareness, what we believe about the universe, how we relate to nature or our interpretation of a meaningful connection with the divine. Religion can be considered a set of structured practices adhered to by communities of faith and which may encourage spiritual growth.

Exploring spirituality can lead to renewed purpose, greater mindfulness and accountability which support sustained recovery for a well-balanced life free from addiction.

Contact the NCWR Addiction Recovery Clinic at OSU at 918-561-1890 to schedule an appointment. In case of a medical emergency, please call 911. For immediate and confidential emotional support, please call 988 to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

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