By Floyd Godfrey, LPC, CSAT candidate
Most addicts and their wives find a tremendous amount of healing in spiritual ways as they progress through recovery. Spirituality and recovery seem to go hand-in-hand. However, spirituality doesn’t necessarily infer a specific religious affiliation. It’s more of an inner sense of connection with God. It has to do more with an inner feeling than religious practice.
Although some people find they receive spiritual nutrition through different religious interactions, others find it in different ways. You will want to awaken your inner soul and connect with God. Concepts of surrender and grace that pertain to spirituality will be invaluable in recovery.
If you’re an addict, you’ve probably recognized that it’s impossible to overcome the problem by yourself. Isolation fuels the fire. But with the help of your Higher Power you can stop the constant battling within yourself and turn it over to the universe. This is where you’ll hear addicts say, “Let Go and Let God.” It’s a form of letting God be in control.
As you develop a relationship with your Higher Power, you will find it beneficial to communicate. Some people do this through prayer. Others find ways of meditating to connect. Do what works for you to focus away from yourself and toward your Higher Power. Share your thoughts, your dreams, your frustrations, your hopes and your goals. Answers may come through other people, an unexpected phone call or note, something you read, new ideas that pop into your head. Watch for answers the universe sends you.
Throw Your Keys is a simple tool that taps into spirituality. We recommend that addicts find a time to pray or meditate either at night or in the morning. Take your car keys and simply throw them under the bed. It is a very simple tool to help you remember to take the time to connect with God.
The following is an example of a prayer that many have offered: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.” –Niebuhr