I wanted to write a post about the spiritual solution of recovery. I have been reading the headlines lately and I’m quite disturbed. I see things like “Should We Use LSD to Treat Alcoholism?” and “Heroin is the New Methadone.” As good intentioned as these proposed solutions may be, I don’t think they address the real malady that those of us in recovery have come to know. I believe that the only solution of any durability for those with addiction is a spiritual one. I can’t tell you how many families I have worked with who have tried to employ replacement therapies to curb the cravings of their addicted loved one.
While they may treat the symptom of craving they do not address the underlying causes and conditions of addiction. We are fundamentally unable to manage our emotional life. We have no real tools for living. As our addiction progresses, we lose the ability to distinguish the true from the false. We are powerless and our lives are unmanageable. Unless tools can be found to address the inner void, we will remain in this condition. Even with the aid of pharmacological remedies to aid with cravings, we are unable to grow, because none of these methods involves real inner change, hence a spiritual solution. As we begin to peel back the layers and discover where the real problem lives and implement solutions that get us connected on a spiritual level with a Power greater than ourselves, we begin to know real Power. We begin to discover step by step how to know freedom and happiness.
It is important to point out that a spiritual solution should be viewed without the connotation of religion or religious. They are simply different. There are wonderful programs available to people of all faiths or lack thereof. If you are searching for a spiritual solution for yourself or a loved one, give us a call and let us get you connected with programs that can offer you a chance at creating a magnificent life.