Spirituality in Addiction Treatment by duw14213


									  Spirituality in
Addiction Treatment
Body + Mind + Emotions =

Holistic Understanding of

Spirituality is being positive and
Key 1 - The Power of
   Spirituality is not the same as religion.
   Healing religious abuse is the key to
    discovering empowerment
   Often religious abuse is the trigger for
    codependency issues, shame, guilt,
    eating disorders and sexual
   Important to have a personal definition
    of spirituality that works for you: e.g.
    spirituality = being positive and
   Physical, Mental and Emotional
    empowerment is all an aspect of
    spirituality; spirituality is not only about
    prayer and meditation!
Key 2 - Getting Honest

   Fear & Shame often keep
    people dishonest.
   Look at Family & Personal
    – Addiction
    – Adult Child symptoms
    – Belief’s about self & God
    – Co-creation - God as a
    – Being Real
Key 3 - Focusing on
Family of Origin Issues

   Addiction Issues - Alcohol, Food,
   Codependency, Religious Abuse,
    Poverty, Violence, Racism,
    Sexism, Homophobia
   General Characteristics
    – Don’t Talk
    – Don’t Trust
    – Don’t Feel
   Start Therapy = healing the
Key 4 - Challenging
Unhealthy Beliefs &
   I’m not good enough; a
   Sex is dirty.
   Don’t doubt, think, or
   God is in Charge.
   Jesus is the Way, Truth &
   Religion is above Science,
    Medicine and Therapy.
I suggest you write a personal prayer or
affirmation. (e.g. in The God Game I
reinterpreted Psalm 23 and created a new

God is my friend. What more could I want?
God sits with me in the quiet times of my life,
God explores with me the meaning of my life
God calls me forth as a whole person
Even though I walk along paths of pain,
prejudice, hatred
And depression, my fears are quieted because
God is with me.
God’s words and thoughts challenge me.
God causes me to be sensitive to the needs of
Then lifts up opportunities for serving.
God’s confidence stretches me.
Surely love shall be mine to share throughout
my life,
And I shall be sustained by God’s concern
Oh God, you have given me the
power to determine my life.
May I remember to include
myself in my amends.
May I never be afraid to reveal
my anger or concern to those
who have abused me.
Today I know that I can never
love you or others fully and
healthily until I begin to love
With you as my Partner and Co-
Creator I am discovering all that
is loveable and powerful within
Thank you for guiding me as I
reclaim myself.
Key 5 - Listen to your

   Be still and know that I am
   Meditation technique
    – Stop…be still
    – Be quiet
    – Feel
   Utilize music, movies, art that
    evoke in your feelings
   Often the pathway into our
    feelings is through the Mind
    &/ the Body
 Key 6 - Sharing and
 Honoring your Feelings
God is discovered in the risks we take. So, God is at
work in a hug. We become vehicles for God’s grace
and love when we physically demonstrate our caring
for each other. Religious teachings which tell us to
avoid physical contact miss an important point: God
took physical form in order to talk to us through the
burning bush, through Jesus and other holy teachers.
God also talks to us in a hug. In a hug, we re-create
         Many addicts and other compulsive people
feel so worthless and unlovable – this is what feeds
their dysfunction. Hugs are tangible signs of self-
acceptance and self-love. Hugs embody the healing
miracle of risk.
Hugs: Demonstrable humility.
They say “I need you.”
Need your touch,
Need your warmth,
Need your strength.
They say I need you.
A stranger came to a support group.
He was covered in black leather
With chains and sharp studs,
Had a mustache and beard,
Many tattoos –
The uniform of machismo

He sneered,
And occasionally grunted.
Everybody stared.
His presence was alarming.

The woman who had been sharing
Abruptly fell silent.
The empty pause stretched on for a long
It seemed an eternity.
I wanted to fix the awkwardness
With magic words:
That’s priestcraft
Then an old Jewish lady got up,
Put her coffee on the table
And walked over to the man.
She looked at him,
And hugged him.
“Welcome,” she said.
She held him,
Touched him,
Felt his pain.

Then he began to talk.
His name was Henry.
He was a recovering heroin addict.
He was very depressed.
He was lonely
And afraid.

He needed to be held,
And hugged.
He did not need magic words.
His clothes were a mask.
They covered his pain,
And fear.

The hug was the miracle.
The old woman risked rejection.
She loved unconditionally:

(from Meditations for Compulsive People,
Fr. Leo Booth)
Sharing & Honoring
Your Feelings (continued)
   Only when I know you can I
    love you.
   Exploring your feelings
    allows me to know you!
   You can learn to feel. Attend
    therapy groups or Twelve
    Step where people feel safe
    enough to share their
    feelings. Notice how it
    affects you.
   Remember, your feelings are
    not good or bad…they are
    real. Honor them!
Key 7 - Letting Go
   Stop: You cannot plan and
    reorganize your life’s goals if
    you are too busy
    to think.
   Look:
    –   What needs to change?
    –   Who needs to go?
    –   How are you to create a better life?
    –   Joseph Campbell, The Creation of
   Change: Implement (no
    more thinking or
    procrastination) the Plan.
God is not a Codependent
Here is a prayer that explores this

   God, sometimes I want You to
        come and fix my life,
 remove my problems, and make
                my path
    straight and clear. But in my
          better moments,
  I know it is in the challenge and
              effort of life
    that my glory and power are
           made manifest.

(from The Wisdom of Letting Go, Fr.
Leo Booth)
Key 8 - Co-creativity

   God invites us to create
   Understand the difference
    between Miracle and Magic.
   Interesting question: Does
    unhealthy religion make us
    codependent? i.e. Prayers
    that begin:
    – God help us…
    – God save us…
    – God show us…
    – God give us…
What is our part?

Not to discount God’s grace, but we need
to acknowledge our part.

A young man went daily to his fruit tree and lay
beneath it with mouth wide open. The gentle
breezes stirred the tree, and the fruit would drop
down into the young man’s mouth. He loved his
fruit tree for the way it dropped the fruits so
abundantly to him.

One day, he went to the tree and lay down as
usual with his mouth open, but nothing
happened. The breezes did not blow, so no fruit
fell. He lay there for many days, with his mouth
open, and still the winds did not blow the fruit
down to him. He began to curse and cry because
the tree did not give him fruit.
       A wise old man happened by and
saw the young man lying there with his
mouth open, crying and tantruming.
“Whatever is the matter with you?” The old
man asked.

       “I’ve been lying here for days and
my fruit tree will not drop fruit. I’m so
hungry,” cried the young man.

        “Well then, why don’t you just get
up and shake the tree? Then you can get all
the fruit you need!” The old man exclaimed.

        So the young man got up and shook
the tree, and sure enough, down came the
fruit. From that day forward, he stopped
waiting for fruit to drop down. Instead, he
shook the tree to get his fruit and never went
hungry again.
Key 9 - Healthy

   Creative and       Boundaries
    intimate           Patience
    friendship         Compassion
   Trust              Spontaneity
   Honesty            Understanding
   Communication      Forgiveness
   Humor
Key 10 - Moving toward
your Heart’s Desire

   Do you have Dreams?
   Can you see where you want
    to be?
   Can you see what your Bliss
    looks like?
   Do you have a plan that
    takes you into health,
    happiness, and prosperity
    e.g. Twelve Steps, Master-
    Plan Program?

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