This is a really good description. Recovery is really Spiritual Formation.
For me, this is specifically Christian, but my mission remains, to show (first- by how I live) and tell (second) what a relationship with God and Christ can do in a life.
Most people make the mistake of assuming that addiction treatment is about eliminating substance use. As a matter of fact, many clinicians who don’t have familiarity with substance abuse also believe that substance use must be contained before “real” therapy can begin. But it is those perceptions that interfere the most with healing. The goal, really, of ANY healing program is to establish and build upon relationships with that which is sacred.
When people fall into addiction’s singular pit, they see their drug as the most important aspect of their lives. When I got into addiction treatment, I knew that it would be difficult, at best, to make a living dong this work. But i knew then and still know now that my role and duty is to help people find paths and connections with their spiritual consciousness. This may involve religion or AA or NA (or some other 12-step…
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