A Spiritual Inventory

As you grow in your sobriety and learn more about yourself, you may find that your concept of a Higher Power changes as well. I am aware that there are many paths to recovery- my path has been the 12-Steps. While this may not be for everybody, the principles contained within the steps and the program are applicable and useful to anyone seeking sobriety spiritual malady and recovery. When I accepted that the ‘spiritual malady’ was about my beliefs, thoughts, and emotions, I came to see that many of my own beliefs and thoughts on this subject were contributing to my disease. I had many old ideas and prejudices that had to be examined and released. Now, many people find the idea of spirituality in recovery offputting.

The Full Spectrum of Spirituality

  • That path is always right, and there are no wrong turns – just different experiences.
  • We become so fixated on it that almost everything we do leads us to think about getting intoxicated.
  • Also, threats come from physical traumas—attacks, assaults, accidents, or abuse—lions, tigers, bears, oh my!
  • Fortunately, it was caught early enough that I had a chance to try and manage it with lifestyle changes.
  • Things like isolation, disenfranchisement, discrimination, and injustice not only influence our mental health but our physical health, as well.

This is due to the fact that addiction is really a spiritual disorder. Although the disease has biological, behavioral, and psychological roots, treating those aspects, without including the spiritual component,  is like sticking a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. If you are seeking drug and alcohol related addiction rehab for yourself or a loved one, the YourFirstStep.org hotline is a confidential and convenient solution. Reach out to our compassionate team to begin your recovery journey. I struggled with this myself in the early days of my recovery.

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what is the spiritual malady

When dealing with the disease of alcoholism we are selfish and self-centered beings. We use everything and everyone, even when we stop using alcohol and drugs to cope with these feelings of being unsatisfied and uncomfortable in life. The more we focus less on ourselves we allow a god of our understanding to enter our minds and work in our lives.

Cultivating a Healthy Spiritual Life to Prevent Spiritual Maladies

Russell Brand says drug addiction should be treated as a health matter – The Guardian

Russell Brand says drug addiction should be treated as a health matter.

Posted: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT [source]

This means those things that are not solid- such as our thoughts, our beliefs, our emotions- are what is spiritual. When we say that alcoholism or drug addiction is ‘a spiritual malady’, it means that our disease in centered in these things (thoughts, beliefs, emotions). The physical allergy is the concept that once a drink or a drug enters the body of an individual with alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD), they cannot stop. Now, the inability to stop drinking or using is the allergy part. Someone who is allergic to shellfish will never be affected by it as long as they do not eat shellfish.

  • This resistance to anything spiritual is the biggest obstacle some addicts confront.
  • Spending time with God and reading His word is a big part of keeping our minds healthy and grounded in truth.
  • After reading ‘The Doctor’s Opinion,’ ‘Bill’s Story,’ and ‘There is a Solution,’ in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we came to an understanding that we have no control whatsoever over alcohol or drugs.

One of the great things about AA is that it’s flexible – you can make it work for you, even if you don’t believe in God. So, instead of fixating on the parts of the program that don’t work for you, focus on the things that do. Finding a Higher Power is an essential part of Alcoholics Anonymous, but what if you don’t believe in God?

It is important that when we embark upon this quest to alleviate our spiritual malady that we are not too harsh on ourselves. No one is perfect at first when attempting to live a spiritual life, especially when we are coming back from a long spiritual hiatus. What is important though is that we strive to be a little better every single day and never give up on our spiritual journey in recovery. Our spiritual malady never just goes away and stays away on its own, it requires a constant spiritual connectivity and effort on our parts in our programs to keep it and the subsequent alcohol and drug abuse at bay. So long as we make an active effort to address our spiritual malady every day, we will find relief from it, one day at a time. Many people are initially turned off to the idea of the program because they believe it preaches religion and God, and many addicts and alcoholics have no desire to pursue a religious answer.

While the absence of spirituality in no way causes addiction, it is generally accepted that addiction has a spiritual component. Carl Jung viewed addiction as a spiritual malady and addicts as frustrated spiritual seekers. He believed the craving for altered states of consciousness reflected a spiritual thirst for wholeness, and that only those who have a spiritual awakening could successfully overcome addiction. Jung’s position was ultimately incorporated into twelve-step recovery, specifically Step Twelve. When left unresolved, a spiritual malady will continue to lead to restlessness, irritability, and discontentment.

This biases our system towards threat physiology and plays a significant role in our health and wellness. As we are an inherently spiritual species, we frequently fear a spiritual death as much as a physical death. Failure to recognize the effects of all of our existential worries, big and small, leads to all kinds of mishaps and trouble for our species. One is a mobilization response where we approach, bond, empathize, love, reproduce, seek resources, share resources, problem-solve, discover, create, sing, dance, play, laugh, and experience interpersonal connections. This is frequently referred to as ‘breed and feed” physiology, although it is clearly much more than just that. The other safety phenotype is one of relative immobilization where we relax, repair, recovery, digest, defecate, contemplate, daydream, sleep, dream, and experience spiritual connections.

  • Anyone can be spiritually maladapted, but as an alcoholic, we use alcohol to deal with having a spiritual malady.
  • Have you physically or emotionally mistreated a family member?
  • If we do not get spiritually connected with meditation or prayer with a power greater than us it will bring us closer and closer to that drink or drug.
  • Here are some things you can do to work through your spiritual malady even if you don’t believe in God or have an understanding of your higher power.
  • This is a proven process has helped literally millions of people all over the world recover from addictions and compulsive behaviors.
  • Thankfully, the “spiritual malady” is no longer a “missing piece” of Step One for me.
  • The best definition may be found in the actual experience of one’s own shifts in conscious awareness.
  • When I was doing my step four inventory as part of my 12 step programme of recovery  I did it pretty much as suggested in the Big Book.
  • The Fifth Step, as well as the Ninth Step, have been compared to confession and penitence.
  • I am just an agnostic member of AA who believes in the program of recovery.
  • The difference with CR is that we specifically acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Higher Power that can restore us.

My trajectory was to move from physical to mental to social, and then to spiritual illness and disease. However, given the times we are in, I find myself compelled to vault forward to the spiritual. By integrating spirituality into addiction recovery, individuals can find strength, hope, and purpose. Practices such as meditation, prayer, or connecting with supportive spiritual communities can offer solace, guidance, and a sense of connection to something greater than oneself.

what is the spiritual malady

A Spiritual Inventory

It’s been medically proven that after a few days of not drinking, alcohol is completely processed out of the body. After a period of abstinence, the substance is physically worked out of the body. I really like the analogy that the physical part of our disease is an “allergy of the body”. Because its exactly like allergies; For example, some people can rub their face in a cat’s fur and it doesn’t bother them a bit. (Although I’m not sure who would ever want to do that!)  But for me, I’m allergic to cats and if I did that I’d be in a world of hurt. Same thing with alcohol; some people can have a couple beers, no problem.

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