Dan Thompson, MA writes on the importance of spirituality in recovery.
What does spirituality have to do with recovery at Harbor Hall? Everything! At our Residential Treatment Center, we concur with 12 Step writings, on page 83, “The Spiritual life is not a theory, we have to live it.” There is another phrase we identify with that reminds us: “we are spiritual people on a human journey”.
Our understanding of spirituality is that it is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning or purpose, and the way we experience sacred or holy connection to the moment, to self, to others, to our environment, to a Higher Power, or to God (as we understood Him).
In our care, you will be welcomed and accepted wherever you are at spiritually and/or religiously. Whether or not you refer to a Higher Power, to God, or regardless how you assign yourself as perhaps atheist, agnostic, theist, or deist, you will be welcomed and treated fairly and justly.
We believe in the power of the human spirit that exists within each of us, and that with proper help can be relieved, revived, and/or restored. Our core teaching on spirituality promotes a kind of lifestyle practice that is honorable, whereby the basic spiritual habits which reflect our pursuit of transformation involves discipline, accountability, servant hood, humility, and safety. We also refer back to our lifestyle that resisted change, where we dishonored our self and others with habits influenced with bitterness, arrogance, danger, lawlessness, and self-centeredness.
As it states on page 110 of Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions, our effort with clients is fueled by the hope and truth that the “eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic/addict outcast received back into his/her community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving Presence or Higher Power in their lives”.
In our recovery treatment program, spirituality has everything to do with our sanity, serenity, trust, respect, and joy. These are the results we strive for and believe can occur in treatment under the professional, clinical, and spiritual care that is offered through our program.
Blessings to you