If you have ever sought help for a substance abuse problem, or if you have been considering doing so, you may have come across the mention of a higher power as a critical aspect of a 12-step program.  The 12-step program, popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous, emphasizes the value of faith in recovery as a source of hope and strength. Depending on your personal history with religion, you may or may not be off-put by the idea of God or spirituality.  Though a relationship with a higher power may not be right for everyone, it could enrich and solidify your recovery experience.

For the most part, people who attend religious services regularly are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.  This is due to a variety of reasons such as the feeling of moral obligation to a higher power, as well as the stress-reducing benefits and support of a loving community.  Studies show that while belief in God or spirituality can have benefits for anyone in addiction recovery, those who have a history of faith are more likely to find the higher power aspect of a 12-step program helpful in remaining sober.  Church services and events are also a great way to occupy your time and meet new people without the presence of drugs or alcohol.

Whether you come from a religious background or you are considering spirituality for the first time, faith can be a great source of comfort and community during your recovery from addiction.  However, if the idea of God is not appealing to you, don’t let that turn you away from asking for help. Recovery is what you make it, and you have the right to take the tools that serve you and leave the ones that do not.  Whatever your path, now is the time to take the first step.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.

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