Spirituality and Addiction Recovery
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for Renewal at Brookhaven Hospital
According to the National Center on Addiciton and Substance Abuse at Columbia University’s research study on Sprituality and Addiction, “80 percent of Americans believe in God or some other greater power.” (Feb 26th, 2014) The study further showed that “87 percent of Americans identify themselves as religious” and out of 87 percent 83 percent identified as Christians.
Spirituality plays an important role in treatment and recovery from the disease of addiction. Spirituality was incorporated in the treatment of substance abuse as early as the 1800’s through the process of peer support, which was founded by Washington Society. It was in the early 1900’s that therapists began to incorporate spirituality as a tool in helping to facilitate recovery.
Since the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has utilized tenets of religion and prayer in its self-help program, according to a report by Duke University. We see many benefits of Spiritual Addiction Recovery Programs and research shows that addressing the spiritual aspect in treatment promotes long term recovery and positive behaviors.
At Brookhaven Hospital, we provide individuals with a medically supervised detox and therapy to support the individual in addressing their substance abuse issues. We treat the entire person: mind, body and spirit. Our Renewal program offers additional services for patients in the form of daily Chapel services, Bible study and spiritual counseling.
Call us today for more information, 888-298-HOPE (4673).