How Does Faith Play a Role in Recovery?

If you are someone who struggles with a substance abuse disorder (SUD), you might find yourself asking a lot of questions. How did I end up here? When did things go wrong? What happened to me? How do I stop this or What is my way out? There may be aspects of your situation that you’re fully aware of or maybe things have been out of the norm for so long that you forgot how you even got where you are. What’s important to remember is that you don’t have to stay in the place that you’re in, you have the opportunity to change your life for the better and to find yourself again. You are at a point where you can rekindle the things you used to love about yourself and work on the things that maybe needed improvement. Even more important is that you are not alone. There may be people who don’t feel as though faith in a higher power may do much for them, but for others, welcoming some divine intervention was the best thing that they ever did for themselves. At this point, you don’t have anything to lose from choosing to have faith and using it as a guiding force in order to start and maintain recovery.

In fact, coming from Baylor University, Dr. Brian Grim, a sociologist, who was published in the Journal of Religion and Health, studied the relationship between faith and recovery from addiction. Programs that incorporate faith into their treatment plans are said to be widely successful in the aiding of long-term recovery for reformed addicts. This is something that should certainly be paid attention to seeing as how in the United States alone there are roughly 20 million people who are suffering from SUD. Dr. Grim also noted that despite less than half of the U.S. population feeling as though faith has a solution for the problems that currently exist in today’s society, over 70% of treatment programs, for example 12-step programs, implement faith or spirituality into their recovery plans. In the same way that various programs and treatment centers utilize group therapy models and seek to have those in recovery be a part of a strong, growing community, having some form of faith enables people to further be a part of a group that can have a strong influence in a positive way other their life. There may not be an understandable reason as to why things are the way they are, but with faith, there is the promise of a way out and for better things to come to you.

Developing a Personal Relationship with God

One important aspect of faith in recovery to note is that people are not required to subscribe to some sect of religion. While choosing a church and attending services may help for community inclusion and offer a chance for structure, that is not all that faith is about. Many people in present times denounce religion for many reasons. Some people do not like the rules and others simply don’t agree with all the practices that take place. The most important facet of faith and spirituality is that you develop a personal relationship with God or whichever higher power you choose to place your faith in. Prayers can be said anywhere, and they are always heard and answered, even if the answers come in unexpected ways. You can talk to God without the formality of a scripted prayer, just through using regular conversation, and He will hear you. Doing your part to show respect and reverence on your own is far more valuable that sitting in a church getting nothing out of the message. Within treatment programs, there are often prayers that are said regularly and that is because they work, especially when you believe in them. You, yourself, may have felt powerless over many situations and experiences that you have come across, and perhaps you really were. However, it doesn’t have to stay that way, you have the power to take back control and reclaim your life, your identity, all of it. Life may not be perfect, but it does get better, and knowing that you have someone who is capable of miracles on your side is one of the best tools that you can have to overcome any obstacle that you may face.
Call to Action

If you are currently suffering from a SUD, there is a chance that you may feel as though you have lost your way. You may not understand why you are where you are or how to find a way out. We want to help you get back on track. Make a personal investment in yourself and get help today. Having a team and really community of support to help get you through can offer piece of mind and a sense of security. At Enlight Treatment Center, we emphasize care and comfort and we want to be that team for you to help you overcome issues and get back to your best self. Whether you have questions or want to visit our facility and talk with us in person, we are always here for you. You can call us at (805)719-7954 or schedule a tour of our facility at 11811 Darlene Lane, Moorpark, CA 93021.

How Do I Learn to Trust?

Trust. It’s a powerful word. For some people, it seems to come naturally. But for many of us who have come from poverty, dysfunction, abuse, and/or addiction, it may be like a foreign language to us. When we add our own addictions, as well as the consequences of them, then it may seem like climbing Mount Everest to even think that we could ever trust anyone. How can we ever trust family, trust friends, or trust ourselves?

However, when we choose recovery, we learn that there are a lot of things we can do that we never thought possible. Finding trust in ourselves and those around us is just one of the many blessings we learn when we do the work to build a new life. These are some steps we can take to find trust in our lives:

1) Surrender

The first step is to surrender. Let go of everything we thought we knew, all of the things we learned with our dysfunctional relationships, and all of the judgments we have been holding onto about ourselves. We might even physically and symbolically step away from the trauma of not trusting others, not trusting ourselves.

We can also pray or meditate and wash our minds clean of the thought processes surrounding trust. We can ask for strength to have an open mind about our future. That as we are making so many changes in our lives, we can have the power to impact our relationships, too, and that we will find people we can trust and depend upon.

2) Forgive

The next step is to forgive. We need to forgive those who have broken our trust. We need to forgive ourselves for any perceived faults for our trusting in them. Just forgive, letting go of the pain and embarrassment or whatever else we are attaching to broken trust.

Most importantly, we need to forgive ourselves for not being able to trust ourselves. Where have we made choices that made us untrustworthy, either to ourselves or others? We need to acknowledge our mistakes and then forgive ourselves for them. We can trust ourselves again because we are making new choices. And we can forgive ourselves for whatever has happened in the past.

3) Forget

It is one thing to forgive, but it is another to truly forget. Erasing the past is hard to do when we have so much pain and trauma attached to it. But if we are truly going to be able to trust again, then we need to cleanse our minds of everything and everyone that has broken our trust in the past. All of those decisions that others made that hurt us. All of the people who didn’t show up for us. All of the choices we made that damaged our own trust in our selves or others’ trust in us. We need to take a big eraser and wipe the slate clean.

Part of forgetting is also to remember to stay in the present. When we are anchored in the here and now, focused on the choices and people in front of us, we are more prepared to leave the past in the past and to be able to trust. Here. Now.

4) Take a Chance

The scariest part of finding trust is to take a chance and trust someone again. This can seem insurmountable. If it is not working, then we probably need to go back through the first three steps and see what we are hanging on to still.

The telling part will be when we notice that we are actually already trusting. We are trusting in our facility or outpatient program to help us heal. We are trusting in the people around us by confiding in them and sharing our stories. We are trusting in ourselves by staying, and by showing up and working every day in our recovery. With these skills in place, we are more prepared to take a chance on ourselves and others in our lives and trust.

5) Reward Faith

To trust in ourselves or others requires faith. We must believe that trust will be fulfilled, and we must be willing to put our trust out there, risking failure. Having lived with failed trust, that of ourselves or others, we of all people should be able to acknowledge and reward faith.

When someone keeps our trust, we can thank them for being trustworthy. Not only will it help them to feel validated for being trusted, but it will help us to remember that our trust has been rewarded, too. The same goes for when we keep our own trust, by making a good choice or fulfilling an assignment. We can acknowledge that we are worthy of trust. This will help heal and reinforce the positive choices we have worked so hard to implement in our lives.

Learning to find trust is part of healing ourselves. Regardless of our past, we can learn new ways of living, including trust in ourselves and others. If we are willing to take these steps, we can learn to trust. That empowers us to build new relationships with others and to be confident in our own choices and believe in ourselves again. To begin recovery and learn to trust, call us today at (805) 719-7954 and speak to one of our admissions experts.