Intervention: Anything But My Own Skin

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Addiction Memoir- Spirituality in Recovery

There comes a point in one’s recovery from addiction, where the question of spirituality is brought to attention. For many individuals, the concept of spirituality is foreign territory. Not because spirituality does not exist, but because drugs and alcohol have left no room for a spiritual being to exist inside the body of the user. A life full of drug use is a life empty on everything else, which is what can make recovery so hard. Take away the drugs and alcohol and what’s left? Nothing.
For this reason, it is important to find a spiritual being to mend the brokenness created from a life filled with drugs and alcohol. Could this be a higher power? Absolutely. Without a higher power to restore the insanity created from addiction, there is no hope for a full recovery. During the period of the active addiction, the drugs and alcohol were the higher power in the addict’s life. If you don’t believe the drugs were the higher power, then you need to go back to step one, where your life was unmanageable.
Finding something bigger than the addicts own selfish desires is how to regain spirituality. This means, find a path that seeks to help others, instead of seeking a path that directly benefits your own desires and needs. Put others needs first and your soul will be restored.


  1. Chad, this is very insightful! Blaise Pascal said “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”. We were hard wired to worship. Everyone worships something. For those who refuse a higher power, they end up trying to fill that vacuum with all kinds of things; drugs, alcohol, sex, money, power, and worship it. When we finally come to place where we acknowledge that vacuum that only God can fill, then healing begins. What do you think?

  2. The only thing that allowed me to come out of the life I was in, was turning my will to God. I began praying that I would not do my will but instead do His and ever since then, I have felt a peace that I have never felt before. I completly agree with a God shaped hole that can only be will filled through God's will. Thanks Ramona. I love to get feedback!