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The Role of Prayer and Meditation in the Recovery Process

Embarking on the journey toward recovery from addiction is challenging for addicts as well as their family members and loved ones. Incorporating both prayer and meditation into the recovery process can help ease your path and open up new ways of loving yourself and the journey you are on.

The Importance of Prayer and Meditation

As you are embarking on the journey toward addiction recovery, you have already made one of the most important decisions of your life – to step away from drugs and re-join your community. Choosing a faith-based rehab program is another conscious decision to let the Word of God guide your path to recovery and make prayer an integral part of your day.

Aside from prayer, establishing a meditation practice can help give you the tools you need to nourish your mind, body, and spirit throughout rehab and beyond. Prayer and meditation are healthy and proactive ways to establish or maintain a conscious connection with a higher power.

Establishing a regular meditation practice also introduces the concept of mindfulness into your journey. At its most basic, mindfulness refers to the ability to be present in the current moment, without the need for drugs to cover up or enhance aspects of that moment.

Pray to Reach Out, Meditate to Reach In

Prayer and meditation each have their role to play in your recovery and your efforts to connect with God.

A simple way of thinking of the differences between the two is to imagine prayer as a way to reach out to that higher power. Meditation, on the other hand, is a way of reaching inward and connecting your mind, body, and spirit.

Praying is an excellent way to affirm your belief and ask for help. Joining a faith-based recovery program means that your faith either remains intact or that you are looking to re-establish it. Praying allows you to strengthen or forge that connection. Many addicts suffer from overwhelming feelings of guilt at the thought of damaged relationships, for example. What better time to ask for forgiveness than during a daily prayer?

Meditation plays a different role in your recovery. Drugs, including alcohol, change the way messages are transmitted in your brain. In fact, some receptors may completely shut down. As you detox from the drugs, those parts of your brain will become active and signal their craving for the drug you were addicted to. Meditation allows you to reduce the intensity of those signals and recognize them for what they are, a stage of your recovery.

Increase Meaning and Purpose

Most addicts have found that their lives have been governed by the need for their drug of choice. Without that craving to dominate the day, their lives may initially feel unstructured or even empty. Prayer and meditation have the power to add meaning and purpose to basic daily tasks. Both also help establish a healthy routine that is essential to successful recovery.

Learning to Love Yourself

Spending time meditating means spending time with yourself, exploring your emotions and your state of mind, and accepting them for what they are. In the beginning, this may seem like the hardest part of your day. But the benefits are endless as you learn to love yourself once again.

Many addicts come to loathe the person they are and use drugs to cover up those feelings. Meditation and mindfulness allow you to recognize the emotions you’re experiencing as an integral part of yourself and your journey to sobriety.

Consider a Faith-based Rehabilitation Program

Recovering from addiction is one of the hardest journeys you will ever embark on in your life. A faith-based rehab program is built on the strongest guiding principle you could ever wish for, the Word of God. Prayer and meditation are two powerful tools that help you on your journey and allow you to (re-)connect to your faith by reaching in and reaching out.

To learn more about faith-based rehab with S2L Recovery, contact our team today.

How to Host a Faith-Based Intervention

Watching a family member or a loved one struggle with addiction can be tough. For many people, it is hard to know when to get involved and how to bring your loved ones back to their faith and start them on their journey of recovery. A faith-based intervention is often the first step. Here is how to go about hosting one and the key information you should know. 

What is an Intervention?

Living with someone addicted to drugs or alcohol is challenging every single day. Many family members and loved ones find it hard to get through to the person and convince them to choose a different path. That is when an intervention can help. 

An intervention is a carefully planned, structured event that allows family members and friends to offer the person they are concerned about an opportunity to make changes. Most interventions are planned together with a medical professional or a licensed substance abuse counselor. Others are conducted under the guidance of a professional interventionist. 

Interventions involve confronting your loved one about their addiction and showing them a way toward seeking help.

Why is a Faith-Based Intervention Different?

Rather than being led by medical professionals or secular counselors, faith-based interventions are guided by a member of your faith and put the Word of God at the heart of the proceedings. 

During the intervention, family members, friends, and spiritual advisors will confront your loved one with the consequences of their addiction. They will give specific examples of how the addictive and destructive behavior has hurt the family and others in the person’s environment. 

The goal of a faith-based intervention is to convince the addict to accept help by committing to a recovery program. Interventions also show the person at the center what each family member will do if they do not agree to seek help. 

How Can I Prepare for a Faith-Based Intervention?

Start by seeking help from a spiritual counselor or a faith-based recovery program such as S2LRecovery. Our team is deeply experienced in handling difficult situations, and we’re here to help you help your loved ones. 

Preparing an intervention usually involves several steps:

  • Plan the intervention together with a spiritual advisor. This will help you navigate emotional situations without letting things spiral out of control.

  • Get together an intervention team. This could be family members but also others who can help keep the discussion focused on addiction and faith-based recovery. Make notes of what you want to say, and don’t be afraid to rehearse your speech. In fact, it is important to stick to constructive language during the meeting.

  • Decide on the solution you want to offer the person struggling with addiction.

  • Decide on realistic, actionable consequences in case your friend or family member refuses the offer of help. Stand firm on these consequences. 

What Happens After the Intervention? 

Ideally, the intervention ends with a firm commitment to enter a recovery program or seek structured help in another way. Even with this commitment in place, the intervention team should make a plan to follow up on the actual intervention meeting. 

Check if your loved one has made arrangements to enter into rehabilitation and set deadlines. You may also need to consider making changes around the home to make destructive behaviors harder and putting in place some form of recovery support.

Remember, recovery doesn’t end when a person leaves a facility. They are in a better place now, but they will still need love and spiritual support to stay on their new path. 

Where Can I Get More Information? 

Not all approaches to drug and alcohol rehabilitation are the same. Whilst the 12-step program certainly has its place, we found that putting the Word of God at the center of our approach has been tremendously successful. 

Leaning on a hopeful future and a community-based model for immediate aftercare has helped us change addicts’ lives. If that sounds like an approach that could work for your loved one, contact our team today. We’re here to help you from the moment you decide to organize a faith-based intervention all the way through to solid aftercare.

 

Why a Christian Curriculum Is The Most Effective Way to Beat Addiction

Traditional 12-Step addiction recovery programs have been around for decades, so what is different about a Christian addiction recovery program? Is it more effective than traditional recovery programs?

A 2019 study reviewed the importance of faith in an individual’s recovery from substance abuse, and the findings spoke for themselves. In the conclusion, the study said “religion and religious participation can address the many issues that lead people to alcohol and/or drug dependency that medical interventions alone can fail to address.” What’s more, the study determined that those who relied on their faith in God actually healed faster.

Why might this be?

Treating the Whole Person

When you think about addiction, it is easy to focus on the physical, mental, and emotional toll it takes on the person. But what about spiritually? A Christian addiction recovery program recognizes our addictions as a spiritual yearning, a yearning for something more than we can find or fill within ourselves.

Just like traditional rehabs or recovery programs, a Christian recovery program addresses the physical, mental, and emotional health of the addicted person. But it doesn’t stop there! Treating the whole person, and the true root of their suffering, includes assessing their spiritual need and its link to the addiction.  

“For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ~1 John 2:16-17 (ESV)

Identity = Who God Says You Are

Rather than identify as addicts, a Christian recovery program encourages identifying ourselves by what the Bible says about us and how God sees us. Instead of focusing on our addict-like behaviors, we recognize that we are inherently individuals struggling to find fulfillment and belonging, and it is only God who can give us what we seek.

In the same way, we believe true healing comes from hearing and understanding the truths of the Bible: How God is the only true source of life, and that He loves us and wants us to know Him. As a result, we surrender ourselves to be molded and shaped into the person God says we already are in His eyes – blameless and a new creation.

Focus & Hope Found in Christ

A Christian curriculum also focuses on the future, including building a new foundation for how we see the world. In traditional 12-Step programs, the focus is often holding fast to the group’s traditions and subjective truths.

For example, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is known as a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they might solve their common problems. A Christian curriculum, on the other hand, depends on the belief in the Gospel of Christ and God’s supernatural work in our lives despite our best efforts.

“Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory …” ~Ephesians 3:17b-20 (BSB)

Our team at S2L Recovery understands the seriousness of taking the first step toward recovery. We also know each person recovers from their addiction in a personalized, unique way. Our approach is from a foundational faith-based framework, but our addiction recovery program is not exclusive to Christians; we welcome anyone. Learn more today.

The Importance of Having a Recovery Support System

While there are many proven methods to encourage a life of recovery, one common theme across numerous approaches to addiction recovery is a strong support system. For many individuals struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, this is found in recovery support groups. 

Data shows that 90% of addiction clients who continue to attend peer support groups after going through rehab achieve, on average, two years of sobriety without relapse and 10 years until substance abuse freedom. With a condition in which relapse is common – if not expected – that is an incredible statistic!

Why is this the case, and how exactly does a support system motivate a person to stick with recovery?

S2L Recovery’s intensive approach to addiction recovery sets us apart and has proven successful for more than a decade. Our community-based model for aftercare support following rehab has been integral to our alumni’s recovery journeys. Learn more.

People Need People

It is a simple truth, but the reality is that people need people! Individuals who have struggled with an addiction increasingly become more isolated in themselves, as well as in their shame. One of the best medicines for an individual with a substance use disorder, then, is a healthy community.

More often than not, a support group connects people who would not have met otherwise and gives them a regular time and place to interact. And the relationships and network an individual in recovery gains through a support group takes effect almost immediately. Even if he or she does not open up or make friends right away, being in the presence of others with similar battles and hearing their stories is powerful!

A Judgment-Free Zone

Individuals struggling with a current or past addiction can feel intense shame, whether it’s about their cravings, things they’ve done while in active addiction, or the consequences they are currently enduring from the substance use. It can be very difficult to talk about – and even harmful – with family members and friends who don’t fully understand the vicious cycle of addiction.

A support group, on the other hand, is a group of people who have struggled with substance use themselves! Rather than offering advice about do’s and don’ts, a group of peers offers a safe and judgment-free zone for the individual to talk about their struggles. A support group can truly empathize with and understand what a recovering individual is going through and share their own hard-earned wisdom.

True Accountability

At the same time, a support group offers authentic, unadulterated accountability for an individual in recovery. This is especially true of recovery support groups that value integrity and honesty as building blocks for true healing. Plus, one of the primary purposes of the group’s meetings (whether weekly or bimonthly) is to encourage honest check-ins with how each member is doing.

On another note, fellow “addicts” have a keen radar for recognizing the signs of relapse. The beauty of an individual being a member of an attentive, accountable recovery peer group? It is a safe place to 1. admit failings and 2. receive support as they work to get back on-track.

Men come to the S2L Recovery program with different backgrounds of faith, beliefs, and cultural understandings, but we welcome all people without judgment. Learn more about our drug & alcohol recovery program today.  

How to Talk to Someone You Love About Their Addiction

According to Pew Research Center, 46% of Americans have a family member or friend who has a current or past drug addiction (2017). To illustrate how big that number is, the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration found that the estimated number of Americans with an illicit drug disorder totalled 7.4 million people. This number does not even include those battling alcoholism.

As devastating as addiction is to the mind, body, and spirit of the person who is using the drug, it also affects everyone around the person. Parents blame themselves. Spouses wrestle with heartbreak. Children suffer from neglect. Friends watch someone close to them waste away.

If you are the friend or loved one of someone who is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, you have likely suffered in silence for years:

  • Worried about their condition, and equally worried if you don’t talk to them about it.
  • Afraid of how they will react if you bring it up with them.
  • Unsure, in general, about what you should do or if there is any hope.

Offering support and love to your addicted loved one is not easy, but it can be a crucial part of their healing journey. But how do you get to that point? How do you even talk to them about their addiction?

S2L Recovery is a Christian addiction recovery center for alcohol and drugs in Middle Tennessee. Learn more

Start With Love

When you talk to your loved one, do you want them to hear your judgment, anger, or disappointment? As valid as these feelings are, you want to be careful about how your loved one might perceive them.

Before you ever approach your loved one, look inside yourself – past the hurt, the anger, the worry – and remind yourself of the primary motivation for talking to them: You love and care for them. Setting the tone of your conversation will begin with this self-inventory.

Your mindset can help you think through not only what you want to say, but also how you want to say it. You want your words, body language, and even what you don’t say to communicate love.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” ~1 Cor. 13:4-8a (ESV)

Be Honest

The truth about love is that it is often painful. Your love for someone in and of itself does not change them; they are their own person, and they are responsible for their own choices. Even the Lord, who is a Good Father, knows the grief of loving people – who He calls wayward children – who run from Him:

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. But the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk … but they did not realize it was I who healed them.” ~Hosea 11:1-3 (NIV)

You can be honest with your loved one about your concerns. But avoid talking about their past; rather, talk about what you want for their future. Share that you want the best for them – their physical health, their relationships, their life’s dreams.

Offer Support, Set Boundaries

Communicating your continued support can also be a point you strive to make in the conversation with your loved one. At the same time, this conversation might be a much-needed opportunity to establish stronger boundaries in your relationship with them. 

In fact, Scripture encourages those who live by the Spirit to “restore a person gently” by speaking truth to them in love. What’s more, it says we are responsible for our own actions:

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. … Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life.” ~Galatians 6:2-5, 8 (NIV)

If you are weary emotionally, or even financially, from the ways you’ve supported and possibly enabled your loved one in the past – whether they be your spouse, parent, child, or friend – you do not have to feel guilty about protecting your own physical, emotional, and mental health from their choices.

S2L Recovery Awarded Behavioral Health Accreditation From the Joint Commission

NASHVILLE, TN 4/7/2020 — S2L Recovery has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

S2L Recovery underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Behavioral Health standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, leadership, and more.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend S2L Recovery for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

S2L Recovery is a state-licensed Christian alcohol and drug recovery facility in middle Tennessee. We believe in the ability to find recovery through the teachings of Christ.

S2L Recovery is a Christian Based Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center with Faith Based Recovery Programs in Tennessee