Truly transformative healing and recovery addresses many different needs and goals. For those overcoming the use of drugs or alcohol and beginning a life of sobriety, creating an entirely new lifestyle is paramount. However, each person will also be tasked with tending to their spiritual needs in addition to their needs to overcome substance use disorder. The Redpoint Center is committed to this comprehensive approach to sobriety. Embracing spiritual healing and incorporating effective practices at home throughout outpatient care can help to truly embrace this new and sober life.
The Importance of Spiritual Healing
Spirituality is something that can easily go overlooked during a person’s recovery journey. However, it is just s essential as other aspects of an effective recovery. Spiritual healing is the act of tending to personal needs and beliefs beyond the immediate physical body and incorporates mending emotional scars, past traumas, self-belittling beliefs, isolation, and more. This kind of healing is paramount for not only providing direction throughout the recovery journey in outpatient care but is also crucial to challenge feelings of isolation, emotional stresses, and providing purpose, belonging, and a new perspective in sobriety.
Embracing spirituality as part of effective healing and treatment can also empower those in recovery to be more resilient in their continued journey in outpatient care. It can be impossible to predict all of the various stresses and challenges that each person may face throughout their recovery. Finding a core set of spiritual beliefs and practices can help each person maintain their effective transformations and process various challenges that may manifest throughout each person’s sober journey.
Spirituality and religion are also not necessarily the same thing, and it is wholly possible to explore spiritual healing without ascribing to any particular religious denomination or belief in a higher power at all. Spiritual practices and healing throughout the recovery journey will always be a personal journey with no definite “right” or “wrong” way to pursue such goals.
Creating Effective Spiritual Practices at Home
Each journey with spiritual healing in outpatient care will be unique. Exploring a wide array of various spiritual options in recovery can empower each person to find the practices that best resonate with their beliefs, goals, and challenges throughout addiction recovery.
An individual may not also experience all the expected benefits of spiritual healing practices immediately. Exploring effective spiritual healing at home not only means being open to a myriad of new practices and ideas, but also engaging with them a few times to best benefit from them, or to determine if exploring other options may benefit an individual more in their own journey.
Dedicate a Space
Spiritual healing can take many forms, and establishing a sense of consistency can empower those in recovery to make the most of their spiritual practices at home. Dedicating a specific space to spiritual healing at home throughout outpatient care and beyond can ensure continued engagement with whatever form of spiritual healing is most effective, furthering each practice’s efficacy.
For some, this can mean having a room wholly dedicated to meditation or yoga. Others may dedicate a portion of a room to a relaxing atmosphere, surrounding themselves with plants, natural images such as posters, paintings, and more, or even filling the space with sounds that can calm and soothe otherwise trying emotional states.
Some may have a particular place that helps them relax in nature itself that is not necessarily within their own home. Having a favorite hiking trail can help an individual connect with nature and their spiritual beliefs, so long as it remains consistent and accessible whenever needed.
Reinforcing a person’s continued success, beliefs, and more throughout the day can ensure that those in recovery are able to focus on their continued needs and healing, both in terms of overcoming substance use disorder and spiritual healing. Reciting a particular mantra at home, keeping words of affirmation or notes to oneself in a wallet or purse, or even posting notes to oneself at common spots throughout the home can all be ways to reinforce these spiritual beliefs and affirmations.
Exposing oneself to these affirmations or reminders of spiritual beliefs can help to normalize these ideas and make them an integral part of each day and decision to facilitate continued commitment to each person’s spiritual well-being.
Journaling for Spiritual Healing
Spiritual healing can be complicated, and it can be difficult to quantify effective healing while engaged in such a metaphysical practice. Journals can be a great way for those in recovery to track their own spiritual healing and perspectives. For some, chronicling the events of the day before bed can be a great way to examine their own needs and beliefs. Others may commit to a gratitude journal to reinforce spiritual beliefs, all while providing a safe outlet to express emotions and find the best way to communicate complex ideas and challenges still prevalent throughout addiction recovery.
Starting Your Own Rituals
Having routines and rituals at home can also be a great way to further each person’s spiritual healing. For some, these rituals can take the form of saying a prayer before bed. However, others can simply find peace in meditation after lunch, lighting a candle at night to calm oneself as the sun sets, or any other simple and consistent practice that helps a person process the stresses of the day and connect to their own thoughts, bodies, and needs.
Engaging in an array of mindfulness practices can also be the beginning of effective and consistent rituals that can be used to further spiritual healing for those overcoming the effects of substance use disorder or navigating urges, cravings, or the continued effects of mental health disorders. The professionals available at The Redpoint Center can help to scaffold these practices through Boulder County IOP treatment, amending each journey to ensure they can be used both at the facility and at home.
Spiritual healing is a necessary part of a new, sober lifestyle, and we at The Redpoint Center are committed to helping you explore your own spiritual needs and best practices while empowering you to continue tending to these needs at home. Our comprehensive approach to outpatient treatment allows us to support your continued growth and healing in sobriety during our programs all while instilling the skills, perspectives, and strategies necessary to maintain sobriety in daily life. From personalizing your treatment program with spiritual healing to introducing you to a community of peers and professionals exploring their own spirituality, we can help you today. For more information on how we can support your sober change, call us today at (303) 710-8496.