Addiction is lifted when an individual experiences mental transformation.
While twelve steps and addiction counselors encourage people to explore their high-strength beliefs to help them live healthy and offensive lives, instructions for finding a "spiritual path" beyond the Twelve-Step System that will lead to the lack of spiritual transformation .
Most of those who go shopping for a variety of religious angles never reach the transformation they hoped for, and many give up when they encounter religious dogma that continue to condemn and kill those who have "sinned."
I believe it is a talent for spiritual ways that increase the likelihood of recovery from addictive behavior. Furthermore, it requires both spiritual exercise and full commitment to practicing twelve steps to experiencing and maintaining mental transformation needed to cure addiction.
Spirituality is not the same as being a follower of a particular religion. Spiritual is better understood to be the relationship an individual has for his own existence. It is a subjective perspective that allows them to accept themselves, their history, others' behavior and the world and keep optimistic and sympathetic. It is under the cosmology that confirms that everything works for good and that every person is precious and important for the big order and design.
A lack of such an angle, of course, people feel condemnation, resentment, fear, jealousy and anger about life, events, other people and God. There is a deep sense of being a separate and misunderstood and subjective definition of self as unworthy and invisible. The pain that has occurred by someone who has this view demands relief. Escape through drugs, alcohol or behavior is a self-medication. Like other medicines, an individual becomes resistant to the dose and needs higher doses or many drugs to help ease relief.
Most religious views make judgments that the addict loses power or uses to escape his life. The priest can take a critical and damaging image of drugs in order to sham the addict and foster others to avoid this person.
Such views are contrary to spiritual transformation. They promote self hate, despair, self-study and neglect to change the addict. Withdrawal will be deeper and prolonged if they strengthen the sentence that the addict is permanently damaged product.
Spiritual, however, is further separated from court and condemnation. It takes a philosophical position that consciously creates the individual's experience. Awareness can be viewed as a context for all behaviors. It looks like circumstances that make behavior understandable and predictable and step back to explore the consciousness that led to behavior.
Awareness that defines a person as an illegal means to an individual about the effects of his actions on others. Awareness that defines the self as unworthy, broken and useless leads to despair, self-esteem and desire to forget. A consciousness that places the Higher Power at a distance, unpredictable, apologetic and judicial power leads to social isolation, emotional search, invincible boundaries and social morals.
Spiritual transformation is the fact that judgments we and others have made about life and drug use do not define the essential nature or condition of a human being. Furthermore, those judgments do not condemn drug suffering and continuing pain that they have experienced.
Instead, it is clear that Higher Power is good. It has no reviews against the addict. Like the Father in the parable of the unbelieving Son, the Divine rejoice in the Son's return with joy and without scolding or shaming or judgment. In spiritual transformation we wake up that God has always loved us and will always love us out of our ability to understand and to happen without the need to gain our love or to prove our respect. As this practice fills our consciousness, we experience the flow of love around us, with us and through us.
We have a repeated response to this. We experience significant release of anxiety, anger, unbelief and sorrow. Wild joy, wearing outdoor life that is born of addictive substance or behavior raises us. You can have a meeting for many years and try to use the tools of the Twelve Steps and believe they have done twelve steps. The proof, however, is on changes in life, perspective and self-awareness that comes with promised transformation. One has no transformation until the changes in twelve steps and traditions are permanent.
It Works If You Work It
Twelve Steps are truly a formula to bring a person to a place where spiritual transformation is possible for them. The steps require fearlessness that enables you to test yourself, restore values and behaviors that enable us to participate in full society and personal relationships and skills to cope with your own mistakes and fears. Without applying these methods, we continue on certain attitudes that continue to absorb self-absorption and "stinking thinking" that creates lies, fraud, treatment and fear of intimate relationships.
Without the steps, we keep our secrets and continue to fake the image of the world and ourselves. Incorrect identification can never be cured. It can only be broken apart so that the true self can be realized, acted out and become a full participant in relationships.
After twelve stages, using tools creates both internal and external references that support the true self and check the wrong identity.
Participation in the twelve-step system creates a social context where continuation and optimization of the fake self are displayed. As we see and listen to shared use, we see versions of our own behaviors, denials and attitudes that promote both addictive behaviors and not responding emotionally. Having a sponsor or more than one sponsor if we are widely dependent starts to create a sense of personal responsibility and integrity in relationships. For users outside the program, any excuse, whatever optimization, all lies will serve to continue addictive behavior.
When we share our own stories with the group we go through and bypass our secrets and our shame. We could have said these stories in a different context. We could have used these stories to send more intelligence or enhance our personality as fun or clever than the ones we had deceived. In the context of the plan, we recognize these behaviors as an effort to overcome significant self-esteem that created deeper despair and greater isolation.
We found this behavior a kind of insanity.
And with this we have taken the first step.
Joan McKenna, RScF