Addiction Recovery is a Personal Experience\u00a0 Addiction recovery is an intensely personal experience. The variety of addiction recovery experiences are as diverse as our personalities. However, there are common threads that most recovery journeys share. Recovery is meant to be a transformative process; it must be to be successful.\u00a0 Addiction recovery is about much more than the cessation of drug and alcohol consumption. It means challenging our ideas about the world and ourselves. Perspectives and long-held beliefs often must change.\u00a0 Enter recovery prepared for introspection and realization about yourself. Perhaps most of all, be ready for change. The truth is a person in recovery will often begin a spiritual journey before they even recognize it as such.\u00a0 Addiction Recovery and Spirituality\u00a0 Addiction recovery is transformative by nature. That makes spirituality a natural part of the conversation. Recovery from addiction and spirituality have combined to form the core of modern substance abuse recovery ever since the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.\u00a0 There are several reasons for this connection, and perhaps the first is the idea of the recovering person accepting the need for a power greater than themselves. People generally only find themselves on the threshold of recovery only after they have exhausted the avenues of relying upon willpower and self-determination to \u201cmuscle\u201d their way toward sobriety. The simple act of accepting addiction recovery as the answer requires a certain degree of willingness and faith in something outside oneself.\u00a0 The second reason is simple. It works. Anecdotal evidence of the beneficial marriage of recovery and spirituality abounds. More than that, studies have confirmed the efficacy of a spiritual solution.\u00a0 What Does Spirituality Mean?\u00a0 The term spirituality causes some apprehension among some people because, more often than not, they identify the word with organized religion or perhaps belief systems they rejected long ago. To understand the symbiotic relationship between recovery and spirituality, you may need to broaden your definition of the latter.\u00a0 It does not require adopting any organized religion or belief system you see as dogmatic. Spirituality, at its core, is simple. At its most basic, it means accepting the idea that life has meaning and purpose.\u00a0 It is about having reverence and respect for yourself and others. The paths to spirituality are many, but the destination is the same.\u00a0\u00a0 What Are the Benefits of Blending Recovery and Spirituality?\u00a0 Addiction is a chronic brain disorder. Recovery from substance use will be the biggest challenge many people face in their lives. But recovery also has the power to do so much more than help to stop a substance use disorder in its tracks.\u00a0 It transforms people\u2019s lives for the better. Many people who discover the benefits of spirituality may never have done so without their pursuit of recovery leading them down that path.\u00a0 The benefits of a lifestyle that incorporates recovery and spirituality are many. Studies show that the spiritual component notably improves the chances of long-term success in recovery. Spirituality helps build a community that provides the support and fellowship so pivotal to lasting recovery.\u00a0 Finally, spirituality gives a person a sense of purpose and meaning, which can be especially valuable to someone who has been living in despair and isolation so familiar to people living with substance use disorders.\u00a0 If you or someone you love is living with a substance use disorder and you\u2019re ready for change, The Ranch Tennessee can help. Give us a call at (888) 645-7453.