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Is Drug Addiction Recovery Possible Without God?

Does Drug Addiction Recovery Require God?


So here is the thing. I just wrote a post giving atheists tips for recovery. So you might be suspecting that I, in fact, don’t believe that God needs to be involved in drug addiction recovery. Well, you would be wrong. I’ve just learned not to fight with atheists. The truth is if you work the steps of drug addiction recovery you will eventually believe in God. This is my experience and the experience of countless others.

Drug Abuse Can Only Be Solved Through a Spiritual Connection

Since AA first launched it was described as a spiritual approach to alcoholism and drug addiction recovery. It has proven time and time to be effective. People seeking drug addiction recovery have seen their lives blossom to incredible heights, many higher than if they never suffered from drug abuse in the first place. Many of these people did not believe in God or were not sure about God having a part in their drug addiction recovery. The gifts of this incredible program became so tremendous that the non-believers in drug addiction recovery looked back thought, “Wow there must be a God because this is amazing”.

Recovered Drug Abusers Who Don’t Believe in God Have an Ego Problem

Once your life has flipped turned upside down and is so amazing you are screaming from the roof tops, you will believe there is a God. If you don’t you are lying to yourself or you have the biggest ego on the planet and you need further help. Your drug addiction recovery program has produced the happiness you never dreamed you could find but you are such a control freak that you can’t admit maybe just maybe God had something to do with it? Your drug abuse was killing you and your family and today you have your own business, a wife a family and tons of money, but you really, really don’t think there is a God? At this point the non-believers are simply saying God had nothing to do with my drug addiction recovery, just to maintain their “Image”. If we could look inside their brain we would find God.

All Drug Addicts believe in God, They Just Don’t Know It Yet.

I believe that God has a plan for all of us and I did not believe this until I found the 12 steps of a drug addiction recovery program. His plan involves taking the drug abuse folks, taking the alcoholic peeps and using them to help others with their example. He uses us in this way whether we believe in him or not. So the non-believers actually do believe, they just don’t know it yet. But over time if they continue to work a program of drug addiction recovery God will seep in and eventually turn them on to him. They may never admit it or maybe they will. One chronic drug abuser named Jim T believed in Aliens, not god. Then one day after finally enough fantastic things occurred he finally agreed that God is real. So the answer after a long tirade is no, you don’t have to believe in God for drug addiction recovery to be possible, because he believes in you.

How to Come Back from a Relapse in 5 Easy Steps

Coming Back From a Relapse

You will likely hear many people in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous say things like, “Relapse is not a prerequisite to recovery”, and, “Relapse is never necessary.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that it never happens. In fact, it happens quite frequently. It has been estimated that upwards of 60 percent of drug addicts and alcoholics will relapse into old behaviors after receiving prolonged, professional treatment. In most cases, this relapse is a direct result of a failure to continue with long-term aftercare.

Steps to Take When Coming Back from a Relapse

It is important to recognize that a relapse back into drinking or using does not mean that treatment has failed. It does not mean that the individual in question is incapable of getting sober and maintaining sobriety, either. It simply means that some alteration must be made – that the individual must take an honest and searching look at the way he or she is conducting his or her life, and make necessary changes in the decided problem areas.

  • Humble yourself.

Holding onto your ego will only prevent you from bouncing back as quickly as you potentially could. If you fear what others will think of you, what others will say about you, and how others may treat you, you will only be hurting yourself in the long run. Remember that this is YOUR recovery, and shying away from jumping right back in will only affect you. Hold your head up high and inspire others with your bravery and determination.

  • Surround yourself with close, sober friends.

One of the predominant reasons as to why those who relapse stay ‘out’ for prolonged periods of time, finding it exceptionally difficult to get back to the rooms of a 12-step program, is simply because they let shame and guilt push them away from those who truly love them. Get right back into your circle of friends. Let them know what happened, and let them know you are serious about your recovery – and that you recognize you cannot do it alone.

  • Dive right back into the basics.

Back to square one. And that means a meeting every day, calling your sponsor as much as you need to (once a day often suffices, but don’t be afraid to reach out to as many sober supports as necessary), starting your stepwork over, and opening your ears wider than they have ever opened before. Do what you need to do to get back on track – save your own butt!

  • Pick up as many service commitments as possible.

Go to as many meetings as you can and pick up as many service commitments as you can possibly muster. Chair meetings (one or two a week), greet newcomers at the door, and pick up cigarette butts and empty Red Bull cans once the meeting has ended. Do service outside of meetings as well – volunteer at outside organizations, give newcomers rides to the grocery store – do everything you can to stay involved and get outside of yourself.

  • Bolster your relationship with God.

Spirituality is often the vital component that those who relapse are missing. Pray and meditate on a daily basis. Explore new ways to foster a relationship with your higher power.

Relapse is certainly never a necessity, but it does certainly happen to the best of us. It is difficult to get things right the first time, and when we do it is an immense and beautiful blessing. And it is possible – it is possible no matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter how far down the scale you have gone!

Treatment centers in Florida such as ours will certainly help you to set a solid foundation for lasting sobriety, but true recovery comes when you whole-heartedly commit to a long-term program of continuous aftercare. Lighthouse Recovery Institute is always available to provide support and point you in the right direction – simply give one of our trained representatives a call today at 1-866-308-2090. 

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