One of our most important philosophies here at Olympia House is our steadfast practice in holistic solutions. We understand that your spiritual, psychological, physical, emotional, and physiological needs all fit into a reinforcing program that helps you stay in recovery once you leave our alcohol and drug addiction rehab facility. We also take an evidence-based perspective that a lasting treatment is one that emphasizes a connection between the person and their role in the greater world.
Where religion is a set of rituals centering around a clear object of worship, spirituality differs from religion as a sense of interconnectedness in which there is no “right” way to interact with. Spirituality centers around the idea that we are whole beings, and that every behavior we engage in has a meaningful effect on our world. As part of our commitment to diversity, we believe that this idea can coexist with your religion or lack of one.
We understand that spirituality has played a role in your experience with addiction in ways that affect your past, grow your present, and reveal your future.
The Past: Loneliness, Depression, and Addiction
We know the powerful and heavy influence the stigma of addiction can have on recovery. When attempting to get help without destroying social ties, a cycle of shame and isolation can result. Nobody wants to feel lonely, physically sick, or on edge. Being in this situation for a long period of time can result in depression. Depression has been described as a black hole that steals your sense of future. Without hope and surrounded in thoughts painted by this painful disease, those with addiction often find meaning only in getting their next fix. They may lose faith in the ability of the world to heal itself, the ability of those around them to be worthy of trust, and most tragically their own ability to be resilient. They may have been in the cycle of addiction for such a long period of time that the true self which exists beyond addiction has been almost forgotten by the addicted self.
As part of our evidence-based approach, we emphasize that the three components of spirituality﹘belief in a higher power, prayer, and finding meaning in times of hardship﹘are proven to lower the chances of depression in a clinical setting.
The Present: The Social Sphere, Spirituality, and Addiction
One of the most important aspects of spirituality that comes in to play with the challenge of overcoming addiction is the concept of surrender. Many mental health practitioners emphasize that those with a substance abuse disorder must want to get help for themselves. They have to understand how the pain they suffer is affecting them first and foremost and keeping them from an inspiring life enjoyed by their truest self. Realizing that recovery is about them, as well as realizing that they deserve good things, can be viewed as a spiritual experience because the process shifts the center of focus from reactive states to answering to themselves as a whole being that exists with a clear past, present, and future. The addiction sufferer can then realize their power to rewrite their past, to put changes into motion in the present, and to reach out and begin to grab their future. This can be an incredibly powerful realization.
The Future: Logotherapy, Meaning, and Addiction
Finally, sustaining recovery also is supported by a long-term link made to the world. If a cycle of getting a substance and abusing is what makes up the painful world of addiction, spirituality takes parts of this idea and makes it much more powerful. The cycle of addiction is based on scarcity and fear, where the main feeling is that there is never quite enough of anything—substance, love, or hope. In opposition, the cycle of spirituality is based on abundance and shows that many healthy actions can give back many times what was put into them. Therapies such as CBT and DBT help restructure our thoughts to reflect this sense of abundance.
Similarly, we always have a choice to view anything that happens in the world as disconnected and going nowhere in particular, or connected and toward the greatest good. Therapies such as a logotherapy, which are employed in trauma group therapy, take difficult events and frame them in a way where they actually hid a powerful element necessary for growth.
Logotherapy comes from the Greek word logos, which means reason or judgment. Logotherapy emphasizes how everything happens in a way that can be reasonably explained. This sense of meaning that logotherapy provides, allows people to not only make sense of their experience but embrace every part of it, leading to an end of the cycle of shame.
Finally, we emphasize a sense of purpose. We believe that your experience with addiction can become a story that saves someone else’s life once you recover. We understand the importance of a job that fits your talents, needs, and hopes. We know this can help erase feelings those with addiction often harbor of being bad, selfish, or worthless. We also believe in the power of sharing your story.