Practicing Acceptance, as a Spiritual Principle of Sobriety, in Your Everyday Life
Addiction is a public health crisis in America, affecting nearly 50 million people.
Sobriety is an elusive thing for most addicts. For those on the outside, getting sober might seem so simple, but for an addict, it's a lifelong struggle. Everyone's recovery takes different turns, but there are several self-care practices every addict can use to promote healthy behavior.
Today, we'll tell you how to practice acceptance and the role of spirituality in the recovery journey. When you have strong foundations, it's harder to shake your sobriety. Keep reading and find out how to practice acceptance for your spiritual health and support your sobriety.
How to Practice Acceptance
The concept of acceptance is a wide-ranging one, but in recovery, it's one you'll come back to again and again. Acceptance is one of the first steps in the recovery journey when you accept that you've got a problem that needs addressing.
As you work through your recovery program, whether it be AA or some other method, your ability to accept your situation will drive you forward. When you finally complete your program and go out in the world as a sober person, you'll need to practice acceptance in everyday life as well.
For example, accepting impulses on a day-to-day basis can help you compartmentalize and healthily deal with your addiction. When an impulse arises, you can acknowledge it, accept it as a part of yourself, and use the tools you've gained in treatment to deal with it.
Avoiding Triggers and Embracing Healthy Behavior
Every addict understands the struggle of avoiding triggers. Triggers come in many forms - people, places, thoughts, images, etc. It might not be possible to avoid them all, so you need to be prepared when they appear.
Practicing healthy behavior, both physically and mentally, will help you deal with your triggers. The best thing you can do is to pay attention to what your triggers are, then do the mental work to learn how to manage them. In the end, these healthy behaviors will make you stronger in the face of triggers.
Spirituality and Recovery
As you may know from attending AA, spirituality and recovery go hand-in-hand. Spirituality can help you define your place as an addict in a complex world. Whether it comes through meditation practice or going to church, embracing spirituality will lead directly to the acceptance we've been discussing.
There are so many ways to get in touch with your spiritual side. Try spending more time connecting with nature and practicing mindfulness in difficult situations. Read about spirituality through the ages and practice spiritual self-care daily.
In the end, you'll be happier and more self-accepting when you embrace spiritualism. There's nothing that will help you more in your ongoing fight against addiction.
Use Your Spiritual Side to Stay Sober
Now that you know how to practice acceptance and embrace spirituality, you can learn more about yourself in recovery. Addiction brings you to your weakest moments, but with spirituality and a good support system, you can climb to greater heights than ever.
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