Addiction can be viewed as a spiritual disease, because when someone becomes addicted to anything, they disconnect from the things in their life that had real meaning and gave them purpose and direction. Using a non-religious approach, the role of spirituality in addiction is explored, along with why it is important to reclaim spiritual connections when attempting recovery. Being connected to the world in a meaningful way is an essential element of leading a healthy, vibrant life. In addiction, these connections are severed and replaced with a connection to the addiction itself. In other words, addiction, which is devoid of any intrinsic value, took the place of things that had profound meaning and value. When this happens, a person feels an emptiness inside, which they seek to fill with their addiction, but never can. In recovery, a person must quit the addiction and allow the things that truly nourish them to come back into their lives and refill the emptiness. In doing so, they feel well again, thereby eliminating the need to seek to escape their emptiness through mood-altering and addiction.
Each Course Includes
Online videos are included with every course. Some courses include more than one video.
Quizzes designed to test your understanding
Learning Objectives For This Course
At the end of this course, participants will:
- Be able to explain why spirituality is an important concept in both addiction and recovery;
- Understand the difference between spirituality and religion and that the two are not necessarily related;
- Be able to define spirituality as it relates to addiction in a way that goes beyond the concepts traditionally associated with it;
- Discuss the various ways addiction has an affect on a person spiritually;
- Be able to identify the different ways a person can regain a spiritual connection to their world in their recovery from addiction;
- Appreciate the value purpose, meaning of spiritualiy in a person’s life and recovery from addiction;
The course is pre-recorded and delivered online allowing you to start and finish according to your own schedule.
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Sample of course material
Spirituality and Recovery
The relationship between spirituality and addiction is a strong one and therefor it also features strongly in the process of recovery. In this course we will explore spirituality so as to gain insight into the subtle, but powerful, role it plays in both addiction and recovery.
The first thing that needs to be mentioned is that spirituality does not mean religion. Religion can best be described as people’s interpretation of our place in the universe or our understanding of what “God” (whatever your understanding of God is) wants for us and from us.
Spirituality is different. It is not a philosophical idea, or necessarily referring to a connection to an omnipotent being, but an integral aspect of who we are. Whether or not we believe in the concept of God is irrelevant because spirituality is much broader. Regardless of what we believe, we are all spiritual beings as much as we are physical ones. A simple definition will help explain this idea more clearly.
Spirituality is a connection to something greater than ourselves that gives comfort, guidance, meaning or purpose to our lives.
This means whenever we feel connected to something greater than ourselves, whether that be to God, our community, our family, or a set of values, we have a spiritual connection to the world around us. For example, a father who places the welfare of his family before his own is leading a spiritual existence because he believes in a higher purpose: taking care of his family. As a result, the father feels he plays an important role in life and this purpose gives his life meaning. Thus, a person is said to be leading a spiritual existence whenever they are guided by a set of values or principles connecting them meaningfully to the world around them. Everyone is guided in some way by such principles or beliefs. When viewed in this context, it is easy to understand and accept spirituality is an integral and healthy part of being human, and without such a connection, our lives seem empty and devoid of meaning.