Multiple studies have indicated a correlation between attending regular religious services and long-term recovery. This leads to the suggestion of a positive link between sobriety and spirituality. Spirituality in an addiction recovery program helps the participants gain better coping skills, which in turn helps them to remain sober. Many participants in Christian addiction treatment programs undergo a “spiritual awakening” during treatment, which provides them with strength to remain abstinent.
Based on the research we do believe in having a spiritual element in our treatment programs. Researchers have well established that spirituality and religious involvement play a role in reducing substance abuse. The research points to a number of other benefits which include:
• A more optimistic, hopeful outlook on life
• An increased sense of social support
• Less anxiety
• Greater resilience to stress