Perhaps they seem in conflict with providing competent medical care. But I am am reasonably certain that if you make such a list, and work toward eliminating the beliefs and habits you put in your list, then you will have a better outcome than I did during my first attempt at sobriety. This has allowed me to give people a lot more compassion with regards to their behaviour. It when the spiritual malady is overcome doesn’t mean their behaviour is acceptable & I should stand there & take their abuse but I can now look at it from an entirely different angle & those resentments / anger subside once I pray to my higher power. And according to research, that relief someone feels when they have forgiven and moved on, is physical too. To seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness.

when the spiritual malady is overcome

He is just one part of the Big Book & he probably didn’t give the spiritual sickness a second thought, He just knew of the mental & physical components that distinguished alcoholics from other types of drinkers. These health benefits of forgiveness are just one more reason why forgiveness is essential, especially for anyone in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Step 1 in the AA programme is “ We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable”. It is emotionally healthy to surrender and accept things over which we have no control. It is emotionally healthy to live in the day … in the here and now. Professional therapists teach people to live in the present. AA encourages members to share their experience, strength and hope with other members. It is emotionally healthy to accept our past experiences, however painful, as past events and move on to a richer, more fulfilling future. One of the earliest studies on AA members concluded that they were linked in commonality by two variables, emotional immaturity and grandiosity!

The Twelve Steps and spiritual awakening

Jaywalker Lodge believes wholeheartedly in the 12-Step program of recovery from alcoholism and addiction. Because it has worked to change the lives of most of us who work here. The 12-Step program and its spiritual approach practically built Jaywalker Lodge. It is the thinking behind the Twelve Steps recovery program that started in the 1930s. Now an increasing number of mental health experts are considering the fact that people with mental health and addiction issues are suffering from a “spiritual sickness”. As explained in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. , we straighten out mentally and physically. When men and women look inwardly, the spiritual component of the disease becomes apparent. This spiritual malady, or spiritual disconnection, is the driving force behind our addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Without addressing this spiritual malady, we have absolutely no hope for intrinsic change or recovery.

  • When others are able to forgive us for our mistakes and transgressions, we are set free.
  • It’s the “spiritual malady”, as manifested by my EGO (selfishness-self-centeredness), that can eventually lead me back to drinking or sometimes even suicide.
  • But such a transformation may be more accessible than it initially sounds.
  • Just an attempt to stimulate thought or discussion and provide information based on my study and experience.
  • In 12-Step programs, this too is an important part of the forgiveness and letting go of resentments process.

These are a lot of technical and practical aspects of the spiritual approach. The real heart of it comes from the most perplexing aspect of alcoholism and addiction — those who have this disease lack the power to overcome it. The 12-Steps are the most direct way that we know of to discover a power greater than ourselves. What’s more is the recovery lifestyle teaches us how to stay in constant contact with our higher power, thereby granting us access to the power we lack, but desperately need, in order to get and stay recovered. The amount of guilt and shame connected with addiction is usually significant. Therefore, self-forgiveness is one of the first and most vital steps to healing in any addiction recovery program.

A Higher Power and Our Spiritual Awakening

Similarly, those who struggle with alcohol addiction are more susceptible to developing a mental health issue. When this occurs, individuals are experiencing what experts refer to as a co-occurring disorder. It is treated through dual diagnosis, which looks to address both the physical addiction and mental health issues affecting the individual. Many of us felt that there was something wrong with us or something missing—in short, we felt different from other people. We couldn’t understand why the people surrounding us could feel happiness or contentment, so we turned to drugs and alcohol as a means of self-medicating our perceived shortcomings. From our time spent feeding our addictions, we feel that the opposite begins to happen. Rather than providing a feeling of relief, we find ourselves in a perpetual “dark night of the soul,” cut off from any sense of spiritual comfort. I want to make clear to members that these thoughts are not definitive treatise on the subjects.

However, they probably come from some confusion about what spirituality or “having a spiritual experience” means in the context of the A.A. 2) I had to realize that, had THAT SET of resentments not resulted in me feeling trapped, then sulking, then drinking, the next set probably would have. Mental health unit for adults over the age of 18 struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. There may be some things that are easier to forgive than others.

The doctors opinion emphasizes more on the physical craving part and talks about the spiritual malady part as the state of being restless irritable and discontented. Doesnt talk much about the Mental Twist/Blank spots that the alcoholic runs into just prior to the first drink. I do agree that 99.9% of human have Sober House a spiritual sickness and – IMHO – everybody could use what we learn here in the Steps of AA! I share my experience with my growth whenever I am asked to advise – even with my 12 year old Gdaughter or my husband. I do not think anyone is NORMAL lol and I seldom use the word without a little bit of sarcasm.

Eco Sober House

This item was not acted on by the Grapevine committee, since they felt they needed more direction regarding wording. However, a couple of Floor Actions at the end of the Conference did address a change to the Preamble. Thank God for the decision not to set up rules for this self-help program. In my experience, I’m sober 6 months on the 13th, I have never felt better letting God do what I have failed at. How do you prepare for life after treatment, and what kind of help do you need? Ever wonder what a chronic relapser is and how they can affect your family? If you are an alcoholic, then you know you cannot just put the plug in the jug and quit.

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