Spiritual Recovery that Works
Working with others as life management counselor and coach, I am always on the search for solutions that work. Recently, I attended yet another counseling class which offered the possibility that the solution to most of life's problems lies in the spiritual realm.
Counselors participating in the 12 week course were taught how to take individuals who suffered with various life challenges and walk them through specific passages in scripture (the Bible) and to meditate on how those words might speak to their situation.
As an experiment, I decided that I would take this information, process it along with the class and apply it to my own life along the course. An amazing thing happened, I found myself finding peace and joy in the midst of my own struggles!
Each morning as I took time to be still, reflect, read and then think about Biblical truths, my thinking began to be more structured. I found the daily discipline of reading just one chapter of the New Testament, (although I most often found myself wanting to read on), began to order my thoughts in a healthier direction.
I lost the urge to resist things that were happening throughout my day. I felt love for other people, even the most difficult ones in my life. I wanted them to have the solution I had found and envisioned them in that state of peace, acting normally and civilly to others.
Then another interesting thing happened in the class on Substance Abuse, the instructor informed us about a website called "Setting the Captives Free" (settingthecaptivesfree.com). I jotted down the information and decided to consider it as an additional aid to pass along to those I counsel.
When I viewed the site, I was surprised to see how well organized it was, and how many countries had embraced the program. The site encompassed virtually every type of addiction I was aware of. There were individual on-line courses that were not only free, they were available 24 hours a day according to the need of the students.
Mentors were available and accountability emails could be sent to sponsors to monitor progress as each lesson was completed. There were stories for the doubters and skeptics about how it all works. Any of the courses could be selected which is critical, since freedom from one addiction often folds over into another.
Addiction is a life management disease, not merely a substance abuse problem. Many, including myself, are fearful travelers through life, and things become overwhelming fairly often. It really doesn't matter what the reason is for finding ourselves in the place of not handling life well. There are choices, some choose medication to ease reality, which in the end doesn't help because there will be a day when you are without and then what?
What matters is finding the solution, something greater than ourselves to live for, a purpose, and a plan to live rather than just survive. So many people wonder why they find themselves unfulfilled after a lifetime of achievements and accolades, money and fame.
Those things were not made to satisfy our souls, they are merely what we do to occupy ourselves while we are trying find our true direction. Our true destination is not any of those things, it is heaven. A place of rest, a place of peace, no suffering death or pain.
When use quick fixes, we are convinced that for a moment we can feel the absence of turmoil. It doesn't last long, so we do it again, with more, and that doesn't work either. When one thing doesn't work, we choose another. The real addiction is to relief at any cost.
Only God can offer the way out, and through using scripture and with the help of Setting the Captives Free we can find it more easily. When your soul is healed, you want to share it with others. You know them, they are everywhere, you can see it on their faces. It is that lifeless, meandering look. The one that studies joyful, happy people and hates them for appearing so.
Granted, for some, recovery is harder than others, particularly when they believe it so. I am grateful for the community that offers hope without cost, to huting people. I abhor the drug industry that does little to help while putting billions of dollars into their greedy hands at the expense of trusting people begging for solutions.
There is a way out, but only if we pass it on. We have to find it within ourselves to do so, no matter how messy or difficult it can be. We grow from every life experience, and we find more growth when that is extended to the suffering masses.
Find someone to encourage today and take the time to care. For those in recovery it is the key to success!
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