This is one that is not going to appeal to all those in recovery, but many former addicts have found great strength and meaning in their lives by exploring ideas found in different spiritual paths.

For example, Noah Levine was a hard drug user from a very young age and found himself incarcerated and put on suicide watch in a jail on multiple charges of drug possession, acts of vandalism, and assaults.

But it was while he was in prison did he learn Buddhist meditation from his father. On his release, he eventually became a practising Buddhist because he found the Buddhist path to work very well in a substance abuse recovery setting. He has now written two books on the subject and works with young offenders in prisons and schools across the US.

Another high-profile former addict – the British Comedian and actor Russell Brand – found refuge in Hinduism. He practises yoga, is a dedicated vegetarian and he – like Noah Levine – now helps other addicts in recovery.

Others may find that the “surrendering to a higher power” found in Narcotics Anonymous and Alcohol Anonymous a very powerful tool in maintaining sobriety. However, many find this concept a little too preachy and are put off by it.

Of course, it’s also quite possible that a former addict may have been spiritual or religious in the past before their addiction took over. In this case it might be a great idea for him or her to reconnect with it, or perhaps explore different paths.

However, those in recovery need to be cautious to not get involved with any unscrupulous teachers who are not genuine practitioners and are just cashing in on vulnerable people, and people in recovery can be very vulnerable.

In these instances, it’s always wise to do a background check on the organisation and individual in question, and if you feel uncomfortable after going to one of their sessions, don’t hesitate to find someone else. Because unfortunately these pseudo-spiritual gurus do prey on people in recovery because they know they are potentially quite vulnerable.

In conclusion, exploring new (or old) spiritual ideas can be a great source of strength for many in recovery, especially in paths that teach meditation and yoga which has numerous mental health and physical benefits, but it naturally isn’t for everyone.


Love & Compassion
Oliver G.

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