The Importance of the Spiritual Shift in the Recovery Process
Alcohol and drug addiction treatment services in Pennsylvania
One of the guiding principles of the 12-Step Model is the “spiritual shift:” a deeply personal, internal paradigm shift that occurs when an addict shifts from putting himself before others. It is, without a doubt, the greatest mitigating factor in an individual’s long-term recovery. Without the shift, one can never truly know one’s self, or others, in a meaningful and loving way.
Here at Little Creek Lodge, we help young men in recovery find their paths to this spiritual shift. Our residents are empowered to make good decisions, to be vulnerable, and to open themselves up to a world where they have value: both to themselves and to others. Here, we work on the mind, body and soul, and help our residents take the next crucial steps to their recovery.
Understanding what “surrender” truly is
People often think “surrender” is an act of weakness, of giving up. Nothing could be further from the truth. To surrender is to admit that you are who you are. So often, we hide our true selves, or attempt to become someone else, because we think that people will like us more, or love us more, or find us more interesting or “fun.”
To surrender is to accept that each of us is unique, and worthy of love, in our own ways. When a person lets go of all the outside forces pushing in on him, and accepts that he is who he is – flaws, rough edges and all – only then can he start to build honest relationships with others.
Why the spiritual shift is critical to the recovery process
When an addict surrenders to this new understanding of himself, the spiritual shift occurs. Instead of being defensive about his actions, and ashamed and afraid of who he is, he is empowered to laugh, to cry, and to have hope. Many addicts suffer with depression, either as a root cause of why they started using drugs or alcohol, or as a result of the despondency that addiction causes. When they acknowledge their actions and their own sense of self, they see a light at the end of the tunnel, perhaps for the first time in their lives. They can see a path ahead, and a way to make it down that path.
In the end, the spiritual shift – the switch from “I” to “We” – is what puts an addict in control of his own recovery and future. It emboldens him to be himself. It allows him to admit when he is wrong, apologize for what he has done, and not feel as though he must apologize for who he is. This, in turn, allows the addict to build honest, healthy relationships built on mutual trust and respect, and to learn how to love others, and to be loved by them in return.
Discover who you really are, and your value in this world
At Little Creek Lodge in Pennsylvania, we believe the addiction treatment process should be about growth and discovery. Our residential program allows young men to learn who they are, in a safe and sober environment. Please call 877-689-2644, or fill out our contact form, to learn more about our services.