Note From Dr B.
Addiction is a disease of learning, memory, motivation, and choice that results in biological, social, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual alterations. In this edition of the Dream Journal, I want to focus on the spiritual aspect.
One of my favorite definitions of spirituality comes from a 2000 edition of "The Physician Executive," in an article entitled "Spirituality and the Physician Executive: Reconciling the Inner Self and the Business of Health Care." The author, Kaiser, claims that spirituality "…refers to a broad set of principles that transcend all religions. Spirituality is about the relationship between ourselves and something larger. That something can be the good of the community or the people who are served by your agency or school or with energies greater than ourselves. Spirituality means being in the right relationship with all that is. It is a stance of harmlessness toward all living beings and an understanding of their mutual interdependence." (Kaiser 2000)
According to this definition, spiritual alterations occur when one’s individualized ability to seek purpose and meaning is changed. In this sense, spirituality is not necessarily synonymous with religion; it is more strongly associated with a connection to the universe in some capacity.
The Big Book stresses surrender to a "Higher Power," which many people take to mean "God," but it actually means so much more than that; it transcends mere religion. It is nature. It is music. It is art. It is the relationship between family and friends. It is existence. It is resonance. It is love.
At Two Dreams, clients are encouraged to carve their own spiritual paths and choose their own Higher Power. The staff works with each individual to create a personalized recovery plan so that the lessons learned in treatment resonate long after discharge. Everyone expresses spirituality in his or her own way, and Two Dreams embraces that amazing piece of the human condition in order to help each client find mental peace, physical wellbeing, and personal productivity.
Kaiser, L. (2000). "Spirituality and the Physician Executive: Reconciling the Inner Self and the Business of Health Care. The Physician Executive. 26(2). March/April.