How Addiction Disrupts Your Spiritual Growth

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How Addiction Disrupts Your Spiritual Growth

Whether you know it or not, you have been on a spiritual journey your whole life. Throughout the years, you are growing physically, mentally, emotionally and—even if you’re not religious—spiritually. Each of us has a spirit that has evolved in various ways as we come of age and experience some type of inner spiritual development—it’s just a matter of tuning into it.

A Dark Tunnel


When you start abusing alcohol or drugs in order to cope with life or inner pain, you may think that you’re entering a tunnel that leads to a place where your problems do not exist anymore. However, you’ll soon realize that you either end up back where you started or utterly lost in the dark.

Though addiction may make you feel safe in the moment, it coaxes you with a myriad of lies. Instead of growing and being free, addiction actually keeps you small and suffering, ultimately stunting your spiritual growth. By giving all of your power to a substance or type of behavior, you are cutting yourself off from a connection to a Higher Power. Instead of relying on something spiritual to get you through obstacles or inner pain, you’re relying on a substance or behavior that can actually destroy you.

Walking Towards the Light

Many who have pulled themselves out of addiction by traveling down a spiritual path say the time they started abusing vices was when their light started growing dim. The drink or drug may have filled them up for a while but the void inside, as many of them proclaim, was only truly satisfied when they found their Higher Power. This source of spiritual strength is different for everyone.

In order to experience inner peace and continue to grow spiritually, you have to realize that addiction will never provide the quick fix. The only way of escaping life’s problems is by facing them head on, which may be rehab, counseling or 12-Step meetings for you.

When you grow spiritually, you shine as brightly as you can and let go of people, things and places in life that do not serve you. You get to ask deeper questions in life and believe that no matter what is thrown your way, a power greater than your own will make sure you find light at the end of it all.
 
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I do abuse alcohol but I don't think I'm addicted. But it's like you say, it seems like a good idea at the time and I use it as an emotional crutch.
There's no experience quite like it for me and having OCD makes it better as it's the only time I'm relaxed, not in control and don't care.
I went for a whole year without it last year, though, so I can do it in the right circumstances. I've started again since living on my own, though. When I get bored or sometimes when upset I'll drink.

I tried going to the gym when I tend to drink at weekends but it was shut. So I need to find a way of dealing with it that is healthy.

Thank you for the post.
 
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I couldn't agree more, when i was quitting smoking a higher self came through me, although i still struggle to give up the fags, i've stayed of alcohol for 4 months now. Thanks cpu for your compassionate and true post.
 
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Addiction takes many insidious forms so folk who don't drink or smoke should think hard before claiming they are not Addicted.

One can form addiction to anything. Some would say Religious fervor is an addiction. Some would say Extremely Close Family Relationships are an Addiction.

Be careful what you preach. Precious few of us are free from Compulsive Behaviours of some type.
 
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Yeah, whatever you use as an emotional crutch could be seen as something you could become addicted to. I'm addicted to the MHF right now.
 
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Yeah, whatever you use as an emotional crutch could be seen as something you could become addicted to. I'm addicted to the MHF right now.
precisely

some folk are addicted to eating lint

others can buy their Addiction legally at corner shop

Only a few of us Addicts are actually honest about it and wat do we get in return

Judgement and derision from folk who probably cant get through a day witout eating their own toe jam :confused:

nothng personal OP im sure you aren't addicted to anything at all
 

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