At MARR, we define spirituality as the ability to connect to self, others and the God of our understanding. We believe that long-term sobriety is futile without spiritual growth. And because it is our mission to bring lasting recovery to our clients, spiritual guidance is deeply rooted in our gender-specific addiction treatment.
Addiction is a disease of isolation. Alcoholics Anonymous states that self-centeredness — driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking and self-pity — is at the root of an alcoholic’s troubles. By believing in a Power greater than oneself, the addict/alcoholic shifts his or her focus from self will to God’s will.
“Willingness, honesty and open mindedness are the essentials of recovery (Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 568).” These principles provide hope to those struggling with substance use disorder. As clients get connected, they learn to live each day in harmony with themselves, their fellows and a Higher Power.
Others typically notice a transformation in the recovering addict or alcoholic long before he or she does. Oftentimes, a spiritual awakening is a gradual process and not a white-light moment. Rather than a set of rules or religious beliefs, spirituality is a way of life — the key to recovery.
Through spiritual life groups, addiction treatment and their therapeutic community, clients of MARR discover the value of serving God and others. They embrace a new way of thinking and begin to find meaning and purpose in life. Instead of seeking solace in drugs and alcohol, they find peace in their Higher Power. It is our goal to guide clients toward a path of spiritual growth and let discovery take its natural course.