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6 Ways to Use Spiritual Psychology to Heal Addictions

Spiritual psychology can provide a missing piece to the puzzle in a treatment plan to help heal addiction. Addictions can range from drugs and alcohol to shopping and video games as well as many others. Addictions are not limited to physical things we consume, such as intoxicants, but may include virtually anything. Behavioral addiction describes an addiction with a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-intoxicant-related behavior – a natural reward – without regard to the negative impacts on the person’s physical, mental and spiritual well being.

Here are 6 ways to use Spiritual Psychology to Heal Addictions

  1. Get involved in some type of social support network or group meetings. This positive environment promotes healing mindsets and has an overall positive energy.
  2. Admit that you have an addiction, break through that denial. Take responsibility for your actions and submit to your higher power for help and strength. Pray and/or meditate for guidance and increased self-worth. Admit to yourself that YOU DESERVE HAPPINESS
  3. When you think you are gaining success, start to give back to that social support (reference #1) Become a source of inspiration, let your positive energy act as an affirmation and reinforce the strength in others.
  4. Do not loose focus on your higher power, it is easy to feel that you don’t need help anymore when you taste a small amount of success. That will trick you into a false sense of security. Continuously work on your relationship with your spirituality/religion.
  5. Ask yourself how this journey of addiction to recovery can become a spiritual blessing for you and others. Did it strengthen your empathy for others? Did it make you more grateful ? Every hardship has a purpose, every test has an objective.
  6. Identify the root cause. I will be honest, this one can be painful. Your addiction is essentially a negative coping skill. As the expression goes, face your own demons. The root cause could be a significant trauma from your past or a deep seeded feeling of inadequacy . It could also be an act of filling your spiritual void in a very negative way. Working to identify how this started and why you feel this compulsion will enable you to resist and grow stronger in your spiritual self.

Additions can be seen as an opportunities to delve deeper into your own self and spirituality, a way to understand why you feel the way you do and why you felt the need to numb that or use addictions to deal with your inner-self.

It is a difficult path to seek clarification on your addictions, but as with many things in life, the best things are not easy to obtain. If you admit your addiction, seek support, focus on your higher power, unpack your addiction in order to understand it and isolate the root causes–you can achieve your goals and uplift your spiritual self.


6 Ways to Use Spiritual Psychology to Heal Addictions

Monique Hassan

Monique Hassan is a freelance writer specializing in spiritual psychology. She has a passion for integrating spirituality within the framework of modern psychology. She also works as a patient advocate at an inpatient behavioral health facility and volunteers at interfaith workshops. She has a bachelors of science in psychology with a minor in biology and is certified in crisis prevention and intervention.

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Hassan, M. (2017). 6 Ways to Use Spiritual Psychology to Heal Addictions. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 23, 2020, from


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