Fifty or sixty years ago, when someone needed help with addiction, friends and family may have sent them to a religious-based program. And the hopes was that through finding a closer relationship with God, the addiction would eventually come to an end. Although religion continues to be a common path of recovery for thousands of men and women, today there is not just one road to recovery, there are several. This article will explore the different paths that people may take to find their sobriety and stay strong in it.
Over the past few decades, there has been a great number of studies on addiction and recovery. And in this effort to understand recovery better, experts studied the many paths people may take in order to recover. Some men and women have found a single approach, such as religion and spirituality, while others have used a combination of approaches to get sober.
Below is a list of paths that are common to men and women working towards sobriety:
Religion or Spirituality
There are many programs through various churches and religious organizations that people use to get sober. They may have already been a part of a certain religious organization prior to getting addicted to drugs or alcohol. Because of the familiarity and comfort of their religious path, they choose to recover through this path.
Essentially, this path could be categorized above, under Religion and Spirituality because the 12-step model invites a person to develop a relationship with a higher power. However, there are many participants of the 12-step path that aren’t religious in other ways and this is a path of recovery many people take.
In addition to the 12-step model, there are other recovery organizations that have purposely left the religion out of recovery, such as Secular Organization for Sobriety or S.O.S.
Some recovering addicts might turn to alternative modalities in order to heal from addiction. These may include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and hypnosis.
Just as someone might find comfort in their religious community, others may find comfort in a cultural-based group, such as White Bison for Native Americans.
There are many men and women who in recovery and who use a combination of paths. For instance, they may rely upon their church for some recovery support while attending a 12-step group and also taking yoga and meditation classes in their community.
In rare cases, some people are able to recover from addiction on their own. However, it should be noted that these individuals may have a strong network of support, they may not have a genetic predisposition toward addiction, and they may not have a long history of addiction. Typically, addiction is hard to overcome and requires professional help. Yet, there are people who can recover on their own without relapse.
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. There may be other paths of recovery not listed here. However, for someone new to recovery, this list might be useful in finding a path that’s right for them.