Is your faith important in your recovery?
A question we hear occasionally at Centered Recovery is this: “Will the Centered Recovery program go against my religion or make me feel uncomfortable?”
We totally understand this question. For many people, religion and faith are a huge part of their lives, something sacred. When researching recovery programs, it can be daunting to try to choose one out of so many available possibilities, and when a program is unfamiliar to you, naturally you will have questions.
Centered Recovery is religion neutral
This means we are not faith based so people of all faiths are welcome to attend and thrive in our program. Our curriculum should not impede or go against your faith, in fact, many clients report feeling stronger in their respective faiths after completing our program. How is this possible? The base of the Centered Recovery program we deliver in the metro Atlanta area is mindfulness, which is intentional awareness of the present moment. Understanding this allows us to slow down, notice what we’re feeling, notice what we’re thinking, and any emotions or thoughts that may arise. Many religions incorporate “mindfulness” into their services through prayer, meditation, moments of reflection, or moments with your spiritual leader as a way to connect to yourself and your spirituality.
Mindfulness equals peace
Think about the “peace that passes all understanding” and the “steadfast mind” mentioned in the Christian bible—this is what we help open up in every day life. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and most other religions also teach some sort of inner peace, connection with a higher power(s) and being one with nature and others.
This feeling of peace and being centered, allows our clients to move towards better emotional, spiritual, and physical health. It has been studied for thousands of years in every corner of the planet, taught by philosophers, warrior leaders, and sports coaches alike. Now, with cutting edge scientific research, this same understanding is increasingly being used in the mental health and recovery fields where it is consistently making a difference in the lives of people struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
If you have any questions about our program, give us a call at 800-556-2966 to find out more.