Pagans in Recovery
To many, the traditional 12-step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have intensely Christian undertones that make them feel uncomfortable. For those in Pagans in Recovery, the focus is on recovery but with a pagan slant – an openness toward polytheism or an understanding of the divine that extends beyond monotheism.
If you would like to learn more about support group options that may augment your mental health treatment, our counselors are available to speak to you 24 hours a day. Call now to learn more about your options in recovery.
How Does Spirituality Affect Recovery?
For many, spiritual growth is a huge part of recovery, but few have an active spiritual life prior to stopping the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. A great deal of exploration happens in early recovery and an investigation into ideas that may have been formed in childhood or prior to the beginning of addiction can be helpful. Because Christianity is a common religion in the United States, many people have certain feelings associated with different practices – some good, some bad – and may or may not feel comfortable incorporating certain Christian ideas into their lives after addiction.
Still others began practicing paganism prior to their recovery and feel more comfortable supporting and being supported by a group of people with a likeminded understanding of the world and divinity. For them, Pagans in Recovery is a safe place to begin their new life without drug or alcohol dependence.
The notion of the spiral is important to many pagans; the “Recovery Spiral” is Pagans in Recovery’s answer to the Big Book, the main piece of literature defining the principles and experience of those in recovery in traditional 12-step groups. This version of the steps is written with a sensitivity to the fact that the reader may have an understanding of the divine that is broad and personal.
Starting a Pagans in Recovery Meeting
There are so many different views and definitions of paganism that it is often difficult to find a unified group in some areas. Pagans in Recovery meetings are even fewer and farther between. For many, this is part of the draw. There is a certain freedom in being able to define your own religious views without the pressure of a group. But when you need support during recovery, it often helps to have face-to-face meetings and the support of others who are going through the same things that you are. Starting your own Pagans in Recovery meeting can help you maintain your religious integrity and find others who share your opinions. It’s easy to do and by listing the meeting time and place online, you can attract the attention of others who are looking for the same thing.
There are a number of chat room meetings, forums, and email support for those who cannot find a Pagans in Recovery meeting close to them. This can be ideal for those who may not feel comfortable sharing their religious beliefs with others or who prefer the anonymity that Internet interactions provide.
Will You Benefit From Pagans in Recovery Meetings?
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