Does Spirituality Affect a Teen's Mental Health?
Religion versus SpiritualityMany people see religious practices as being spiritual and many others are devoted to their spirituality in a way that they might call religious. Still, there is a marked difference between religion and spirituality. Spirituality does not have to have a specific denomination or faith associated with it. People can be spiritual just by having certain beliefs about the world. Religion, on the other hand, follows specific texts and doctrines, with special practices and devotion.
Bringing Spirituality into a Teen's LifeTeens who go to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction will be introduced to 12-step philosophy, based on the original 12-step program created by the founding members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Called a ‘spiritual program' the 12 steps are designed to help the person taking them have a ‘spiritual experience'. In the second appendice of The Big Book, the authors explain that the spiritual experience they speak of in the book are a matter of transformation. The authors explain that having a spiritual awakening means that a personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms. 12-step programs help teens discover a higher power, build a relationship with their higher power, and live along spiritual guidelines throughout their recovery. Many see 12-step programs as a moral compass of faith. Spirituality and the pursuit of faith, in any form, guides a teenager toward living a better, more honest life. Starting with practices like meditation, mindfulness, and prayer, your teenager can develop a rich spiritual life as well as a deep connection to faith which enriches their sobriety.
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