Religion And Spirituality, Or Lack Thereof Essay

1003 Words Jul 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Religion and spirituality, or lack thereof, can have a profound impact on a client’s views towards the world, healing, and counseling itself. Vieten et. al (2016) stated that, “spirituality and religion substantially color the way people understand themselves and the world around them,” (p. 93). As counselors, it is important to understand the role that religion and spirituality can have for our clients within the therapeutic relationship. As a future addictions counselor, spirituality is a huge part of recovery process for addicted individuals, oftentimes spurring huge changes in one’s outlook on spirituality within their own lives. My own personal recovery journey showed me the enormous disconnect I had in my understanding of what I saw as religion and what I have learned to be spirituality. Growing up in an atheist home, I searched for reasoning and facts to explain everything. I was conductor of my life and I did not believe in anything but myself. Through the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), I learned what a higher power was, and it didn’t have to be my juvenile idea of “God”. Through the program of AA, I committed to Step 3, which states, “We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him,” (p. 59). By making this decision and embracing a higher power of my own understanding, I was able to learn spiritual principles. Debra Campbell-Tunks (2014) describes these principles perfectly when she stated:
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