Yet for those of us in recovery, this can also be a difficult season fraught with triggers, painful memories, feeling disconnected, and flawed. In the midst of it all, there are opportunities to lean solidly into our spirituality and discover new understandings of ourselves and of the season.
This season of holidays originated as “holy” days set apart to commemorate and celebrate very special events. The stories and traditions surrounding these events are packed with spiritual meaning and recovery messages.
Hanukkah reminds us that we can endure and that there can be victory in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. In the deepest places of despair, our needs can be met with surprising abundance by a Power greater than ourselves.
At Winter Solstice we can choose to enter into the longest, darkest night and, in the midst of our fear, discover hope in the eternally faithful return of the light at dawn.
On Christmas Eve we can reflect on the joy of discovering that Love can and does appear in the lowliest and most unexpected places.
In a playful spirit, we can rejoice with the creative imagination of Dr. Seuss as he reminds us that even the “grinchiest” of bah-humbuggers can be transformed by child-like wonder and gratitude in the face of bitter disappointment.
In recovery, we set each day apart, one day at a time, to commemorate and celebrate the very special event of freedom from our addictions. Every day in recovery can be celebrated as a holy day and an opportunity to share the message of experience, strength, and hope.
In this season of celebration, consider the awe and wonder a poor shepherd, cold and alone in the desert, when a bright light illuminates the darkness and an angel sings out, “Fear not. I want to give you a message of great hope and joy. Glad tidings!”
Consider the awe and wonder of a broken, desperate, hurting individual sitting in the back row of their first 12-step meeting when an angel disguised as a simple human being opens a big, blue book and begins to read, “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path…” Glad tidings! ‘Tis cause for celebration!
We offer spiritual care services for our patients. The number of individuals requesting spiritual care clearly reflects a recognition and deep need for discovering, exploring, and strengthening spirituality as a foundational aspect of recovery. Chaplain/Spiritual Care provider, Lynn Litschke provides ongoing grief and bereavement education as well as support for our seniors' group, SAGE. “Being witness to the individual struggles, questions, and surrenders is deeply humbling,” says Lynn. “I am completely addicted to the miracle of watching the light come back into eyes and hope begins to grow.” Let us know if you would like to receive spiritual care services this season.