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Rehab in NJ | What Is a God of My Own Understanding?

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 15, 2018
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During rehab in NJ, many find comfort in religion. However, even if you are not religious, recovery groups typically encourage you to find what is known as a “God of your own understanding.” At first mention, this can seem confusing. What it comes down to is religion versus spirituality.

What is the Difference Between Religion and Spirituality in Recovery?

Religion can be loosely defined as the belief in and the worship of a more than human controlling power. For Christians, this omnipotent power is Jesus Christ, for Buddhists it is Buddha, and for Jehovah’s Witnesses, it’s Jehovah. On the other hand, spirituality is defined as “the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.”

While religion and spirituality are very different, both are still very powerful tools for overcoming addiction. One way the two come together in recovery is the naming of your God.

How Can I Name a God of My Own Understanding?

How can my spirituality effect recovery during rehab in NJ?

Although you may not be religious, you can still name the God of your own understanding. All of the religions mentioned above believe in and worship their God, which they have given a name – Jesus, Buddha, and Jehovah. However, if you are spiritual, your God can be some other power stronger than yourself.

The naming of your God in recovery is very much concerned with the human spirit. Before, your addiction was a power stronger than you. Think about what now gives you strength over your addiction and to live every day better than the last. Once you find out the source of your strength and what feeds your spirit, you can name it. That is the God of your own understanding.

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Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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