No Surprise Here


This is something the New Thought folks have been saying for years:

Spirituality increases as alcoholics recover

For decades, recovering alcoholics and those who treat them have incorporated spirituality into the recovery process — whether or not it’s religious in nature. But few research studies have documented if and how spirituality changes during recovery, nor how those changes might influence a person’s chance of succeeding in the quest for sobriety.

Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center sheds light on this phenomenon. In the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, they show that many measures of spirituality tend to increase during alcohol recovery. They also demonstrate that those who experience increases in day-to-day spiritual experiences and their sense of purpose in life are most likely to be free of heavy drinking episodes six months later.

“While people’s actual beliefs don’t seem to change during recovery, the extent they have spiritual experiences, and are open to spirituality in their lives, does change,” says lead researcher Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the U-M Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and member of UMARC.. “This effect was also independent of their participation in Alcoholics Anonymous which has a strong spiritual aspect.”

The researchers report data from 154 adults with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse who entered an outpatient treatment program.

One may also say that “recovery from alcoholism accelerates as spirituality increases.”

Though I do not consider myself to have an addictive personality, I definitely have a history of drug and alcohol use. Looking back, I understand that I was attempting to “fill the void” deep down inside — a void that, according to my current understanding, can only be truly and permanently filled through spiritual realization.

I used to say that I had better spiritual experiences sitting on a bar stool than I ever did on a church pew — but now I know that a meditation cushion beats them all.


6 thoughts on “No Surprise Here

  1. Hawk Sr. says:

    Interesting stuff. I have never attempted to measure scientifically the addictive personalities with whom I have worked over decades, but recovery from addiction certainly tends to open people to awareness of the inadequacies of dependencies to fill the spiritual void. And those who are not so dependent often have the opposite tendency: a stoic and stiff upper-lip orientation that says, “I can take care of myself on my own, thank you.”

    Happier are those who realize that life is a holistic matter in which fulness includes a spiritual presence that is a given in the universe that can be accessed freely, developed through discipline, and lived out in freedom.

  2. pistolpete says:

    A friend of my once said, “Church is for those who fear hell. Recovery is for those who’ve been there.”

  3. Recovery says:

    Here’s a website you may find useful. is a site for friends, families, and those who suffer from various addictions.

  4. adreampuppet says:

    Pimp away, Bill!

    And thanks for the link….

  5. Gariban says:

    I am not surprised with that. When the mind finds a time to breathe from the drowsiness which alcohol cause, it starts thinking and listening to the voice coming from the dephts of the heart. We have noises within ourselves as the noises we hear from outside. When we get addicted to something this addiction is tied in to a pleasure. In the quadrical system of Body-Nafs-Heart-Soul, our nafs(evil commanding spirit-self or ego) is connected to our body. Our nafs is connected to world via our body. Body has multiple systems working within. Nerval system is connected to our brain. When we enjoy something, brain releases a hormon called Dopamin5(search this please!…). This hormon is travelling through the nerve canals. When the nafs wants to enjoy more, more canals are created to feed that hormon. Because brain is getting message from the Nafs and saying “this is my base requirement, I can not live without it”. This is the noise within us coming from our Satan and Nafs. That is why we increase the dosage of what we take in, to satisfy this requirement. When it is not curbed, it reaches to a point that body can not tolerate this much intake, and we have overdose and health risk.

    Now how is this connected to satan? In this scenario, satan does not have a direct effect on soul, satan can swim within your body and it can deceive your nafs to effect the decisions you will take. Mind is a treasure given to us by Allah. Nafs and soul fights within the heart , the winner controls the mind accordingly. This is called biggest Jihad in islam. Satan decieves the nafs by offering pleasures to turn it against the orders of Allah. Satan can not directly say to our nafs “don’t worship to Allah”, because nafs says “what is in it for me? Why shall I listen to you?”. That is why satan has to offer something to pull nafs to his own side. Satan’s offering is the world(dunya), gold, money, woman and 400 trillion 10 thousand sensory attachments which are hypnotic dark illusions(with the terms of Bawa Muhaiyadeen, mercy of Allah). All of these attachments can create noises hassling him , which are the whispers of Satan. Nafs becomes like a witch who is looking at his magical syphere(world) and satan shows whatever nafs enjoys to him. Now my dear friend understand what is the orb of the wizard, who is the real wizard or witch and find your way out!…Nafs starts giggling while watching the orb and asks the orb what shall I do to have these precious things? The satan within invisible form will say to him, “drink alcohol, use drugs, do illegal sex, gamble to get more money,steal from the others to be rich, kill the people to have control over them, fight with your neighbour,don’t respect your mother and father you did not ask them to bring into this life, consume more and more food it is nice,…………,worshipping Allah is no good, why will you loose time there. Allah is banning anything you desire. In fact you are on your own in this world. There is no God at all. It is the story of the ancients. Prophets were intelligent people who wanted to dominate their public and scared them with their stories. Only you and I exist, others are our slaves.You are the best in everything.Others don’t know your worth.)

    Nafs says “OK, then tell me what to do”. There is a spell to tell your brain for each of these precious moments. Then your body will follow your commands accordingly and do the actions which we enjoy.

    “They followed what the evil ones gave out (falsely) against the power of Solomon: the blasphemers Were, not Solomon, but the evil ones, teaching men Magic, and such things as came down at babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (Such things) without saying: “We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by Allah’s permission……………..And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew! ” Al-Bakara-02/102.

    My dear friend, when the nafs can not find a moment from these hypnotic illusions and addictions a time to breathe and realise that he is not in control. He cuts his umbilical cord tying him to Total intellect(Noor ul Mim: Light of Muhammad SAW ,Truth of Muhammad SAW, first created thing from the light of God, Connection point and place of first manifestation) and ignores his soul. His soul and nafs become prisoned within this body, which is a well.

    “Said one of them: “Slay not Joseph, but if ye must do something, throw him down to the bottom of the well: he will be picked up by some caravan of travellers.” Al-Yusuf 12/11.

    Nafs turns the heart in to a battleground , defecates and urinates in to it,. He puts the mud on the shiney glass of the soul. He does not hear any of the commandments of his Lord and ignores his spiritual side completely while watching the shining sphere in a mesmerised state. He only hears the voices coming from the sphere.

    “Lead to destruction those whom thou canst among them, with thy (seductive) voice; make assaults on them with thy cavalry and thy infantry; mutually share with them wealth and children; and make promises to them.” But Satan promises them nothing but deceit.” Al-Isra 17/64.

    That is why someone going against his addictions will cut some of these noises and nafs will start coming to it’s self inshaallah(With the willing of Allah). That is why detox become useful for people who wants to be cured. But we have to accept this and understand this first and give decision to be cured. When these noises are cut, when we start purifying our nafs then wisdom starts shining and help us to go upper levels of conciousness. Nafs can go both ways. It is designed for this purpose. If we prefer the evil work it goes below, mind goes below with it as well and gets blunt. If We follow the command of God, it goes upper levels as well as mind. Mind needs to connect to Naql(divine message and knowledge of Allah). Satan-Body-Nafs-Mind-Heart (Dangerous union), this system collapses. Except for Satan, all elements within such system collapse and experience Hell. Satan is excused, it is his mission to do that. Don’t ask why, it is a long story!…

    “By the Nafs, and the proportion and order given to it;
    And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right;-
    He will indeed be successful who purifies it.
    And he will indeed fail who corrupts it.” As-Shams 91/7-10

    This is a story of us . I am cutting it short here as this is getting out of control. Allah mentioned 28 prophets and their stories in Qur’an including Adam(A.S), Abraham(A.S), Aron(A.S),Moses(A.S), Jesus(A.S), Isac(a.S), Jacob(A.S), Joseph(A.S), Jonah(A.S)…. Every prophet’s story has a connection with us within this body-nafs-heart-spirit.These stories are still happening within us. There is a Noah’s ark still within you. Moses’s staff is within you as well. But somehow some people are still acting pharoh and depending on their magicians.

    “Throw that which is in thy right hand: Quickly will it swallow up that which they have faked what they have faked is but a magician’s trick: and the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes.” Ta-Ha 20/69.

    When shall we learn to use the staff in our right hand?

    Lets get back to Dopamin 5 and addiction of Alcohol and others. Someone may say that this happiness hormon will be released for anything we desire, are we not going to live, eat, sleep, drink anything, have sex etc? So what does Allah want to do, does he want us to cut this completely?

    Well from my understanding, the answer is No!
    In islam, people can eat and drink which was made the permissible (a million thing allowed and only a few things banned!)by Allah for them. But the balance is to be protected in permissible things as well. Because extremism is no good even in permissible things, you can not even be extremist in your religion. Fasting and other duties in islam are there for struggling against the desires and finding balance between body-nafs-heart-soul in life, so that we will use them in optimum manner to get close to God and live in peace and harmony. I would advise fasting with muslims in ramadan to all concious people , even if they are not muslims.

    “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,-” Al-Bakara 2/183.

    “Imam Sadiq [a] said: that when Uthman ibn Maz’un’s wife announced to the Prophet [s] that her husband was always busy fasting and praying day and night without paying attention to his life and wife, the Prophet [s] went unto his house and found him praying. When ‘Uthman finished his prayer, the Messenger of Allah [s] said: “O’ ‘Uthman, Allah has not sent me for monkery but appointed me for a fluent, easy religion (which protects the rights of the body and soul). I fast, keep up prayers, and associate with my family. Then, he who likes my way and my creed, must follow my way of life, my Sunnah; and, verily, marriage is of my Sunnah.”

    AI-Kafi, vol. 5, p.494″

    “O ye who believe! Forbid not the good things which Allah hath made lawful for you, and transgress not, Lo! Allah loveth not transgressors.” Qur’an 05/87.

    With Peace and Love

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