Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

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“Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”

Isaiah 58:6

When you are first beginning to detox and climb the hill to recovery, it is important to feed your body clean, nourishing foods. After all, you may have deprived yourself of healthy foods for weeks, months, or years while you were addicted to drugs or alcohol. At some point, though, God may call you to enter into fasting.

What Is Fasting?

When accompanied by scriptural study and intensive prayer, fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline. Since addiction has a spiritual component, you need spiritual healing during recovery. Think of fasting as an opportunity to welcome the Holy Spirit and refuse to feed the desires of the flesh. There are many reasons why people decide to fast, including:

  • Physical healing. Your body needs healing after you have detoxed. In many cases, people suffering from addiction have neglected healthy eating. During your fast, your body gets a break from toxic substances (drugs and alcohol) and other potentially unhealthy options like sugar, caffeine, and empty carbs.
  • Improved focus. After quieting their lives and removing the distraction of substances or food, many people report an undoubted increase in mental and spiritual clarity. When you are prayerfully committed to fasting, the Lord will meet you there and help you keep your focus on him and his plans for you.
  • Improved productivity. Obviously you would not want to skip meals for the long term, because your recovering body needs healthy sustenance. However, the time you liberate during fasting for a day or more can be productively used to achieve your emotional, physical, and spiritual goals. When you no longer have to worry about shopping for, preparing, or cleaning up meals, you open up time and space in an otherwise busy schedule.
  • Brain health. There are many studies that show the benefits of fasting on the brain. Fasting leads to a process called “autophagy,” which is the process by which cells remove waste and potential disease-causing molecules from your system. Fasting also leads to neurogenesis: the production of new brain cells.

Fasting & Prayer at a Christian Rehab Network Facility

If you feel called to fast during addiction recovery, accredited addiction specialists at your Christ-based recovery facility can help. Helping you choose the goal and length of your fast, our network of team members will walk alongside you as you experience healing for mind, body, and spirit. For more information about fasting as a complementary addiction recovery therapy, discuss the discipline with your counselor or pastor. When you feel led to pursue a sober life, reach our team at 877.310.9545 or submit a confidential online inquiry. A staff member will guide you through our free Christian-based rehab consulting process.

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