“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me” (Psalm 120:1).
Prayer is a powerful recovery tool and a study-proven way to protect your emotional health. In fact, making time to talk regularly with God is one way to relieve some of the anxieties you may be feeling as you embark on your new spiritual, sober life.
Pray is derived from the Latin word precarius, which means “to obtain by entreaty or begging.” However, for people in Christian rehab, praying is about so much more than asking for things. Prayer helps you feel God’s presence; relieves you of the burden of control; and makes it easier to be thankful and stay focused on your sobriety.
According to a study in the Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome, praying often can even help prevent recovering substance abusers from using again. Similarly, an NYU Langone Medical Center study found that people who recited AA prayers after viewing images related to alcohol consumption cited fewer alcohol cravings than peers who just read a newspaper.
In addition, prayer has host of mental benefits, including stronger emotional health, decreased anxiety and depression, improved learning and memory, and increased happiness and emotional stability.
More Reasons Praying Helps
Here are more ways in which a regular spiritual practice that includes prayer may improve or protect your emotional health.
• Prayer helps slow breathing and brain activity and reduces heart rate and blood pressure. The result: A new sense of calm and relaxation.
• Prayer lowers stress hormones and creates positive psychological responses. Just think about how you feel when you pray – perhaps peaceful or joyful? These emotions translate to the rest of the body.
• Prayer makes you happier. Individuals with major depressive disorder, who practice religion daily, are more optimistic than their non-religious peers, according to a study in Depression and Anxiety.
Come Pray With Christian Rehab Network
To begin seeking sobriety support through prayer and Christian rehab recovery, contact a counselor at Christian Rehab Network today. Our facilities are devoted to the pursuit of peace through Jesus Christ, offering medical detox while promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual healing for men and women struggling with chemical dependency. To learn more, call: 877-310-9545.