SPIRITUALITY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Experts indicate people with current substance-abuse problems (chemical dependency, drug abuse, including alcoholism, and so on) tend to have lower levels of spiritual wellness, characterized by a lack of a sense of meaning or Higher Purpose in life.

The Gurbani repeatedly indicates we humans are essentially but spiritual beings. Baabaa Nanak says:

  • ਇਉ ਕਹੈ ਨਾਨਕੁ ਮਨ ਤੂੰ ਜੋਤਿ ਸਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਅਪਣਾ ਮੂਲੁ ਪਛਾਣੁ ॥੫॥: Iou kahai Nanaku man toon joti saroopu hai apanaa moolu pashaanu ||5|| (sggs 441).

The implication is this: if due to the lack of spiritual wellness people tend to have current substance-problem, then – as indicated by the gurbani that we humans are spiritual beings – higher spirituality awareness can also contribute to the recovery process! Because the spiritual fitness is associated with increased coping skills.

Not only that, spiritual fitness keeps us from becoming a substance abuser in the first place!

Spirituality is an antidote to negativity, and evil inclinations (Bikaars) such as, lust, anger, greed, attachments, etc. As a result, a spiritual person is a fearless, an independent thinker who is not controlled by peer pressure. He has more self-control, social competence and positivism. He exhibits greater optimism in life, greater Joy in life, greater fulfilment in life, greater capacity for love and altruism in life; thus greater resilience to stress, worries, anxiety, etc.

All these good qualities of a spiritual person keeps him away from substance abuse in the first place.

The Gurbani times and again urges us to re-discover our spiritual status (Joti-Svaroopa), and become the spiritual beings (the Gurmukhs).

SPIRITUALITY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE was last modified: April 17th, 2013 by T. Singh
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