Can prayer help those who face the challenges of addiction?
Prayers are a ritualized act that has helped many individuals through rough times of despair, pain, loss and discouragement. The act of praying aims to teach an individual to focus on their wishes and desires by acknowledging the philosophy of a religious belief. But how can faith influence the way that you or a loved one cope with addiction?
Here, we review the book, “Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope”. Inside, we find successful stories of many individuals who have shown that praying can be used as a way of gaining hope and strength in the process of overcoming addiction. Choosing to believe that you can heal and reach sobriety can be a very powerful place to begin with and praying might be the practice that can lead you there.
More here on prayer in addiction recovery and this book that can help. Plus, we invite your questions and feedback in the comments section at the end. In fact, we’ll try to respond to all sincere questions personally and promptly!
The idea behind this book
As a child raised in a home with alcoholic parents, Anne Costa (now a spiritual coach, speaker and author) became interested in finding a way to protect her parents from drinking. But failing to deal with her own emotions led to problem drinking and a cyclical return to addiction. In fact, Costa became the alcoholic she wanted to heal.
Ultimately, the desire for happiness and a normal life lead her to the discovery that prayers and religion can serve as a great tool to overcome an addiction problem. In this book she wants to show how the power of prayers can help people overcome their addiction, as it did for her.
A guide to help you heal: Practical prayers all year long
“Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope” is written as a prayer guide intended for friends and families of addicted people. However, the book can be used by those who face addiction themselves as well! How?
When addicted, people go through their most desperate times. When we feel we’ve hit the rock bottom, faith and prayer can serve as a healing tool. The prayers in this book are arranged in a journey intended to last for a year. The first section of this prayer book is consisted of twelve chapters, one for each month.
The prayers in the FIRST CHAPTER are designed to help you:
- reconnect with your inner self
- find the will to accept life with an addiction problem
- take responsibility for your actions
The SECOND CHAPTER consists of prayers intended to help you release the guilt connected to addiction. The concept of this chapter follows a philosophy used in Al-Anon (AA) groups: You did’t cause it, you can’t control it, and you can’t cure it.
CHAPTER THREE prayers aim to encourage you take the initiative to make a change and transformation in your life.
CHAPTER FOUR prayers are focused on inner discovery and the importance of personal belief.
The goals of CHAPTER FIVE are to teach readers about the importance of going through their recovery journey “one step at a time“.
In CHAPTERS: SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT you will have the chance to discover the benefits of Christian prayers such as: joy, peace and freedom.
CHAPTER NINE is a guide that shows the practice of praying with the five saints on the mission of love, mercy and hope.
CHAPTER TEN aims to teach people who live with addicted individuals about the practice of detachment.
CHAPTER ELEVEN focuses on the benefits of having faith despite all the obstacles you may face during your journey to recovery.
CHAPTER TWELVE gives you insights about the way prayers might help you see your addiction as a positive life changing experience.
How to use this prayer book?
This prayer book can be used as a complementary part of an addiction recovery program which – ideally – includes psychotherapy and medication assisted treatment where needed. Reading and practicing the prayers in this book can deeply impact your life and the life of your loved one or friend with an addiction. With each page, you will have the chance to travel through a journey of self discovery and are invited to sense the Holy Spirit. Its use and practice is an invitation to healing and greater understanding of your recovery.
Who is this book intended for?
This prayer guide follows the Catholic religious order and seems best suited for those who identify as Christians. It uses citation from the Bible. While non religious people or people from other religions may not find the needed connection to the reference text, the prayers and practices of the book can be used by anyone interested in using Catholic tradition to connect with a Higher Power.
Why do we recommend this prayer guide for addiction recovery?
Praying for those with addiction provides addicts and their loved ones with hope in the most difficult times. This prayer book answers your call for aid and sets you on a mission of love, mercy and for a miracle of healing using the Bible and Christian tradition.
In sum, we recommend this prayer guide for the following benefits:
- The prayer book can help you develop faith in recovery.
- Daily prayer can give you strength to face the most difficult challenges in your life path.
- Praying can help you develop wisdom.
- Focused daily prayer may just be the best experience of addiction recovery!
Wondering where you can find “Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope”? To buy, download and read the book, go to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Praying-Those-Addictions-Mission-Mercy/dp/1593252951
Additionally, if you are left with any questions about this book, we ask you to post them in the section below. We also welcome your feedback if you’ve read the book, and would like to comment and share your opinions or impressions.