When you think of the recovery stage in life, you may associated with business, rehabilitation physically and mentally, and family circumstances. The first thing that pops in my head about recovery is drug recovery. The reason being is due to me being surrounded by that population in my career field and having love ones go through it.
Little did I know, I was going through my recovery stage myself with past heart issues! I had to acknowledged that my trauma occurred ,but it was time to recovery from them. Recovery is a stage to help individuals return to their natural state of health mentally or physically before the dysfunction occurred. For those who have had surgical procedures, pain is apart of the entire process.
There is pain in the beginning of the surgery, which is the reason for procedure. There is also pain in the recovery stage after the surgery, which fixes the dysfunction that needed to be corrected.
Something I have come to realize is that you cannot run away from the pain in life, but you can definitely work on changing the way you view it. I am not a fan of pain not one bit, but I had to really work on changing my perspective about it. You have to ask yourself whether or not the pain you are feeling is working against your true self or for you to unfold another layer of self not yet discovered.
In your recovery stage, it is vital to stay connected to God for the sake of your wellness because you will began to think that you are going through the same issues of the past, which is not true! When it comes to spiritual recovery God is the surgeon of this process.
God is in control. He will plan the situations or circumstances that will help you recovery from the trauma you faced. He may ask you to take off your bandages or change it, which is whatever defenses mechanic you have developed after your trauma(s) occurred. The recovery process allows you to discover your strengths, achievements, and overcoming while you are still reliving your trauma.
The recovery stage involves self- determination, wisdom, knowledge, self-sufficient, and faith. Remember you are on the journey of wholeness, so it takes a lot of work to arrive there.
Early intervention is a process that many programs participate in with adults and children to handle some sort of irregularity before it gets out of control. The early intervention creates a level of discomfort for you because you are now facing your trauma with hopes of letting go of issues that no longer serve you. This phase requires courage and patience. A lot of things you may discover about yourself may not be enjoyable, but it is essential to changing behavior and old habits. You goal is to reach wholeness.
During this stage when you began to face some unpleasant memories. I like to refer this stage as “bicycle chills”. Just about everyone has ridden their bikes down a high hill. You can see the view a little bit at the top. Even though, you know the road is clear and ok. You began to press breaks several times not due to danger but caution. You can hear a whisper saying that ” Its okay to let go of the breaks, but steer and coast down this hill.” You are aware that breaking will only delay you to destination , but it feels more comfortable to do so in that moment.
Being comfortable seems to be more tolerable when recovering from old memories from trauma. Being comfortable may feel good, but it will not help you to get to wholeness. Discomfort is the only way you will grow.
In Ezekiel 36:26 CEV, “I will take away your stubborn heart and give you a new heart and a desire to be faithful. You will have only pure thoughts.”
In John 16:3-4 CEV, “They will do these things because they don’t know either the Father or me. I am saying this to you now, so that when the time comes, you will remember what I have said. I was with you at the first, and so I didn’t tell you these things.”
Due to the stigma you carried in your heart that you are recovering from, God is allowing your stigma to work out for your greater self. Everything is not supposed to be exposed. During this time, it is when you began to feel more disqualified for social acceptance.
Unfortunately, many of this world have not reached a level of Spiritual wholeness or even attempt to do so. Once, you discover that you will began to discover marginalization from others because they are aware of the light within you. This is a time in the process, when you began to feel more confident and aware of self once you accept you are not lonely and God will not forsake you. You will began to own who you are in self.
The journey of wholeness is a lonely place, but it allows you to have more time with God. It also helps you to become more aware of your surroundings.
In 1 Corinthians 4:5 CEV, “So don’t judge anyone until the Lord returns. He will show what is hidden in the dark and what is in everyone’s heart. Then God will be the one who praises each of us.
4.Individualized Service Planning
The recovery stage is cultural based,where God focuses on teaching you new values,traditions, and beliefs that come from his Kingdom. God wants to give you new, but it’s up to accept new in your life.
Once new is established in your mind and decision making; you will be lead to others who will be supportive in your decision making. Confidants who are willing to support “true self” when no one else does.
This is a plan for the “new” you! Making a plan free from trauma, is where you began to embrace your strengths as a person. Once your strengths are recognized and acknowledged, you will become a resource for your family, friends, and community. This plan is to help set a foundation for self and for others. This is a plan where a new lifestyle will be developed outside of your trauma.
In Philippians 3:7-11 CEV, But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless. Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else and count it all as garbage. All I want is Christ and to know that I belong to him. I could not make myself acceptable to God by obeying the Law of Moses. God accepted me simply because of my faith in Christ. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him to life. I want to suffer and die as he did, so that somehow I also may be raised to life.”
The Recovery stage in spirituality is a hard process to endure but it is worth every moment of it. The good, bad, and the ugly. You will began to discover at the end of the process that you allowed yourself to hold on too a lot of ill things that was not worth your time and energy. As the scriptures mentions it’s “garbage “.
This process is where you began to discover the true love and grace of God. You discover how essential Unconditional love and grace is to the spirit. God loves us more than we will ever know or realize.
His love is indescribable . The only way we can feel him is if we recover from all the icky stuff from our past. God is pure but most of us won’t allow ourselves to feel him because we are addicted to pain. Will you start your recovery process today?