Portland Drug Rehab Centers

Portland drug rehab centers are known throughout the American northwest as some of the finest, most progressive treatment facilities of their kind. The men and women of Portland who are living with addiction - and have made a conscious effort to get treatment help are in good hands at the professional level. The following information is designed to help individuals fight the most appropriate Portland drug treatment facility to meet their needs - and explain what they can expect upon arrival.
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Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

Taking Communion as a Recovering AlcoholicFaith, religion and spirituality have played integral parts in the recovery of many Portland drug users and alcoholics, and some drug and alcohol treatment programs that have no specific religious affiliation still implement acknowledgment of a higher power into their recovery regimens. Appealing to spiritual needs along with emotional, physical and relational needs is part of many holistic recovery philosophies. Thus, in situations where religion and recovery appear to be in opposition, it is important to come up with creative solutions that compromise neither.

Communion and Alcoholism

In the Christian tradition Communion is a holy sacrament that reminds followers of the sacrifice Jesus made when he died for the salvation of mankind. Communion, also referred to as “The Lord’s Supper” and “The Eucharist,” consists of bread, representing Christ’s flesh, and wine, representing his blood. Many Christian churches have replaced the traditional wine with grape juice, but some Christian institutions, including the Catholic Church, still use wine. This could pose a problem for a recovering alcoholic who may fear that even a taste of wine could tempt him or her to relapse. Options for managing Communion while in recovery include the following:

  • Kiss the cup instead of actually drinking the wine
  • Explain your situation to the priest and request consecrated grape juice
  • Lightly dip the bread in the wine to minimize actual alcohol quantity
  • Simply abstain altogether

There are numerous opinions and personal testimonies on this topic, if you wish to explore further, but ultimately, the choice is yours. Ritual, especially positive religious ritual, can provide the motivation and momentum necessary for long-term recovery, so it is important to take time to reflect on this as well as any other religious of spiritual issue that may seem to contradict you recovery method. Do not hesitate to speak to religious leaders, recovery counselors, mentors and friends in Portland about this topic. You may find insight and understanding where you least expect it.

Questions about Religion and Recovery?

Do you have questions regarding the pursuit of spirituality as it pertains to your recovery? We would love to talk to you. Our toll-free number is open 24 hours a day. Call now.