The Spiritual Nature of Recovery
What gives meaning to life? What spiritual values are important for me? How do my spiritual beliefs help me to take care of myself?
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit priest, said “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” This is a helpful perspective to understand how St. Joseph’s approaches treatment for those whom it serves.
Spirituality is a theme and focus interwoven into the basic fabric of all aspects of treatment at St. Joseph’s. In addition to clinical groups, there are also specific spirituality groups, opportunities for individual and group prayer, meditation, community spiritual gatherings, and opportunities to establish or renew a spiritual identity in the broadest sense including communing with nature in the abundance of beauty in the Adirondacks.
Men and women from all spiritual and religious traditions come to St. Joseph’s for treatment and find a welcoming environment in which to deepen and broaden their spirituality.
Regardless of the Residents’ backgrounds, the treatment team at St. Joseph’s helps Residents to identify the spiritual values that resonate with them and to apply those values to the process of recovery.
– Rev. Vance Mortensen – St. Joseph’s Spiritual Director