You may be a follower of traditional Abrahamic religions (e.g., Christianity, Judaism, and Islam), Eastern faiths (e.g., Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism), or other alternative beliefs, such as Pantheism or Wicca. Regardless of the path you choose, spirituality, in some sense, is vital to each individual’s recovery experience.
Choosing a higher power as a source of faith is among the most life-changing experiences in a person’s recovery journey. Usually, drug treatment involves finding something outside of yourself to believe that will provide faith, courage, and hope in rehab and beyond.
Prayers may seem somewhat controversial to some, but keep in mind that you do not have to belong to a particular religion to believe in the words used in some of their prayers. Just Believe Recovery highly recommends identifying who or what your higher power will be as soon as possible in addiction recovery, as it will only enrich your life and recovery experience.
If you are finding it daunting in deciding how to pray or what to say, the following is a list we have of recovery-friendly prayers:
The Serenity Prayer[God or higher power], grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And wisdom to know the difference
Prayer for Self-Care
Lord, lift me up for Your blessings today.
I pray that you will anoint me with strength and self-care today, tomorrow, and always.
I pray that You will grace me with patience and wisdom. I pray that You will encourage me throughout the day to take the correct steps to walk proudly and behave well.
St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayer[Lord or higher power], make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
I am now choosing to cleanse myself and release any and all thought forms, beings, situations, and energies that are no longer of service to my highest and greatest good…
across all planes of my existence, across all universes, and across all lifetimes.
I ask that all energies that are less than love be transmuted for the highest good of all, and so it is.
Prayer in the Time of Need[Almighty God or higher power] come to my help and deliver me from this difficulty that besets me.
I believe…that all trials of life are under your care and that all things work for the good of those who love you. Take away from me fear, anxiety, and distress.
Help me to face and endure my difficulty with faith, courage, and wisdom.
The Third Step Prayer[God or higher power], I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life.
Eyes of Mercy[Lord or higher power], look upon me with eyes of mercy, may your healing hand rest upon me,
may your lifegiving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul,
cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength…
Healing From the Past[Blessed Jesus or higher power] In the comfort of your love, I lay before you
the memories that haunt me,
the anxieties that perplex me,
the despair that frightens me,
and my frustration at my inability to think clearly.
Help me to discover your forgiveness in my memories and know your peace in my distress.
Dear [Lord or higher power], thank you for your love, for it is eternal.
Save me from trackless deserts of drug addiction, and please replace my desire for drugs with your love.
Purify my body…and heal me from the evil effects of drugs.
Break the chains of addiction in pieces and bring me out of my gloom and darkness.
Heal me with your command and save me from the grave.
Bring me to safety, and I will thank you…
Morning Prayer for Sobriety[God or higher power], direct my thinking today so that it be empty of self-pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking, and fear.
God, inspire my thinking, decisions, and intuitions.
Help me to relax and take it easy.
Free me from doubt and indecision.
Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God, show me what I need to do to take care of any problems [so] that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man.
Nighttime Prayer for Sobriety[God or higher power], forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest, or afraid today.
Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person—show me where I owe an apology and help me make it.
Help me to be kind and loving to all people.
Use me in the mainstream of life…
Free me of worry, remorse, or morbid reflections that I may be of usefulness to others.
Forgiveness Prayer[Lord or higher power], I ask for forgiveness. Against you, O Lord, have I sinned.
Forgive me for making drugs my God, and walk with me in my journey to recovery.
Spread your wings of love that I may find refuge in you when the effects of withdrawal are intense.
Be compassionate upon everyone that is struggling with drugs and help them to fight this until they become victorious.
Quench the desire for narcotics from our hearts and heal our bodies from any damage.
Dear [God or higher power], I confess that I have been addicted to _______.
I repent of this addiction and ask you to forgive me and help me to begin again.
I confess that I have been in bondage to _______, and I renounce all involvement with it.
I also renounce the devil’s lies, and I reset my mind to believe the truth.
Prayer for the Addicted
Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and have broken relationships because of their attachment to the object of their addiction.
Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery.
To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres.
Getting Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Prayer and spirituality are essential components of recovery. Still, long-term, sustainable abstinence often requires a tremendous amount of care, love, and support from therapists, counselors, loved ones, and others who are winning the battle against active addiction.
Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer programs with a wide variety of evidence-based services, including psychotherapy, individual and family counseling, group support, aftercare planning, alumni activities, and more. We are committed to ensuring each person we treat is given the tools, education, and support they need to enjoy lifelong sobriety, happiness, and wellness.