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Dr. Barbara Sinor is a retired Psychotherapist living in northern California. Sinor is the author of five inspirational books including her most recent, Tales of Addiction and Inspiration for Recovery. Sinor can be contacted through her web site:

Addiction: A Spiritual Journey 
 Sometimes living with an addiction brings the individual closer to that Something More or as I call it, God/Goddess/All That Is. I say this because of hearing so many stories from patients about their “awakening” or “enlightenment” as they journey their path away from substance abuse and toward recovery.

 I have realized over the years that those adults who have been traumatized in some manner in childhood make up a wide percentage of adults who are addicted to a form of substance and/or negative behavior. With this fact, my counseling career seemed to take on a life of its own as my focus surrounding childhood abuse and trauma extended to the field of addiction and recovery.

 I am a firm believer of modern holistic health practices. I often refer patients to colleagues dealing in the holistic alternative field to ensure a full range of healing and recovery experience. I guide them to find their own choices and answers by dealing with issues and decisions on all levels--body, mind, spirit, and emotions. I suggest and refer them to seek physical exams; explore massage and acupuncture; discover biofeedback; experience Reiki, art therapy, hypnotherapy, spiritual ritual, positive affirmations, and other methods of holistic integration. I introduce them to yoga, numerology, astrology, divination tools, dreamwork, and meditation. I find this psychospiritual component brings benefits to the healing and recovery process that no other form of counseling can. I suggest they start an inner search for their own Truth. This touch of inner guidance, coming from the patient’s own sense of the spiritual, can complete a direction toward integral growth and change.

 Even the easy step to decide to keep a personal Journal can sometimes mean the difference between staying in recovery or slipping into relapse. Writing your feelings down with pen and paper somehow releases emotional over-load and one feels a sense of freedom. I suggest this easy tool to all those seeking recovery from trauma, addiction, or just to begin seeking their Truth.

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