Living with chronic pain and addiction generally results in a lack of hope, faith, and trust. You can become so beaten down by the weight of your pain and dependence on opiates that your worldview becomes pessimistic, the majority of your thoughts center on various forms of doom and gloom, and your relationship to others and the world is increasingly negative. Faith, hope, and trust are fundamental components of the pain-recovery process. Spirituality helps us reconnect with that which is greater than ourselves and our higher purpose. Spirituality broadens our horizons by lifting us out of a narrow, self-centered focus and helps us find meaning in our difficulties. If you think of pain or addiction as an affliction or a curse; if you think of yourself as a victim; if your mind frame is one of self-pity, your capacity to experience relief from chronic pain and stay clean will be greatly diminished. Twelve-step fellowships have demonstrated, over many decades with millions of people, that the concept of coming to believe in a power greater than oneself is an essential part of the process of recovery. The same principle applies to pain recovery. This does not mean that you need to “believe” right now, but only that it will be helpful for you do the footwork and see what happens and what beliefs may come out of it. Spiritual beliefs are personal and individual, but we recommend you come to believe in a power greater than yourself that is loving, caring, and nonjudgmental, and only wants what is best for you. This blog post is an excerpt from Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Frank Szabo, LADC, Daniel Shiode, PhD, Robert Hunter, PhD; Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).