Treating Addiction and Disorder with Agape

agape addiction mental disorderThe practice of agape, or selfless love, offers as many rewards to the one practicing it as it does to the one receiving it. Being selfless is very good for a person on many levels. It actually works to restore a person’s mental health and make them whole. This is why it is a recommended practice to people who struggle with addictions and disorders. These conditions are the opposite of mental health and any practice or way of thinking that fights mental illness is a good thing for mentally ill people to bring into their lives. These conditions also require professional treatment, but practicing agape can do worlds of good for someone with an addiction or disorder.

Addictions and mental disorders are inherently self serving. Their existence is not the fault of the person who has them, but living as a victim to them will inevitably make a person into a self serving individual. By making the choice to practice altruism, or agape, a person who has been contained to their own self serving ways will have the opportunity to break away from them and gain perspective, compassion and a sense of purpose by helping others.

When addictions and mental disorders are permitted to thrive, they isolate the person living with them. They do this by influencing the person to only think about themselves, serve their addiction and remain inside their own head, as well as make them into someone that other people do not want to be around. This is universally damaging to people. Making the choice to be selfless reverses these patterns by bringing them into the company of others and focusing on what they can do for other people rather than what they can do for themselves.

When addictions and mental disorders become severe, they leave in their wake a trail of loneliness and destruction. Their survival can only hurt a person and never help them. When a person does unselfish things for other people, however, they are creating the opposite of destruction. They are giving life and joy to another person. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction or disorder, seek professional treatment and do not underestimate the value of selfless love to their recovery.


Addiction Treatment and Agape

agape addiction treatmentPeople with mental disorders and addictions can help fight their illnesses by practicing agape, or selfless love. Incidentally, agape is something that should be present within addiction treatment as well. People can commit to addiction treatment expecting to encounter agape in their counselors and facilitators because treatment is far more effective when this quality is present. They can also expect to find it within their support groups and meetings with other people who are struggling. And lastly, they should prepare themselves to give it to others to help them in their journey toward recovery.

The counselors and facilitators at a rehab or other type of addiction treatment center are called to selflessness. It is their vocation and their purpose to put themselves second to their clients in order to be there for them and encourage them. It can become taxing on counselors and facilitators to constantly be there emotionally for others if they are not in the habit of practicing agape. This is why addicts should expect to encounter selflessly loving people in the mental health professionals that treat them when they are checked into a quality rehab facility.

The support groups and events that are held in the company of other addicts are yet another place to find agape. Addicts are unique brain types and sometimes there is no one who can understand them except for other addicts. Many addicts form an understanding with one another that helps them support each other through their trials. Addiction is a disease that many people do not understand, and it can be very hard for an addict to find unconditional support and positivity in people. This is why it is so important for support groups of addicts to practice agape with one another. Addicts have had more than their share of rejection, judgment, criticism and misunderstandings. It makes a world of difference to be able to lean on one another and know that they will find acceptance and love among other recovering addicts.