A model of healing is missing from modern medicine, which has a lack of models of wholeness. Often, discussion of healing is categorized as pseudoscience, psychiatry, or outside the realm of “holistic” medicine. But, healing is more than a physical or mental cure, and it involves social and historical continuity and a connection to the sacred. Here are four key concepts that may be useful in understanding the healing process.
An active, not passive, process
The active, not passive, process of recovery is a vital component in the healing process of addiction. Passive recovery is defined as merely going through the motions, following what others tell you. The process of recovery takes the form of building habits that will support sober living. Passive recovery may take the form of attending meetings, programs, and counseling sessions. It is built around the belief that you can overcome addiction on your own. Passive recovery is a limiting mindset that can prevent real progress in recovery.
Active recovery is a journey requiring individual commitment and dedication. The process is marked by setbacks, but these are expected and not seen as failures. In fact, many people have found that the active approach is far more effective than passive recovery. Here are 5 benefits of an active, not passive approach to healing:
It involves wholeness
Defining healing as the development of an individual sense of personal wholeness that embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of the human experience is an important aspect of health. Illness is a condition that threatens personhood and isolates the sufferer. Removal of this threat or restatement of the patient’s previous sense of wholeness alleviates the suffering. The restoration of a person’s sense of self, which involves relationships with family, friends, and communities, facilitates the development of healing.
The concept of healing was examined and tested against multiple case studies. The operational definition was based on antecedents, defining attributes, and consequences. The team concluded that healing involves positive change, movement towards wholeness, and eradication of physical symptoms. However, the operational definition of healing may not be the only definition. Some studies have sought to develop a broader definition of the term. While this concept may sound a little more abstract than the one proposed here, it has numerous positive implications for practitioners of health care.
Howard Spiro’s definition of healing suggests that healing involves the body and spirit. This is an important distinction to make as it implies a duality between the mind and body. He implies that healing makes the individual whole, while medicine merely treats disease. By defining healing as the restoration of the individual’s spiritual, mental, and physical health, Spiro aims to create a healthier world for all. And what if there is no duality in mind and spirit? How can the two be healed as one?
It involves spirituality
Spiritual healing embodies a deep belief in God. It is the process of healing that aligns the body with the soul. Spiritual healing is different than the material forms of healing that simply act according to a presumed physical law. Spiritual healing requires a response from the client. A person must be willing to worship God in order to experience healing. During a session, the client is asked to share their spiritual qualities, and through this process, they will learn more about themselves.
In addition to the spiritual realm, there are other spheres that can be addressed during a session. In some cases, patients can use healing touch or energy medicine as a way to cope with chronic pain. While these approaches do not necessarily involve religion, they can have a positive impact on a patient’s emotional health. Spiritual healthcare providers must consider their own spirituality. The interconnectedness of the world is increasingly recognized in other spheres, and this interdependence also plays out in the healing profession.
It involves narrative
Narrative plays a critical role in healing. It can take place on different levels, from personal to community and national. The author of The Healing Art of Storytelling, Richard Stone, states, “Without a story, life is like a book cover without pages. The goal of telling a story is to encourage complete stories.”
Narratives have long been studied as important tools in health communication and social construction. This volume will be of interest to scholars in health communication and health psychology. Readers in medicine and allied health will also find this book insightful. Narratives are integral to the health communication process and can serve as a valuable tool in promoting healing. This book aims to increase the awareness and understanding of narratives as important components of health communication.