How to Trust in the Healing Path When You’re Recovering from Addiction or Trauma

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Note: I updated this post in November 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

In this blog post I want to talk to you about how to trust in the healing path.

It takes courage to be on a healing path

This can be really scary and sometimes just exhausting. It’s a lot easier and can feel a lot safer to check out and fall into an addictive pattern, whether that’s picking up a drink or getting obsessed with work, instead of staying on the healing path.

Tweet: Do not rush your recovery. Do not avoid your recovery. Make a commitment to show up for it. @gabbybernstein

But one of the first things I learned in my sober recovery is a lesson that still gives me chills: If you put anything before your recovery, you will lose it.

This lesson applies to any kind of healing. So instead of checking out, join me on the healing path and TRUST in the healing path.

In the video below I share 3 steps to follow. Watch it and take these steps to heal past wounds, trust in the healing path and experience miracles. You can also keep reading for a breakdown of each step.

Why it’s important to trust in the healing path

When I lean toward love, I am led | The Universe Has Your Back card deckBefore I get into the three steps that I outline in the video, I want to say this: Whether you know my work well or you’ve landed on my website for the first time, there’s a reason you’re on this page right now. There’s something that’s up. You’re ready to heal something.

Maybe you’re remembering something, or you’re ready to show up for that experience from your past, or you’re ready to heal that addictive pattern. Maybe you’re ready to change your attitude.

Whatever it is that you’re ready to heal deserves your attention and your focus. If you bulldoze past your recovery, the same assignments will show up in your life over and over and over again.

Treat yourself with compassion

Before I share these steps I also really want to be very compassionate about wherever you are. I understand that when something comes up and you need to heal it, it can be horrifying. It can be so scary and debilitating.

I know the feeling of just not wanting to deal with it, especially if you’ve been on a journey of dealing with a lot of healing and then another thing comes up and now you have to deal with it again. (Alternate nostril breathing is a tool you can use in the moment to release anxiety.)

3 steps to trust in the healing path

Recently I had something come up that is probably the most important thing I’ll ever heal in my life. I’m remembering a past experience and it’s time for me to heal it. I have to really trust in the healing path. I don’t know exactly how this will be healed, but I trust in the path.

I’m sharing these three steps with you to help you trust in the healing path and to stay committed to it myself.

Step 1: Be willing to heal

The first step is to be willing to heal, to really, really be willing to heal. I was talking to a woman I mentor recently, and she was just like, “I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to get into it. I don’t want to remember the trauma. I don’t want to get into the story.”

I said to her, “Listen. All you need is the slightest willingness and that willingness will open the doors for you. That willingness will help you pick up the phone and call me. It will get you into your therapy session. It will set you free.”

Simply being willing to heal will set you on the healing path and keep you on it. It will allow whatever you need to come through.

Step 2: Surrender to a higher power by praying daily

When we say a prayer, we allow our consciousness to receive intuitive guidance. | Judgment Detox by Gabby BernsteinThe next step in trusting in the healing path is to pray. Get into a daily prayer practice of surrendering your plan, surrendering your patterns and turning it over to a power greater than you.

All you have to do is say something like, “I am willing to heal. Show me where to go and what to do. I’m ready to receive guidance, I’m ready to change my patterns and I’m ready to heal.”

In that prayer, you humbly surrender your fears, your blocks and all that is standing in your way of true healing. Praying is a way of getting in communication with the guidance that is always supporting you. This is the most important conversation you could have all day long.

Step 3: Receive the support that comes your way

The final step in trusting in the healing path is to just receive the support that comes your way. Receive the support of the people that come your way. Receive the support of the therapy or the video or the yoga teacher or the book — whatever it is that lands in your lap. Because it will.

When you open up to healing, what you need will be given to you. But you have to be open to receiving it. You have to have your arms wide open saying, “Yes, bring it on. I’m ready.”

Get inspired on your healing path by reading my memoir, Spirit Junkie

In my memoir, I open up about my own recovery from addiction to alcohol, drugs and codependent relationships.

I share the story of how I transformed my life, offering my spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for. I traded self-doubt and addiction for a new kind of high!

Throughout Spirit Junkie I teach lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles, share practical and spiritual tips, and guide you through meditations to help you on your own healing path.

Take your recovery one day at a time

I want to leave you with this very important piece of advice: Take it one day at a time, especially in early recovery of addiction or trauma or anything that is very scary. It’s a one-minute-at-a-time gig. It’s not something that you can do overnight. Do not rush your recovery. Do not avoid your recovery. Make a commitment to show up for it and be in the presence of it one moment at a time.

I want to be here for you. Please post comments below. I’m here to support you. Let me know how you’re doing, how you’re feeling. You can even just post below that you’re willing to heal. Making that statement publicly will greatly serve your path.

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  1. I am willing to heal. Please show me what to do, think, believe or see differently. I am hopeful and I am willing.

    1. Jen, showing up and sharing here is an amazing sign that you are ready for some big shifts. I honor your bravery and willingness. A great place to start is by committing to practicing the 3 steps in this blog daily. A lot can come up when we commit to our healing journey, so please take it one day at a time and make sure to be open to lots of loving support. <3

  2. I am willing to heal. Show me where to go, and what to do. I am ready to receive guidance and change my patterns and I am ready to heal. I am ready to let go of my victim story.

  3. this is so helpful! I asked my doctor yesterday if I would ever be healed from anxiety/depression or if it was life long. because I have gone to therapy etc. for 4 years and felt healed then I went backwards. It is hard to deal with anxiety/depression after you feel healed form it. Thank you.

  4. I am willing to Heal. Please help me see it differently, and show me what to do. I carry with me a lot of fear, resentment, sadness… I want to let it all go. I surrender

  5. I am trying to heal my severe anxiety and depression. My doctor prescribed an antidepressant for a few months that is working but I sometimes wonder if it is really helping or inhibiting my growth. Sometimes it feels like it just lays a blanket on the actual problems to make me feel better. Regardless, I am still trying to uncover the core problem to really begin healing. I’ve been praying about it and asking for guidance and this is where I found myself today. Your guidance is life changing. Thank you.

    1. All my love and strength to you on your path to wellness. Anxiety and depression can be a lifelong presence, but there are many healing modalities and ways to work with them, embrace them, accept them and find peace and happiness despite them. Your commitment to a spiritual practice will be life changing. Expect miracles.

  6. My son was diagnosed with a rare brain infection (PANDAS) two and a half years ago that has devastated our family, and in my day to day struggles to take care of him, to heal him, I’ve not realized how much healing I need to do. I’ve been willing to want to heal, I’ve been surrendering my path to higher powers, but the one thing I’ve missed that your video brought to light for me was receiving. I’ve been so closed off from fear and pain, that I wasn’t receiving the things that have been coming my way, the many small things like finding a new book, running into an old friend, coming across this video… the Universe has/is dropping daily doses of healing in my lap, and I’m now ready to recognize and accept those little miracles that come my way, and to keep centered in my own healing. Thank you so much, Gabby.

    1. This is a miracle. I want to honor you and send compassion to you for all that you have been dealing with. This must be a very difficult time for you and your family, and I am so happy to hear that you have heard and are following divine guidance. Healing yourself and taking care of yourself will allow you to show up fully to care for your son in an even stronger way. I am holding you in my prayers.

  7. i am willing to heal
    be with and sooth the illness within me, that will birth my cure…
    in whatever time,shape,body,or form life finds me within…
    i dont know how
    but i want to be well
    so i could be the best me i could be
    wherever life leads me
    rebirths me
    grounds me
    i am willing and wanting to do my part
    in healing
    and revealing
    the good
    with integrity filled love, and positive contribution.

  8. So thankful to find this specific message today as I’m actually on an imposed of time of healing from an injury at work that lead to loss of my job. Many things are improving but my heart and mind are not at peace with this healing path and its uncertainty. I frequently pray on this asking for the grace to follow God’s will and path for me, but it remains a great point of unrest. Thank you for this beautiful reassurance. I so often tell others with empathy that I pray for God’s peace and healing love for them, but I resist accepting it for myself. Your message of healing first and foremost is resonating true here.

  9. I am willing to heal. I surrender my plans to a power greater than myself. I open my arms to guidance. I’m terrified of losing everything. I am committed to receiving love from God, my husband, my son, my family and friends and myself. It is time.

    1. Amen. I hold you in my prayers and honor you on your path. The slightest willingness is all that is required. You are supported.

  10. I recently found out I am pregnant. All of my life it is something I wanted, but now that it is a reality (and I just turned 40) I am feeling so uncertain that my husband and I can handle the huge life change and the financial burden. Everyone keeps saying it will all turn out okay, that the most important thing is that we love the child. But it is hard to feel secure with so many unknowns. I had gone off antidepressants when we started trying to conceive and the pregnancy coincided with a resurgence of depression and anxiety that, some days, feel crippling. I am back on medication and doing two kinds of therapy and it’s helping a little, but I feel like I need more. I feel unable to trust in the Universe that it will all turn out okay.

    1. I want to honor you for sharing your truth so honestly and courageously. Do you have a therapist you meet with regularly? If not, I recommend finding someone so you are not carrying this on your own. When it comes to strengthening your faith in the Universe, this is why I wrote The Universe Has Your Back. When you read the book and practice its exercises and principles daily you will experience a miraculous shift and you will KNOW the Universe has your back. You will have faith in your ability to be a wonderful Spirit Junkie mom. This kind of huge life change, even when it’s something you want, can bring on a lot of fear of the unknown. You are not alone. You may want to connect with moms of young kids or other expectant or new parents in your community – that support can make all the difference. xo

  11. Just came across your website tonight after watching you on youtube with Oprah. ( which I enjoyed thank you ) I’m still trying to work out what it means to trust in the universe. (Have had years of pentecostal preaching where the spiritual world was satanic, but walked away from religion as I couldn’t find that peace I was looking for. ) Spent most of my life running away from emotional pain and trying to hold it all together but now ready to stop and let the universe heal me cos’ I sure can’t.

  12. I resonate with the 3 steps. I also have been working on childhood trauma for years and recently I got so overwhelmed that I ended up having to move back home. It is so painful to be here, but I don’t see or feel my way out right now. It’s also making healing much harder. How do I trust my healing process while in this environment?

    1. I’m sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time. There are a couple of books that might be very healing for you, depending on what kind of trauma you are healing. One is Waking the Tiger & the other is Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

      You can aid your healing with some practices I share in different blogs, though I recommend using these in addition to reading one or both of the above books and/or working with a therapist:
      How to Forgive Someone
      How to Protect Your Energy
      How to Heal Trauma and Accept Yourself

      Sending you love + light on your healing path.

  13. This was fantastic to listen to this morning, just re-enforced my own steps to deal with my PTSD from military service and now a knee injury. I found in these pass few years that my body with 1 type of injury or another, is showing me that I am off path. Thank you for putting this video out there and sharing.
    Ask-Believe-Receive!!

  14. Hi Gabby.
    I am so relieved to find your books, audio books, meditations and website. I am ready to heal myself. So many things over the last 10 months have dragged me down to a very low esteem and my self care is almost non-existent. I did follow Kundalini yoga a couple of years ago and it was amazing. I found one of your books online and now I am ready to go again! Thank you for your amazing inspiration. xxx

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