The Abbey A Premier
Addiction Treatment Center
Spirituality & Chapel
To Help Connect with a Higher Power
A main component of the 12-Step process of recovery is the role of
spirituality. We realize that every client has a different interpretation
of the nature of a “higher power” and different religious backgrounds. In
fact, we know that many people wrestle with the concepts of “God” and
“religion.” We do not “preach” or advance any particular religion.
work with each client to tailor our counseling to his or her fundamental
We remind our clients of this thought offered by a 13th-14th Century
philosopher, Master Eckhart:
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is
thank you, it will be enough.
Because The Abbey was originally built as a monastery for cloistered
Carmelite (Catholic) sisters, our facilities have a rich spiritual
tradition. In particular, we are fortunate to have a Gothic Chapel in
which we hold appropriate meetings and in which individual clients may find
moments of quiet, personal contemplation and reflection.
We encourage clients to share their religious backgrounds with us, so that
we may best incorporate their spiritual beliefs into our counseling.
Also, by sharing these religious beliefs with us, we can assist in making
sure they participate in their religious customs, including providing
transportation to a place of worship, if so desired.
“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones;
and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in
peace. God is awake.”
“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of
water makes the water undrinkable.
A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.”
“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole
staircase, just take the first step.”
Dr. Martin Luther King
“Still at the end of every hard earned day people find
some reason to believe.”