Faith Based Recovery Centers for Addiction: Faith as a Vessel for Change
Research suggests that people who have a strong spiritual belief, such as Christianity, are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol. However, when a religious person finds themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol, it may be even more difficult for them initially because of the sense of letting God down. Thankfully, there are faith based recovery centers that can heal and strengthen one’s relationship with God, and use an individual’s faith as a vehicle for positive change.
In this article, we will explore how faith based recovery centers work, the need for Christian drug and alcohol rehab, and explore other religious aftercare programs.
How Faith Based Recovery Centers Work
As someone with a strong faith in Christianity, partaking in a Christian drug rehabilitation program can be the ideal place to both renew your faith and learn ways to prevent relapse to be able to live a happy, fulling life in God’s love.
Faith based recovery centers place great emphasis and importance on a relationship to a higher power in order to prevent substance abuse. In fact, the absence of God in one’s life is believed to be one of the main causes of substance abuse; abusing drugs or alcohol in order to fill the void that only God can fill.
One of the most famous substance treatment programs are the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) programs. A major focus in these programs that have helped thousands upon thousands of people recover from substance abuse is spirituality. Letting God and their faith help them through the tribulations of addiction is a cornerstone of NA and AA.
The power and effectiveness of Christian drug rehabilitation is the reason why so many rehabs, including WhiteSands, have adopted the approach.
Ideal Candidates: Matching Patient Needs with Treatment
The ideal candidate for Christian drug and alcohol rehab would be any person with an addiction that either has faith or a person who wants to improve or enhance their faith and spiritual beliefs. While faith-based treatment incorporates spiritual teachings, bible study, prayer groups, and spiritual support as part of their programs, other traditional forms of treatment aren’t ignored because they are effective at treating addiction and helping a person to maintain long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
Upon intake, a person will go through an evaluation to determine exactly what types of treatments they need. Some of the traditional evidence-based treatment methods that are used to match the needs of a patient include:
- A medical detoxification to help deal with the withdrawal symptoms safely.
- Behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and other proven therapeutic methods.
- Addiction education.
- Treatment for co-occurring mental health issues, also known as dual diagnosis.
- Relapse prevention skills training.
- Medication-assisted therapy that goes beyond just the withdrawal period to help prevent relapse.
- Family therapy to repair and strengthen family bonds.
- Aftercare services such as follow-up therapy, sober living homes, and support groups such as NA or AA.
Ultimately, one gains the benefit of all of the traditional forms of effective treatment along with the power of faith-based treatment.
AA and NA
The best time to start using AA or NA is after completing a rehab program. One may even start to go to meetings while still in rehab. AA and NA offer additional long-term solutions together with behavioral therapy, a relapse prevention plan, sober living homes, and follow-up therapy.
As a religious individual, it will be easier to benefit from programs such as AA or NA due their strong focus on God as a vessel for positive change. One can attend meetings for years to come to help prevent relapse and maintain a strong relationship with God.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.