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What is Christian Drug Rehab?

Christian drug rehab allows people to include their spiritual beliefs into their recovery.

People find comfort and strength in their spirituality. This can lead to treatment being more effective.

A Christian rehab and treatment center is similar to traditional rehab. However, it has the added component of spirituality.

Christian drug rehab is science-based with the addition of Christian teachings.

What Does Christian Drug Rehab Involve?

Christian rehab typically offers everything found in a traditional rehab program.

This includes:

  • Detox
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Outpatient program
  • Aftercare

Patients in a Christian recovery program can expect medical supervision during detox. This may or may not include medication.

Those in a Christian drug treatment program may attend one-on-one therapy with a counselor. Or they may participate in group therapy sessions.

Patients do these with other spiritually-minded people recovering from an addiction.

Family therapy is an important part of many Christian rehab programs. Patients expect their closest loved ones to support them.

Many Christian programs also include:

  • Prayer meetings
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Emotional guidance
  • Bible study
  • Attendance at church
  • Discussion of scripture.

Many people interested in Christian rehab look for programs led by pastors who are recovering addicts. This provides access to someone with a strong Christian faith who understands the challenges of addiction recovery.

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What Are the Benefits of Christian Drug Rehab?

Addiction isolates the addict from friends, family, and society.

Christian drug rehab offers several benefits, which include:

  • Providing patients with a strong support system. They get this from like-minded, spiritual people going through the same journey.
  • Providing a safe and comfortable environment for recovering people. They learn to foster fellowship with peers.
  • Faith-based rehab programs for substance abuse treatment have been associated with various mindful benefits. These include lowered anxiety, depression, and relapse rates, and healthy coping skills

Is Faith-Based Addiction Treatment Effective?

A person’s religion can be an important part of their recovery from a substance use disorder (SUD). 

Most Christians believe their spirituality is an important part of their health. For them, it may seem impossible to overcome addiction without the support of their faith.

Many choose a Christian recovery center because they feel that other programs are missing something important.

Patients often find that sharing their recovery with other like-minded Christians helps them feel better about themselves. This leads to better long-term success.

This doesn’t mean that Christian rehab programs are better or more effective than other programs. But it means these programs are better for those looking for faith-based support.

Research has shown that a personal relationship with a higher power can improves quality-of-life issues.7

This includes:

  • Self-acceptance
  • Sense of purpose even while struggling with addiction
  • Sense of well-being
  • Improved mental health

A person’s spirituality and belief in God affect their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

As many as 80 percent of people with severe mental illness (as much as 80 percent) report using religion to cope.8

Christian drug rehab is especially effective for those with co-occurring disorders and a desire for faith-based recovery.

Data shows that at least 50% of all people in recovery want to address their spirituality. 

Walton-Moss, Benita et al. “Relationship of spirituality or religion to recovery from substance abuse. A systematic review.” Journal of addictions nursing vol. 24,4 (2013)

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Is Christian Rehab Effective?

Christian rehab is as effective as other rehab options if the patient is open to recovery. Just as with traditional rehab, patients without a desire to stop using drugs are less likely to be successful.

Christian rehab is especially beneficial to those with a strong Christian faith. This is because treatment involves their beliefs.

These programs focus on interpersonal connectedness and compassion. The teachings come directly from the Bible.

Christian Drug Rehab vs. Traditional Rehab

Traditional rehab is known for its holistic approach to recovery. Traditional rehab uses a tried-and-tested addiction treatment program.

Christian rehab takes the same holistic approach. However, it goes one step further by including a person's faith.

Faith-based treatment believes that the healing power of faith must be a part of the treatment process. This is needed for a person to succeed and recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

There are extra programs and therapies included in the recovery process in Christian drug rehab. These therapies may helps strengthen a person's relationship with God.

Spiritual principles are included in the program.

These spiritual principles include:

  • Daily devotional, church services
  • Faith counseling
  • Prayers for addiction 

Another benefit of Christian drug rehab is that it encourages the patient to hope. Patients learn to trust in God throughout the journey toward full recovery.

Traditional and Christian rehab both offers support groups. However, Christian drug rehab offers an added support layer. 

Is Faith-Based Addiction Treatment Right For You?

Christian rehab programs are ideal for people struggling with addiction who are searching for treatment based on faith.

These programs are faith-based and focus on Jesus Christ as a higher power.

The concept of a higher power is similar to most 12-step programs. For example, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). However, in Christian programs, the higher power is Jesus Christ.

Despite the benefits of Christian rehab, it isn’t right for everyone.

Some programs struggle to combine Christianity’s teachings with science-based treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders. It is possible, but it’s important to find a program that has a successful track record with the practice.

Christian and spiritually based rehab are sometimes more effective than traditional programs.

However, patients might stop using drugs, but they may not resolve the issues that drove them to drug addiction. Faith-based addiction treatment programs often do not address the stigma related to addiction. 

Many people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction need support dealing with feelings of shame. They may also need to discover ways to flourish in their communities. The best Christian alcohol and drug rehab programs offer science-based addiction therapy. They help patients develop a sense of well-being, self-acceptance, and self-love.

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(1) Goldfarb, Lisa M., et al. “Medical Student and Patient Attitudes Toward Religion and Spirituality in the Recovery Process.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, vol. 22, no. 4, Jan. 1996, pp. 549–561 

(2) Galanter, Marc. “Spirituality and Recovery in 12-Step Programs: An Empirical Model.” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, vol. 33, no. 3, Oct. 2007, pp. 265–272, 10.1016/j.jsat.2007.04.016. Accessed 4 May 2019.

(3) Hayes, Steven. “Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Science.” Clinical Psychology-Science and Practice.

(4) Neff, James Allan, et al. "Contrasting faith-based and traditional substance abuse treatment programs." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, vol. 30 (2006), pp. 49 – 61, doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2005.10.001.

(5) Grim, Brian and Grim, Melissa, "Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse." Journal of Religion and Health, 2019; 58(5): pp. 1713–1750, doi: 10.1007/s10943-019-00876-w.

(6) Monsma, Stephen. "Are Faith-Based Programs More Effective?" The Center for Public Justice.

(7) Puchalski, C M. “The role of spirituality in health care.” Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center) vol. 14,4 (2001): 352-7.

(8) Pargament, Kenneth I, and James W Lomax. “Understanding and addressing religion among people with mental illness.” World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) vol. 12,1 (2013): 26-32

(9) Walton-Moss, Benita et al. “Relationship of spirituality or religion to recovery from substance abuse: a systematic review.” Journal of addictions nursing vol. 24,4 (2013): 217-26

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