Christian Drug Rehab
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- The Challenges of Christian Drug Rehab
- Christian Drug and Alcohol Specialists
- Christian Recovery Centers
- Faith-Based Aftercare Services
Your recovery chances can be strengthened when surrounded by others on a similar path as you are.
Spirituality can play an important role in the recovery journeys of many substance-dependent Christians. Many feel that some of the most important personal health care issues are inadequately addressed by modern medicine. Indeed, the emotional turmoil produced by both illness and the struggle to become well is sometimes overlooked by secular practitioners. Studies suggest that 55% to 81% of clients in recovery from addiction want to discuss spiritual issues in therapy, with only 20% specifically wishing not to discuss spirituality (Murrell et al., 2014).
For Christians with substance abuse issues, emotions can run extremely high when it comes to issues of family, job and health. In recognizing and working with these issues, a Christian drug rehab might be just the setting to help you towards recovery. The emphasis on interpersonal connectedness and compassion associated with Christianity and religious belief can help the addict connect with others instead of feeling alone (Murrell et al.). Also, in spite of differences in their views on substance abuse and addition between the three major religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all three religions do emphasize the importance of healing and maintaining the health of the body, mind, spirit and soul (Humphreys and Gifford, 2006).
A Christian drug rehab is a wonderful choice for individuals in need of drug rehab and looking for a Christian foundation in which to recover placing the focus on Jesus Christ as the "higher power," when a traditional drug rehab allows the person to choose whoever or whatever they would like their "higher power". As a psychological construct, a personal relationship with God or with Jesus Christ underscores quality of life issues such as acceptance, a renewed sense of purpose arising from the "ashes" of addiction, and a sense of well-being. Spirituality and belief in God color the way that people understand themselves and the world around them, addressing values and morals, broadening the capacity for forgiveness and healing. Over 80% of severely mentally ill and addicted patients report using religion to cope (Galanter, 2009; Vieten and Scammell, 2015). In addition, rather than just take the 12 steps from either of the fellowships as gospel; the focus is based around Christ, and scripture from the bible.
In addition to the above, additional teachings or activities a Christian drug rehab might offer include:
- Attendance at Church as regularly as possible.
- Bible study.
- Lectures from scripture.
It is also important to have a pastor, preferably a recovering pastor as a member of your Christian drug rehabilitation program. This provides the patient immediate access to a staff member that can enhance an already strong belief in Christ or begin to build on a belief lost along the way.
For help finding the Christian drug rehab center that is tailored to your specific needs don't hesitate to call our 24-hour helpline. Our team of professionals is always available to get you the drug abuse treatment you deserve for long term recovery. Call us any time, at 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? for a free and confidential consultation.
The Challenges of Christian Drug Rehab
A successful Christian drug rehab faces the challenge of integrating the teachings of Christianity with traditional drug rehabilitation services which address drug addiction, core issues and any other associated disorders. These two components of a Christian drug rehabilitation provide for a firm foundation upon to begin one's recovery.
Research has shown that one component without the other usually leads the patient towards relapse and another stint in the rehabilitation process. While drug rehabilitation can help a recovering addict to remain abstinent from substance use, it may prove insufficient in treating the stigma related to addiction characterized by blame and exclusion of the addicted person in the work place or the local community (Moskalewicz and Klingemann, 2015). A sense of being loved and accepted by a spiritual faith community in recovery can help a person cope with, and move beyond the marginalization often felt by recovering addicts.
Christian Drug and Alcohol Specialists
For some, being treated by physicians and other health care practitioners who draw on their own Christian traditions and backgrounds to inform their methods of care is ideal. They feel safe in their surroundings, interacting with other Christians, who know how important a successful return to a state of health and wellbeing is.
A Christian substance abuse counselor is aware of the range of emotions and internalized feelings the Christian patient might be experiencing – feelings of an inability to resist temptation, purposelessness, loss of support, and a moral quandary over using and can provide exercises to return you to a better path. Moreover, your recovery chances can be strengthened when surrounded by others on a similar path as you are (Murrell et al.). The very nature of spiritual direction and counseling, church service attendance, community prayer, personal meditation, and bible study, require and enable openness to serenity, new experience, and self-discipline (Lyons et al., 2013).
Christian Recovery Centers
Be it Baptist rehab, Methodist rehab or Lutheran rehab (amongst others), there are many hospital systems in the country that operate drug and alcohol treatment programs, and can accommodate someone looking for Christian based recovery, helping to impact their sense of purpose and destiny in the world, reconnecting them with family and with God, while acknowledging that suffering leads to new life (Lyons et al.).
Inpatient programs tend to carry a higher price tag than outpatient programs, regardless of the religious affiliation. Inpatient treatment tends to run anywhere between $200 and $900 per day, whereas outpatient programs tend to run $100 to $500 per treatment session. These costs will vary by program duration, amenities, and location.
Faith-Based Aftercare Services
Upon discharge from the Christian drug rehab, a continued plan of recovery must be designed. This recovery plan should address:
- The need for ongoing Christian-oriented therapy.
- A healthy living environment.
- Church attendance.
- A Christian mentor.
- A psychiatrist.
- 12 step Christ-centered groups.
- A family therapist.
A comprehensive aftercare plan, designed by your therapist and discharge planner, is the key to relapse prevention. The patient should not alter the aftercare plan in any way without speaking to their therapist or the professional they are seeing.
It is not as easy to find a Christian drug rehab that can meet your personal needs as one might think. Our professional staff will provide you a confidential assessment at no cost which will help us to determine the proper drug rehab to introduce you to. Best of all, our helpline staff has access to a database to locate a Christian drug rehabilitation center anywhere in the United States. Call us any time day or night at 1-888-744-0069Who Answers? for immediate help. Operators are standing by 24/7 to take your confidential call.
- Galanter, M. (2009). Spirituality in the Recovery Process. In Ries, R.K., et al., Editors. Principles of Addiction Medicine. Fourth Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. pp. 939-942
- Humphreys, K., and Gifford, E. (2006). Religion, Spirituality, and Substance Abuse. In Miller, W.R., and Carroll, K.M., Editors. Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, and What We Should Do about It. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. pp. 257-274.
- Lyons, G.C.B., et al. (2009). Faith-Based Substance Abuse Programs. In Miller, P.M., Editor-in-Chief. Interventions for Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders. Volume 3. Boston, MA: Elsevier. pp. 147-153.
- Moskalewicz, J., and Klingemann, J.I. (2015). Addictive substances and behaviors, and social justice. In Anderson, P., Rehm, J., and Room, R., Editors. The Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviors on Individual and Societal Well-being. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. pp. 143-160.
- Murrell, A.R., et al. (2014). Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Spirituality. In Masuda, A., Editor. Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications. pp.165-180.