Faith Paves the Way to Recovery
August 12, 2016 - Christian Rehab - 0 Comments
Spiritually: A Fundamental Element of Recovery
Many addiction recovery experts believe that dependency on drugs or alcohol affects more than the mind and the body and that a spiritual crisis is at the heart of the problem. This is supported by the tradition represented by AA, (Alcoholics Anonymous), where the importance of spirituality is often emphasized. Many professionals recognize that those in recovery need a support, greater than themselves and Earthly institutions, in order to overcome addiction.
The Support Benefits of Christian Rehab Programs
For those who seek to recover from addiction to whom faith is an important part of their lives, Christian Rehab Centers can offer more comfortable and productive environments to receive treatment than a nonreligious facility would. Even if the treatment is the same, a more spiritual atmosphere will support the patient in ways a secular atmosphere may not- centers where other patients and staff share similar Cristian values will be a great help in achieving true recovery. Such an environment will be more supportive to an individual’s reliance on religious devotion as a real and important part of the recovery process, whereas a secular facility may not see and recognize those things done according to spirituality as valid steps toward recovery.
Additional Benefits of Christian Rehab Programs
According to the Big AA Book, the following outcomes are common to those who seek treatment in Christian Drug Rehab:
- Improved happiness and sense of freedom
- Serenity and a new perspective
- Reduced self-seeking behavior
- A desire to help others
- Reduced feelings of regret
- Improved coping abilities
- Reduced feelings of self-pity
- Greater ability to trust others
Each year, thousands of people discover that spirituality can be extremely comforting in such times of need, and provide solace and the growth of wisdom. Faith plays an important part in such a recovery program where treatments are optimized to take advantage of spiritual teaching and practice. The objective is to use religious motivations to help those in recovery achieve a life free from chemical addictions and obtain a higher quality of life. Of the innumerable faith-based interventions available, the time-honored 12-step program is certainly the most well-known.
Programs based on faith allow patients to overcome substance abuse and dependence by trusting in God and using the transformative power of spirituality. While the 12-step program is a Christian program, they need not be limited to a particular denomination. Many recovery programs simply refer to the reliance on one’s faith in their Higher Power, as opposed to referring directly to God. While it would be unfortunate should this cause any discomfort, it may be hoped that those who are not strong in their faith may be drawn closer to God through such a program.
What to Look for in a Christian Drug Rehab Program
It stands to reason that there are many different factors to be considered if a successful recovery is to come to fruition. Spiritually just one important part. When assessing any faith-based rehabilitation program, you should ask the following questions:
- What treatment options are available?
- Upon what faith is it based?
- How does the program apply spiritual principles?
While the necessity of Christian Drug Rehab is not fully accepted in rehab centers across the country, there is a great deal of strong evidence suggesting that those with a background of religious devotion have a better chance of a successful recovery. Studies show that spirituality can help those in recovery to experience positive emotions and to associate these feelings with recovery- even when recovery alone is unpleasant or difficult. Patients learn to feel a sense of being closer to God during times when their addiction may otherwise feel overwhelming. Faith-based recovery can offer strength where there was none to carry the person in recovery through times when faith alone stands between them and a relapse.
History and research have shown that people in general benefit from a treatment environment where those around them share similar values. Opportunities for fellowship with other patients who struggle with similar issues would be of great value for anyone. For Christians in recovery, and anyone inclined toward a higher power, Christian Rehab Centers can contribute a great deal toward the likelihood of achieving a meaningful recovery and long-term sobriety. Many patients in recovery report that working toward wellness in a Christian setting reinforced their beliefs and revived their desire to be sober.
His and Her Houses offers industry leading Christian rehab programs. We were founded in 1994 and we base our programs on five key principles: commitment, honesty, integrity, respect, and service. These five principles guide us in all that we do and all the care we provide. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your love one at (888) 376-7268.