When a person is battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is easy for him or her to feel isolated. Whether it be out of shame or disgust with oneself, or out of fear of how his or her loved ones will respond, it can be easy to detach oneself from others in an attempt to keep one’s behaviors as private as possible. Unfortunately, this level of secrecy typically only serves to further the vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction.
While there are many different types of treatment programs available to individuals who are suffering from a substance use disorder, there are many who find solace in participating in faith-based treatment, an option for care that incorporates addiction treatment with Christian elements of faith.
Every individual enters treatment at a different place in his or her life. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and has experienced different things. Their backgrounds and experiences have helped form them into the unique individuals that they are. And not only have their experiences played a role in the development and progression of their addictions, but they will also play a role in helping them successfully overcome those addictions. When these individuals have faith placed at the center of their lives, incorporating that faith into the chemical dependency treatment they receive can allow them to flourish in their recovery.
Treatment programs that incorporate a faith-based approach to care typically provide this element as a separate treatment track. In doing so, individuals are able to take part in the comprehensive care that the treatment center offers, while also participating in separate therapeutic elements that are centered on Christian principles, morals, and values.
The ways in which different treatment centers incorporate Christian treatment tracks into their programming will inevitably vary. However, many will include the following elements:
- Bible study
- Meetings with chaplains, pastors, or priests
- Daily worship
- Daily prayer
- Daily journaling
- Individual therapy sessions that are held by a Christian counselor or therapist
- Group therapy sessions that are led by a Christian counselor or therapist
Additionally, many faith-based treatment programs incorporate the use of the Life Recovery Bible into their programming. The Life Recovery Bible is based on the 12-Step recovery model and includes 12-Step devotionals and serenity prayer devotionals. In addition, many faith-based treatment programs also complement the Life Recovery Bible with its adjoining workbook, offering individuals a place to process through different verses that they have read, exploring how those verses pertain to themselves, their addictions, and their recovery.
Celebrate Recovery meetings are also frequently included as part of the programming in faith-based treatment tracks. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian-based approach to the traditional 12-Steps of recovery that are presented in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Celebrate Recovery has eight principles that fall in line with and complement the traditional 12-Steps of recovery. When individuals take part in faith-based treatment for addictions, they may be able to participate in Celebrate Recovery along with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Many Christians struggle to come to terms with the fact that they have a problem once they have developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Oftentimes, having a Christian faith can cause individuals to feel an even greater need to keep their behaviors a secret so as to prevent others from judging them. When these feelings are present, it can greatly hinder the process of seeking and receiving treatment. It is for this reason, among many others, that opting to take part in a faith-based treatment program can be of such benefit to many. In this setting, Christians can come to understand that their addictions do not make them weak, nor do they make them bad people. They can also learn that they are not alone in their struggles, and that judgment does not have to be cast against them.
Additionally, in these programs, the focus of treatment is on a Christ-based approach to care that places an individual’s faith at the center of his or her recovery journey. Faith-based components are incorporated into care that also offers evidenced-based therapeutic practices and clinically sound treatment modalities so that individuals are able to achieve healing in a profound way, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By participating in a treatment center that embraces one’s religious beliefs, an individual can experience true and lasting healing in a way that is most effective and most impactful to him or her.
When an individual chooses to engage in a treatment option that focuses on his or her religious beliefs, morals, values, and faith, he or she can also benefit from gaining a support network of like-minded individuals who understand and share his or her beliefs and can therefore offer ongoing support and encouragement.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol and could benefit from a faith-based approach to chemical dependency treatment, do not hesitate to contact a treatment center that offers specialized Christian treatment tracks.