Finding a Christian Drug Rehabilitation Program

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What you will learn:
  • Where to find and what to look for in a Christian treatment center.
  • Faith-basted treatment options at American Addiction Centers.
  • Finding faith-based 12-step programs.

Many people who are dealing with drug or alcohol addiction seek spiritual support while trying to detox and recover from drugs or alcohol. For people who identify as Christians, there are several addiction treatment programs available that place focus on providing spiritual guidance as a cornerstone in their overall program structure.

For many people, the idea of going to treatment for addiction is daunting. Hearing stories about the difficulty of detoxification and withdrawal symptoms, while also facing the intense uncertainty of recovery, can sometimes evoke fear and anxiety.

For these individuals, maintaining a religious practice and choosing a faith-based or spiritual-based treatment program may resonate as appealing and comforting. Similar belief systems may also make it easier for people to bond with others in a new environment, such as an inpatient drug rehab.

One study found that a significant majority of participants credited spirituality for providing them with an unshakeable feeling of strength. This strength applied to their perceived ability to recover from drugs, as well as their sense of safety and protection during each phase of recovery.1

Another study, examining the role of spirituality and religion in the cases of several recovering addicts, found that maintaining a higher power in conjunction with other positive factors significantly contributed to their overall satisfaction with their lives.2

From a scientific standpoint, maintaining a relationship with Christ, God, or any chosen higher power can place a powerful buffer between a person and their triggers. In turn, this may influence their quality of life in a considerably positive way. Evidently, the commitment to prioritizing spiritual beliefs while working to recover from a substance use disorder may prove advantageous for many people looking to conquer substance abuse issues.2

What is Christian Treatment?

Christian addiction treatment is, in short, a type of substance abuse treatment program that incorporates Christian values and teachings into treatment while also providing substantial support through more traditional clinical therapeutic models. Together, these two pillars of treatment can work synergistically, and help people maintain their faith during more difficult parts of their treatment and helping them maintain a crucial connection with a higher power.

Where to Look for Christian Treatment Centers

Christian rehab spiritual rehab for substance abuse treatment.

Christian treatment centers and recovery programs exist throughout the entire United States. One way to find Christian treatment programs is by talking to certain Christian leaders in your community, such as pastors or ministers.Those leading a specific church or others with faith-based affiliations may know of resources or have recommendations for support groups that place faith as the cornerstone for substance abuse recovery.

Some treatment centers, although not overtly advertising religious or spiritual affiliations, may also offer spiritual services, such as providing the option to attend meetings with visiting priests or other spiritual leaders. Despite not placing a faith-based approach to their core treatment curriculum, these treatment centers may offer options for their patients to practice their religion and attend to their spiritual needs.3

A human being’s belief system is an intrinsic piece of their identity that affects their choices, and ultimately it may affect their success in recovering from a substance use disorder. Faith is a large component of many people’s recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

At American Addiction Centers, we focus on providing the best care options to our patients by understanding their physical and mental needs and spiritual beliefs. AAC’s Texas-based treatment facility, Greenhouse Treatment Center, offers Christian programming that incorporates spiritual teachings into a greater evidence-based treatment approach. All AAC facilities also incorporate 12-step programs which take a somewhat spiritual approach to recovery.

Evidence-based therapies for treating addiction mean therapies that have been proven effective to help someone heal from substance abuse. Some of these approaches may include:4,5
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Contingency management.
  • The matrix model.
  • Family behavioral therapy.

Combining these highly effective treatments with the spiritual support of a Christian rehab program may result in a therapeutic synthesis for a patient, compounding the positive effects of each treatment component.

What Is Religion-Based Therapy?

A large component of religion-based therapy includes the concepts of reconciliation, forgiveness, grace, and faith. One form of therapy that may appeal to Christians in recovery is religiously-integrated cognitive behavioral therapy (RCBT). RCBT intertwines the practice of typical cognitive behavioral therapy methods with spiritual approaches to overall healing. Religiously integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) follows the same principles of conventional CBT. However, religiously-integrated CBT also inspires and applies a client’s own religious tradition as a major coping skill for replacing unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. In turn, this may lead to the lessening of depressive symptoms.

When a client elaborates on their unhealthy, negative, or self-destructive thoughts, therapists may encourage the patient to lean on their higher power or spiritual beliefs for assistance. These spiritual communications may arise by means of prayer, intuition, or other personal internal communication pathways.

Researchers have found that religious-based treatment modalities, such as RCBT, may be as effective, if not more effective, than other traditional treatment methods typically used to treat depression in drug rehabilitation centers. By adapting traditional therapies to fit the spiritual needs of patients, many people find sobriety more rewarding and sustainable.

Other forms of Christian-based therapies may encourage scripture-specific contemplation and utilize biblical verses to relate to patients’ negative thought patterns. For example, certain scriptures in the bible are often interpreted to discourage “should” statements. “Should” statements, according to many believers, impede self-acceptance and self-love. Other verses in the bible discourage religious figures from being too hard on themselves, which may help those in addiction treatment forgive themselves for past mistakes or perceived sins.6

Some Christian health insurance programs operate through a method called cost-sharing, where members put contributions in a pool for other members should medical needs arise.7

Christian Healthcare Ministries, for example, is a nonprofit organization that operates through affordable cost-sharing methods. Be aware, however, that plenty of traditional rehabs offer opportunities for their patients to partake in their spiritual or religious practices take traditional health insurance plans. Additionally, many health insurance plans may cover treatment at facilities that offer faith-based programming, such as some at American Addiction Centers.

AAC is in-network with many insurance companies which means that your treatment could be covered depending on your policy and deductible.

Christian Addiction Recovery Programs at AAC

American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leader in the addiction treatment industry. We operate 8 facilities nationwide, such as Greenhouse Treatment Center which offers faith-based treatment programs called Christian Recovery Center Program

Facing an addiction is a challenging prospect for any person. To recover, it often requires a robust support network of understanding and compassionate individuals and often a team of medical professionals. Sometimes it also requires the integration of religious beliefs.

With a program based in Christ-centric principles and faith-related behavioral therapies, patients can combine their religious practices with evidence-based substance abuse treatment to achieve long-term sobriety.

The comprehensive curriculum within our Christian-based rehab program was developed to maintain alignment with certain Biblical principles. Topics that our curriculum covers include:

  • The Struggle of Sin. Here, patients may look at their addiction in the context of sin to gain a better understanding of their disease.
  • The Grace of God. Patients use scripture to gain a better understanding of God’s grace and discuss how it can free them from drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Empowerment of Faith.Faith can be a mysterious subject. Using scripture, patients may discuss what faith is and, more importantly, how it works in lives.
  • The Importance of Honesty. The first step in recovery involves being completely and utterly honest with one’s self about their addiction. Here, patients look at the denial of addiction and cognitive distortions in tandem with biblical teachings.
  • Prayer and meditation.are often essential to spirituality. We will discuss the importance of prayer and meditation and how to make it a priority in recovery.

These topics, and others, are explored through Christian group fellowship activities, drug counseling, and educational courses at AAC’s Greenhouse Treatment Center. AAC also offers free virtual support meetings to help those in recovery.

Christian 12-Step Programs

12-step Christian recovery programs, therapy, and organizations exist for a variety of faiths, including Christianity. A few 12-Step rehabilitation programs incorporate support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) into their patients’ treatment plans. Although AA does not identify as a religious sect, it does elude to spirituality as a meaningful force in the recovery of its members, as well as a vital component in a member’s maintenance of sobriety. AA was originally based on Christian teachings. Over the years, this self-supporting organization continues to help many people face their addictions with the help of a personal, but still omniscient, higher power. Since its creation in the 1930s, AA has grown into a worldwide organization, helping people worldwide find support and fellowship in the pursuit of a sober life.8

Christian inpatient drug rehabs are designed with a specific population of patients in mind: those who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction who would like to keep Christ at the center of their recovery journey.

In inpatient Christian rehab, patients are able to focus wholeheartedly on their recovery efforts and their faith while being monitored day and night should they need any assistance. In inpatient Christian rehab, patients are likely to find others with similar belief systems and thus build a robust and supportive sober community. Besides spiritual focus, patients may also receive support for physical withdrawal symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Christian Inpatient Rehab

Christian inpatient drug rehabs are designed with a specific population of patients in mind: those who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction who would like to keep Christ at the center of their recovery journey.

In inpatient Christian rehab, patients are able to focus wholeheartedly on their recovery efforts and their faith while being monitored day and night should they need any assistance. In inpatient Christian rehab, patients are likely to find others with similar belief systems and thus build a robust and supportive sober community. Besides spiritual focus, patients may also receive support for physical withdrawal symptoms and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Christian Outpatient Rehab

After inpatient Christian rehab, some patients may choose to continue their treatment and spiritual pursuits through an outpatient Christian rehab. Outpatient Christian rehab programs typically continue intertwining highly effective science-based treatment modalities with spiritual practices.

However, outpatient Christian rehab programs also allow patients extra flexibility and ongoing support. Instead of staying in a hospital setting, patients may live in sober living, at home, or elsewhere while attending an outpatient Christian rehab program. Patients may also choose to attend outpatient Christian treatment for varying lengths of time based on their individual needs.

Finding the Right Christian Treatment Program

The right addiction treatment program for you should, ideally, thoroughly address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

It is important to keep in mind the level of addiction treatment you or a loved one needs in addition to its faith-based options a facility or organization can provide. You or a loved one can call to learn more about AAC’s treatment programs and ask questions about faith-based programs.

There is something profound and instinctual about grace and faith, especially in moments of adversity. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for a substance use disorder with the help of an expert medical team with Christian principles or additional faith-based programs, reach out to American Addiction Centers. We’ll help you find the right substance abuse program to help you reconnect to your spirituality while finding lasting recovery.

 

Sources:

  1. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2002). Patient attitudes concerning the inclusion of spirituality into addiction treatment.
  2. Alcohol Treat Q (2006).The Role of Social Supports, Spirituality, Religiousness, Life Meaning and Affiliation with 12-Step Fellowships in Quality of Life Satisfaction Among Individuals in Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Problems.
  3. Subst Use Misuse (2010). A focus-group study on spirituality and substance-user treatment.
  4. Addict Sci Clin Pract (2008). Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Abusers.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse (2018).Behavioral Therapies.
  6. Psychotherapy (Chic) (2015).Religiously Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A New Method of Treatment for Major Depression in Patients With Chronic Medical Illness.
  7. Christian Healthcare Ministries (2020). What is Christian Healthcare Ministries?
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous (2020). The Birth of A.A. and Its Growth in the U.S./Canada.
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Amanda Lautieri, B.A.
Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Content Editor at American Addiction Centers. She has more than 10 years of professional editing experience that includes working as a web editor for several major online publishers and editing medical content ranging from academic texts to online training and re-certification courses for emergency medical service responders.
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