Addiction strikes people from many different backgrounds. Although Christians are often thought of as being too religious to develop an addiction, the truth is that they are just as vulnerable to substance misuse as anyone else. Christians know that no one is perfect, and they often choose to go to a rehab that supports the concept that forgiveness is possible for anyone who believes that Jesus died for their sins. For some people, believing in a higher power is helpful for them to get sober. Faith-based rehab programs are designed to tap into this belief and provide Christians with the support that they need to recover spiritually and physically from their addiction. If you are not religious, then it is normal to wonder if you have to be to benefit from a Christian rehab. Faith-based treatment programs do not require you to be a Christian to start your treatment. Instead, anyone is welcome, and no one will force you to practice a religion unless you want to. Going to a Christian rehab offers several benefits for your recovery no matter what your status is regarding religion.
One of the most basic tenants of Christianity is that everyone is accepted by Christ and the members of a congregation. When you walk into a faith-based program, you’ll quickly pick up on the non-judgmental atmosphere. Everyone who is there understands just how easy it is for anyone to develop an addiction. They only care about making sure that you develop the strength that you need to get sober and stay that way once you go home. You’ll also experience many of the same forms of treatment as you would in a secular drug and alcohol rehab center. Going to counseling is a huge part of your daily routine. You’ll work with your counselors to uncover the underlying reasons for why you developed an addiction. If you aren’t comfortable talking about religion, then they will respect that. However, there are also benefits to using Christian values as part of your recovery.
Start Your Recovery In a Caring Christian Environment
Christian values involve placing priority on honesty and forgiveness. Addiction has a way of robbing you of your self-esteem. You might struggle with extreme guilt about your inability to leave drugs or alcohol alone. You may have even been shamed by other people in your life who don’t understand why you can’t just quit using your own willpower. Being in an environment that supports a sense of forgiveness makes it easier to relieve yourself of the burden of guilt and begin healing. The Christian faith also supports the importance of honesty. While it might be hard at first, being open and honest in your therapy sessions helps your treatment team find the right ways to help you stay sober. Most likely, you’ll find non-Christians and Christians alike in your rehab, and having everyone focusing on the same values helps your group therapy sessions be more productive.
If you do decide to explore the opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith, then you can find these types of support in a faith-based program.
•individual and group therapy with Christian counselors
•faith-based family counseling
•daily prayer and worship services
•Bible study groups
For some people, going to a Christian rehab becomes an opportunity to embrace a new lifestyle. You might decide that you enjoy attending worship services and having friends that maintain Christian values. Many people continue to embrace this lifestyle after they go home. If you don’t find the Christian faith for you, then you’ll still benefit from learning about the importance of forgiveness, courage and love. Many of the Scriptures and Bible teachings that you’ll hear in rehab can be applied to your every day life even if you aren’t particularly religious. Applying Biblical principles to your life can help you begin to rebuild your relationships at home. You may have damaged relationships with your family members, and learning how to communicate with grace can help you to rebuild therm. Or, you might be worried about how you’ll find a job and support yourself once you leave rehab. Remembering that everyone has flaws that can be overcome with kindness and love can help you to stay courageous as you encounter new situations in sobriety.
Are you interested in attending a Christian rehab? If so, we have the right one for you to start your recovery. Give us a call at 833-364-0736 today!