Faith-Based Recovery from Addiction
Approaching Addiction Recovery with a Better Spiritual Foundation
Addiction is never an easy journey. More often than not, individuals suffering from addiction are fighting long and hard battles against themselves in addition to fighting societal prejudices.
Though families and friends might react negatively when individuals admit their addiction problems, in the end, their admissions are the first steps to getting the help they need. They may help rally family members to fight addiction battles together.
Healing may be more complicated if individuals suffering from addiction are also religious. If people are involved in churches or have strong religious convictions, they may feel as if God might judge them, telling them that they’re not worthy to be part of their religious communities anymore. To heal and address their spirituality, they may want to consider attending faith-based drug treatment centers.
Based on recent statistics, millions of people struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Regardless of one’s spirituality, it is undeniable that addiction can affect individuals in various ways.
According to some people, religious teachings and beliefs state that addictions to alcohol and drugs are never moral or ethical. But, if you look at the issue closely, you can say that addiction is not a moral or ethical question.
Becoming addicted is not a failure to live up to moral and ethical standards. What you do about addictions and other problems are what determines your strength and value.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 51 million U.S. residents used illegal drugs in the previous year. Following the arguments of some religious people, does this statistic mean that millions of people are unethical and immoral? Should the circumstances surrounding their addiction problem be discounted? Do people deserve a chance to redeem themselves and improve their lives by becoming sober? With labels such as unethical and immoral, people may be forever stigmatized because some people believe that they will never change.
It may be easier to make such judgments if you are not walking in the shoes of religious individuals caught up in drug or alcohol addictions. But if they are religious and have addiction problems, they may have negative opinions of themselves based on their beliefs. They believe that they are morally troubled and are failing in their obligation to their faith. These beliefs are not helpful in their recovery process.
In faith-based rehab, religious individuals who suffer from addiction have access to treatment plans and activities that may allow them to reconnect with their higher power. While interacting with faith-based drug rehab centers, addicted individuals may develop their religious beliefs and work on their recovery.
What Are the Treatment Plans Offered in Faith-Based Drug Rehabilitation Centers?
Clients receive treatments in faith-based drug rehab that aim to improve their medical and spiritual conditions. Here, the spiritual aspect is vital to the entire treatment program in addition to traditional addiction treatment programs.
Such treatment starts with intake and analysis to determine the exact condition of clients so that the professionals with the rehab program can draft appropriate treatment plans customized to the specific needs of clients. After intake and assessment, detox (detoxification) procedures typically follow. During detox, professionals may prescribe medication to help clients cope with the withdrawal symptoms that they might experience after they stop using alcohol or drugs.
Aside from these procedures, other psychological and medical treatments may include:
- Group therapy sessions
- Individual therapy sessions
- Life skills training
- Training about emotional coping
During counseling, certified professionals are present to provide guidance.
Other aspect of faith-based rehab include spiritual discussions and reflection sessions with peers so fellow clients can support and empower each other through their faith.
Why Should You Choose Faith-Based Alcohol Treatment Centers and Faith-Based Rehab Centers?
A recent study conducted and published by researchers from the Baylor University reported that religious practices may significantly diminish destructive acts and behaviors such as alcohol abuse and drug addiction. The spiritual, emotional, and physical nurturing and care offered by faith-based drug rehab may be vital in helping clients achieve lifetime sobriety.
Finding the Right Faith Rehab Center
Seeking faith drug rehab is a great first step towards overcoming addiction. However, if you or your loved one are to fully recover, it is vital that you find the right faith drug rehab center for your situation. This will ensure that you receive the best care and treatment possible.
Below are a few tips on how you can choose the right faith rehab center:
Quality of care
Does the treatment program use faith teachings? If so, how? Does the center have spiritual counselors?
These questions can be answered when you call and speak to the admissions department. Of course, the quality of care is just as important as how religious the centers are. They should offer an experienced staff of medical professionals, addiction counselors, and therapists.
Demographics served by the facility
What demographic of people does the facility treat? Is the facility co-ed or does it treat only men or only women? Perhaps the center treats both but the sexes are segregated during their stay.
Does the center treat all addictions, or would it be beneficial to find a center that only deals with alcohol or only deals with drugs? Which treatment styles are offered or does a center only offer faith programs? The answers of these questions are important to know, especially when choosing a faith drug rehab center.
The importance of certification and accreditation
Before you settle on any faith drug rehab center, it is a good idea to make sure that they are accredited. Most centers that are accredited and certified make this information clear on their websites, but you can always ask the center as well. You want to choose a center that makes its clients’ well-being and recovery its top priorities.
A center with a small client-to-therapist ratio is often an ideal center for clients. People in recovery often work with their therapists to explore deep-seated issues that may lead to their alcohol and drug use.
The process takes times to build trust, discuss issues with therapists, create coping tools, and gain closure. Going to a facility with a small client-to-therapist ratio means you may have more time to dive into different topics.
What to Expect from Faith Drug Rehab Centers
Many professionals working at faith rehab centers will be of the same faith and have similar beliefs as the clients. This could help workers and clients relate to each other and help clients feel comfortable and safe.
Many people who have never been to rehab are nervous about attending because they do not know what to expect. At our centers, here is what you can expect during your faith addiction treatment experience:
Intake – The intake process is the process that occurs when you enter a facility and meet the staff. You will typically undergo a routine physical to determine if have a disease or medical condition that may complicate treatment.
You and staff members will review your medical history and your history of drug and alcohol use. During intake, the information you give will help the staff build your detox and treatment plans.
Paying for Faith Treatment Centers
Paying to attend one of our faith treatment centers does not have to cost as much as you may believe. When you are ready to go into treatment, the first step would be to call us or fill out our insurance verification form.
Many health care policies include addiction treatment and we will advocate for you to ensure that you are getting the most coverage from your insurer. We aim to get everyone into treatment with little to no out-of-pocket expense.