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Christian Drug Treatment

A two-year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found that:

  • Adults and teens who consider religion to be very important, and who attend religious services weekly or more often, are far less likely to smoke, drink, or use elicit drugs.
  • Individuals who attend spiritually based support programs, such as the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are more likely to maintain sobriety.
  • Individuals in successful recovery often show greater levels of faith and spirituality than those who relapse. 

See Columbia's full report on Substance Abuse, Religion and Spirituality here

What we mean by “faith”

Each person's faith is different and is expressed in different ways.  Faith, for the purposes of this article, means belief in an omnipresent and omnipotent being or "God." Many addicts and alcoholics credit overcoming their addiction to a faith-based treatment program.  Faith-based drug rehab programs are a popular option for people who are trying to recover from addiction, especially those who identify strongly with a higher power.

Christian treatment: What you can expect

Most Christian drug treatment programs incorporate:
  • The Twelve Steps
  • Study of Scripture
  • Counseling with an on-site pastor
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Mandatory Church attendance

Christian drug treatment: How does it work? 

Scripture Reading

Christian treatment programs draw upon the Christian bible for inspiration and advice on how to forge a new way in the world once an addict has gotten sober.  Study sessions and individual therapy with a counselor or study group will examine scripture and how a particular verse or teaching can help guide the addict toward sobriety.

Group Counseling

Christian treatment group counseling sessions will incorporate faith-based ideas: talk about the divine, how to talk to God and ask him for help during difficult times, and how the history of the Church can be used as a point of strength as a person works to become sober.  Many group therapy sessions advocate the embrace of the Divine as a coping mechanism. 

The 12 Steps

The 12 Steps are an integral part to any Christian drug treatment or faith-based drug treatment program.  "Working the steps" is a concept familiar to many drug addicts, and many find this "roadmap" toward drug addiction recovery comforting (even when it proves to be a challenge).  The 12 Steps walk a person suffering from a drug addiction from the very beginning of recovery (admitting there is a problem) to living a sober life, free from drugs and alcohol. 

Christian Church attendance

All Christian drug treatment programs will incorporate some time in Church.  Many people who go through a faith-based drug rehab program find comfort in the routine and predictability of Church and attending regular services.  The familiar routine helps addicts cope with the difficult road that encompasses getting sober.

For those who do believe in Christianity, Christian addiction treatment is one of the best options available.  Where else can someone trying to get sober find comfort, if not in his or her faith?  For most Christians, Christian treatment programs offer a higher rate of success than other modalities of treatment. Those who achieve long-term sobriety through a 12-step methodology generally have a loving higher power in their life to help guide them and restore them to sanity.

Drug abuse is a serious, often deadly illness and will not go away on its own. Seeking help is nothing to be scared or ashamed of – it requires courage to admit you or a loved one has a problem, regardless of your faith.

If you or a loved one would like to stop abusing drugs, you’ll be safer – and increase your likelihood of success – with help from those who understand and respect your values.

Have questions? Let our trained counselors help. Call now.


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