Faith-Based Addiction Treatment Programs
Faith-based addiction treatment programs are available as an alternative treatment to anyone with a desire to include their faith in the recovery process. Christian treatment programs are based on faith and Christian principles that include prayer and Bible study. Some rehabilitation centers and faith-based recovery organizations also include in-house worship services, or attending services elsewhere. Faith-based programs also include the usual rehabilitation programs found at most rehab facilities.
The initial stage of treatment when entering a rehab facility is to receive a drug screening and assessment. Once this is determined, a plan of treatment is devised based upon that patient’s individual needs. The process usually involves a patient’s medical history, plus a physical exam and psychological assessment.
The next phase of treatment is the detox process where the patient is slowly weaned off of the offending substances. Each patient experiences detox differently depending on what drugs or alcohol they were taking, how much of it and for how long. As the offending substances leave the body, withdrawal symptoms will begin that will affect the patient physically and psychologically. Medications are available to minimize or eliminate most withdrawal symptoms. Some patients experience intense fatigue during the detox process and require a lot of rest.
Once the detox process is complete the patient will begin psychological counseling, addiction education and Bible study. Most of what the patient will experience and learn will be aided by Biblical precepts. One such precept is the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). Cognitive behavior therapy explores the patient’s thoughts and behavior patterns that led them to addiction, and other problems. Once revealed, the patient begins to understand the need for change. Destructive, unhealthy thoughts and behavior are dismantled and replaced by healthy, productive ones. This is a process that takes times but can be accomplished, especially with the power of prayer behind it. It is God’s will for the patient to be made whole in body, mind and spirit.
There may be times when the patient will struggle through a problem, and that is when it is best to turn it over to God. His strength will carry them through as they rest in Him. He does not want them to worry, because His intention is that they will recover. At times like this, it is best to pray and read the Bible. The Scriptures will provide the patient with strength, peace, understanding and hope. The Holy Spirit will drench them in God’s love and fill them with joy. There will be no doubt in their mind that God is with them and that He loves them. The patient will receive tremendous power to continue on their path, when they exercise their Christian faith.
Christ-centered family therapy is another wonderful program for all family members. Therapy sessions allow all family members to openly express their feelings and concerns. Feelings of shame, fear, guilt, anger, distrust and more are dealt with during therapy. These powerful emotions are sometimes difficult to handle and that is why they should be given to the Lord. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says,” Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Each family member will be refreshed by just letting go and allowing God to help them work out their problems. Together in prayer, a family can make powerful intercession for all members. Strongholds can be broken just by speaking the Word of God in prayer. They should also prophecy forth what they want, as instructed to do in Romans 4:17 which tells us to “call those things which are not, as though they were.” As co-creators with God, a Christian can speak into their future. This is indeed very good news for any recovering addict.