The faith based rehab approach is one commonly applied to addiction treatment, and many claims are made in its favor. Does it make sense to try Christian drug rehab centers to treat an addiction? Can you expect a better shot at sobriety?
How such rehab is different
Whether you approach faith based drug treatment centers or regular ones (ones that do not make adhere to religious principles), the initial part of quitting addiction — where you detoxify under medical supervision — remains the same. It isn’t safe to attempt to quit cold turkey; there are always withdrawal symptoms when the brain reacts to the chemical changes that occur when you stop using drugs, and these do need to be countered with medications.
Once detox concludes after a month or so of treatment, you do find yourself in much better shape. You no longer experience painful or dangerous withdrawal symptoms, and your cravings fade away for the most part. Yet, you cannot consider yourself free of addiction at this point. Addiction affects the mind — it is a permanent psychological condition caused by exposure to drugs. What you need to do once detox concludes, is to take steps to ensure that the cravings do not ever reappear. If you do not take steps, the reappearance of these symptoms is a virtual certainty; two out of three of those who ignore the need for these steps relapse within a year.
Rehabilitation, or rehab, is the treatment approach that offers the care needed. In regular, secular rehab, you accept psychotherapy — scientific, evidence-based methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, moral-reconation therapy, family therapy, group therapy and art therapy with therapists, to help train the mind to move on from thoughts of substance abuse.
Faith-based rehab may use any of these approaches; the only difference is that their primary thrust tends to be on the spiritual approach to helping the mind gain a handle on itself. Since spiritual belief tends to come with powerful psychological effects, it can be effective in some cases.
What goes on in spiritual rehab?
Spiritual rehab focuses primarily belief in a supreme power and prayer, and the ability of these states of mind to bring about changes in your life. The prerequisite for such treatment to work, of course, is an ability to deeply believe. This isn’t a requirement that most people are able to actually fulfill. Absolute faith doesn’t come to those who are used to logical or rational thought at every turn.
In such rehab, participants are encouraged to place their faith in God, ask forgiveness of God, and pray for guidance. When you believe deeply in a higher power, such prayers and fateful acts of submission have powerful effects on the mind.
Should you choose faith-based rehab?
Faith-based rehab comes with advantages that secular rehabs cannot have — the patient base of like-minded people such as is usually found at such places, can be a huge psychological boost. They tend to have better access to caring volunteers and even funding. Participants tend to feel a sense of belonging and support that they don’t usually get in secular rehab.
If you are a person of deep faith, it makes sense to try such a rehab center. It can help to receive objective advice from an expert before you start, however. A call to an expert at White Sands Treatment at 877-855-3470 can help you get started with an understanding of the choices that you are open to you.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
About the Author
Mark is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.