Faith Based Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Faith-based addiction treatment and recovery can be dramatically different than what most of us think of as rehab and addiction recovery. Faith-based programs are sometimes referred to as ‘religious rehabs’ and can vary greatly depending upon the particular religious beliefs they are centered around. Overall, however, all have certain things in common such as:
- Addiction is addressed through a specific spiritual or religious framework.
- The affiliated religious beliefs are evident in the program and therapies.
- Core values from the affiliated religious beliefs are openly discussed throughout treatment.
- Addiction is considered a spiritual problem.
- Addiction recovery is considered to be be a spiritual issue.
Is a Faith Based Treatment Program for You?
Only you can determine if a faith based treatment program is for you. Faith is a very private issue and one that includes a wide range of disparate beliefs overall so a particular faith based program may be wrong for you even though another may be perfect. Essentially, you have to explore your options for faith based programs in terms of whether options are in alignment with your specific beliefs and/or practices.
People who have strong religious beliefs and who practice in organized religious activities can have very significant religion related issues in addiction–often far more than others who do not have strong beliefs or belong to religious organizations. Religious practices typically involve well-defined codes of morals and conduct that addicted people may have fallen far short of living in the everyday life of active addiction. Consequently, not only the illness must be resolved, but one’s relationship to a faith community, its teachings and God must also be reconciled for a sense of well-being and health.
What You Should Expect in a Faith Based Treatment Program
If you choose a faith based program in alignment with your beliefs, you should expect:
- Staff members who are well-informed in your belief system and practices.
- An atmosphere of support and encouragement to address your faith based concerns.
- The support of others who are well-versed in treating addiction and religion based issues simultaneously.
- Opportunities to discuss religious and spiritual issues in all therapy services.
- The facilitation of exploring religion related issues that arise in addiction and addiction recovery.
- Opportunities to continue your religious practices while in treatment.
- The inclusion of religious and spiritual concerns in your aftercare and relapse prevention plan.