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When you’re struggling with addiction and considering different rehab programs, you might wonder: What’s the difference between a faith-based and traditional approach? How does rehab work, and what can I expect from a recovery program? And, importantly, do you have to be a Christian to attend an addiction program that involves faith?

These are all important questions to ask—and learning more about rehab can help you determine if the treatment, therapy, and tools provided will help you recover and stay sober for life.

What Are The Benefits? 

Our Christian rehab program is based on a foundation of spirituality, where faith is the lens through which you address and conquer addiction. It focuses on forgiveness, acceptance, unconditional love, respect and trust in God to heal your mind, body, and spirit as you face addiction head on, and get on a path to sobriety and wellness. Christian rehab helps you build a stronger connection to God, which provides a lifelong positive path of support and understanding.

Some of the benefits of rehab include:

  • Sharing experiences and overcoming struggles with the support of like-minded individuals
  • Realizing a sense of love and value—we are all equal, protected and uplifted by a God who gives second chances
  • Connecting with one’s spirituality and finding a sense of peace, calm and empowerment
  • Gaining direction, support, and tools from therapists who believe in God’s healing power and walk with you on your journey

Do I Want Bible-Based Rehab or Traditional Rehab?

Traditional rehab does not focus on spirituality during treatment. Group and individual therapy sessions include peers who are on the same walk with overcoming addiction, but treatment approaches that “dig deep” might include therapy for dual diagnoses, cognitive behavioral therapy, and holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, and exercise. A traditional rehab program at a reputable drug and alcohol rehab center will be led by licensed professionals who create customized treatment programs for every individual. (Beware of cookie-cutter rehab programs—there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all addiction rehab.)

Rehab digs deep by identifying the pillars of well-being in life—and building up areas of neglect so you can focus on the whole recovery. A Bible-based rehab approach can help restore a connection to God, inner peace, and love. It can reassure you that you’re not alone and that we are all imperfect and on a journey toward self-improvement—no matter your situation. A rehab program can restore a sense of self-efficacy, faith that the world is good, confidence that there are people who want to help, and support that you’re not on this road alone.

Both Christian and traditional rehab provide therapies, support, and tools to help you dial into the underlying causes of addiction, and to treat addiction head on so you can live free again. The difference is that faith-based rehab can restore a person’s faith in God, and life, and build a spiritual foundation that can serve as a foundation of strength and support for life. Because we know, life isn’t easy… and having a compass to guide you on the right path when you feel vulnerable or tempted is important.

Do I Have To Be A Christian To Do Faith-Based Rehab?

We’re glad you asked—and the simple way of answering this is, no. You do not have to be a Christian today to enroll in or participate in a faith-based rehab program to recover from addiction. The principles taught and connection to a higher power that is forged during faith-based healing session can be valuable for anyone. If you’ve never stepped into a church in your life, that’s O.K. If you aren’t sure if you believe in a God, that’s O.K., too.

Of course, the foundation of Christian therapy is the Bible, which is technically the most well-read history book in the world, rich with lessons and stories about overcoming struggle, finding peace, discovering acceptance and how to love and be loved. If you can identify a need for any of these core needs in your life, maybe you should consider a faith-focused program.

What naturally happens during rehab is that connections are forged—you can surrender to a higher power. Let go, let God. You can find self-acceptance because you are loved unconditionally. This is a tremendously healing realization for many people who can trace addiction to the roots of neglect, depression, anxiety, family stress or personal crises. Faith-based rehab often provides a spiritual roadmap for the future, and this is valuable for navigating the challenges that life brings during addiction treatment and after recovery.

How Do I Find A Program That I Can Trust?

Is the addiction program aligned with a church? How does a typical Christian group therapy session run? What follow-up support is provided? These are questions to ask a rehab center when inquiring about their recovery programs. Just as no two traditional rehab programs are alike, a Bible-centered approach should consider the individual and be tailored to the participant who can connect personally, deeply, at his or her own pace.

Recovery from a drug or alcohol problem is a road that a person walks for the rest of life. With the support of a Bible-focused recovery program, individuals struggling with addiction can find the support, faith, and love they need to continue living healthy and whole.

Contact an addiction specialist today or give us a call at 877-284-0353 and ask us anything about our addiction treatment programs. Let’s talk more about how our Bible-based rehab program works, and whether this approach might be right for you. Whether you are struggling with addiction, or know someone who is, we want to provide information to help you on the path to recovery.