Faith-based therapies in drug addiction treatment
People who have strong ties to their faith or would like to explore their faith can benefit from faith-based drug treatment programs. For some people, faith and/or religion is a huge part of their addiction recovery and dictates how they go about relapse prevention when triggered by stressful events, people, and memories.
From getting involved in an active religious recovery community to motivating themselves to lend the faith healing forward, faith-based methods can ground an individual with a relationship beyond them. Those who feel like they may have had a “fallen from grace” moment can learn to embrace their faith again. And for newcomers to spiritual belief, faith-based drug treatment can give them security that they’re not alone in this world.
As the name suggests, faith-based drug treatment programs incorporate a spiritual or religious factor into addiction treatment. These programs can either follow a specific religion, such as Christianity, or can involve a spiritual tract that encompasses the general idea of a higher power without excluding other beliefs.
Those who are feeling agnostic or unsure about their faith may benefit from drug treatment programs that offer faith-based tracts alongside secular, evidence-based treatment methods. This can allow an individual to explore their faith without feeling like they are being forced to convert to a specific religion.
People of specific faiths should pursue treatment centers that cater to their religious beliefs. Christian clients may enjoy Bible-based treatment methods, where they can incorporate the salvation of Jesus Christ into their addiction recovery to help them accept their past. Jewish clients may pursue programs that combine Judaism with their treatment and discuss how addiction has affected their religious beliefs, culture, and family.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) formed in the 193s and started off primarily as a Christian-based recovery group designed for alcoholics from alcoholics. Since its formation, AA has become the basis of most 12-step programs, but separate charters of the group now extend to general faith-based methodology and secular practices. People in recovery can pursue their faith in recovery however makes them feel comfortable and stronger in their sobriety.
Faith-based drug treatment programs aim to emphasize to clients that people who believe in God can struggle with drug and alcohol addiction—and more importantly, they can get better and live fulfilling, sober lives.
There are some people who have rejected God or their higher power in the past and feel like that played a part in their addiction. By approaching drug treatment with a spiritual perspective, clients can address the spiritual void they experienced before treatment and welcome faith back into their heart and soul as they enter recovery.
Faith-based treatment can act like holistic therapy, in that there is a mind-body-spirit approach to drug treatment by incorporating faith back into the client’s life. Some of the services of faith-based drug treatment can include:
Faith-based drug treatment can also address other behavioral addictions alongside substance abuse addictions. People who may have developed sex/pornography, gambling, or food/eating disorder addictions can also benefit from getting more in touch with their faith.
Faith-based programs emphasize that everything is correlated when people turn away from their faith. Understanding how addiction affects a person’s spiritual beliefs can only help people grow into healthier individuals who can now embrace their recovery.
The great thing about faith-based drug treatment is that the journey toward recovery can go parallel with a journey in your faith. There are many benefits to following a faith tract in recovery, especially for people who just re-entered life after treatment.
Some of the benefits of faith-based treatment include:
For many people in recovery, the ability to believe in a higher power and understand their relationship with God gives them comfort in sobriety. Many believers find comfort in having a deeper meaning in faith, life, and spirituality. Faith can provide purpose to a person’s life and reassurance that their struggles and pain had meaning and lessons to learn from as they get closer to God.
People in recovery who get in touch with their faith often find that they want to “pay it forward” and help others seek solace in spirituality in their recovery as well. This can open the doors to truly helping others out of addiction, even if it’s only for one person. Recovering addicts can also help people understand that you can have a past filled with substance abuse and still be able to come out of that as a person of faith, as long as you’re ready for forgiveness and the hard work that comes with it.
Spiritual people can be some of the most loving, nurturing folks there are. To act in good faith is to accept people for their faults, their past, and their willingness to change. People in recovery who feel vulnerable and alone after treatment can seek solace in a recovery community that also practices faith. From AA chapters to Celebrate Recovery, faith-based recovery groups welcome everyone with open arms to spread goodwill and fellowship.
Not everyone needs to pursue faith to have a fulfilling recovery, which is why it’s recommended for people who are on the fence about their faith to also enroll in programs that offer secular treatment services.
For those who do want to incorporate faith into their drug treatment and recovery, enrolling into a faith-based drug treatment center can ground clients in their spirituality and give them confidence to believe in a higher power again.
Joining a faith-based recovery community can open the doors to new friendships and greater bonds. If you pursue your own faith, you’ll also find that you’ll also find faith in yourself. Start your recovery today!