Drug and alcohol addiction can be difficult for anyone to deal with, but for someone who has a strong faith and community of family and friends who adhere to religious teachings, there is often the added uncertainty about how the addiction will impact the person’s faith and their connection to religious and church communities. For these people, a faith-based approach to substance abuse recovery can often help them find physical relief from their addiction and support from their faith community, and have a better chance at remaining sober in the long term.
The Basics on Faith-Based Recovery Programs
Most recovery centers that incorporate a religious approach to treatment do so by examining addiction from a spiritual point of view. They may try to find out what things have lead the person toward drugs and away from his or her faith, trying to determine if the person is trying to fill a void left by a lack of spirituality. By incorporating teachings and doctrines from a higher power, these programs help lift a person out of the addictive behaviors and into a secure place where they can gain support from the community and from a spiritual connection to a higher being.
What the Data Shows
Multiple studies have concluded that incorporating faith teachings into addiction recovery can help improve the chances that a person will remain sober. In fact, close to 8 in 10 Americans believe that faith can help addicted people recover, according to studies from the National Center on Addiction. The same study found that people who are most successful at maintaining sobriety for two or more years are those who have higher levels of faith.
How it Works
A successful faith-based recovery program generally combines faith teachings with other traditional recovery methods. Treatments might include a combination of some or all of the following:
- Spiritual education
- Developing or strengthening a relationship with God
- Forming habits of daily religious study, prayer, and meditation
- Learning more about drug or alcohol addiction
- Receiving counseling for drug addiction
- Physical detox to get through the withdrawal process
- Group therapy and group religious studies
In addition, these programs will often help people connect with their faith community in order to build support to prevent relapse in the future. The connections that you make during and right after your rehab can help you avoid addictive behaviors and situations in the future when you might face temptation, and give you a group of supporters who are there to help.
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