When looking for a center that is Faith-based, you will find that almost all these rehab centers are Christian-based programs and most of them will be very fundamental in their Christian philosophy. This attitude would be expected of any program that is attempting to help someone discover spiritual support that will take away an addiction that has completely overtaken a person’s life.
In our surveys of Christian-based rehab centers, we have found that the majority of the programs will openly admit that their goal is to help the addict find “salvation” or to help them “find a personal relationship with Christ”. These terms are meaningful for anyone coming from a fundamental Christian faith, but they are alien ideas and terms to most addicts and alcoholics. These are not the usual clinical goals or most rehab centers nor do they meet any of the diagnostic criteria of established therapeutic programs. However, the ultimate goal of all alcohol and drug rehab centers is to help the addict and alcoholic live a productive life free from his addiction. The Christian-based program has as much certainty that their modality of care is as valid as any of the 12-step practices and results.
Most alcohol and drug rehab centers will admit that a major component of their recovery program is based on strong spiritual principals. All 12-step programs put an emphasis on one’s “higher Power”, meaning one’s personal interpretation of a personal God. Prayer, meditation and other spiritual endeavors are almost the total clinical regime of most 12-step rehab programs. the main difference between a 12-stip program’s spiritual efforts and those of a Faith-based program would the the latter’s emphasis on the defining moment when one was accepted by Christ and the knowingness of that moment when one was forgiven of any of their past that causes them shame and begins to feel that he has had an epiphany that he knows will be the beginning of a continued relationship with his Lord that will sustain him through the struggles of recovery from alcohol and other drugs.
The only alcohol and drug rehab programs that ignore the value of a spiritual component are those “medical” programs that are using other drugs to change the addiction, rather than recognizing that a person can function better without any chemical manipulations.
In evaluating the successes of Christian and/or Faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs, one finds that the outcomes run at approximately the same success level as those of most 12-step programs, between 3-10% success. However, if the addicted person has had a long and successful life within a loving church community and his foundations are from this orientation, than he would naturally have a better success than someone who hasn’t had this type of family beliefs.
It is often said that “All Successful Programs Must Have a Spiritual Component” and this statement is more true of alcohol and drug rehab programs than it is of any other form of medical or rehabilitation treatment. Most addicts and alcoholics will admit that they have always had a longing for some type of a spiritual fulfillment and that could be unique to our population, but only in terms of its importance to one’s life since it is also typical of all human beings to seek a spiritual component in their lives and most people don’t need to abuse alcohol and other drugs to reach that desire.
In seeking a Christian-based alcohol or drug rehab center, it is important to be sure that they are providing a substantial physiological treatment component. You need to be free of the physical addiction to alcohol and other drugs so that you can rejoice in your spiritual life. Call us to discuss this further.