A Spiritual Foundation For Addiction Recovery
Someone struggling with addiction who considers themselves religious has other unique obstacles to recovery. People of faith might wrestle with what it means for their spirituality to abuse drugs and alcohol while being unable to stop using.
According to the Pew Research Center, 76.5% of Americans identified as religious in 2015.
Millions of people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction every year. Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their spirituality. Becoming addicted is not a moral or ethical failing — what you can control is the steps you take to overcome addiction.
More than 22.7 million Americans struggle with alcohol or drug abuse.
Faith-based drug rehabs can help religious people connect with their higher power to overcome drug abuse. These specialized drug rehabs allow recovering addicts’ religious beliefs to continue to grow during treatment.
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What Faith-Based Drug Rehab Offers
Faith-based drug recovery centers and programs address a recovering addict’s medical and spiritual needs. The spiritual element is a large focus of treatment, but traditional drug rehab techniques are also crucial. Standard methods like medically assisted detox and behavioral therapy are used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings, respectively.
Medical and psychological treatments might include:
- Drug detox
- Individual and group therapy
- Supervised medication for withdrawal symptoms
- Life skills and emotional coping training
Certified spiritual advisors are present for counseling and guidance during rehab. Individual and group sessions with these religious leaders help recovering addicts find peace through their faith.
Similar to recovery support groups like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous, faith-based drug rehabs unite those seeking treatment together in a tight-knit community. The emotional support enjoyed during group meetings and in private conversations can help to increase the chances for longterm recovery. Spiritual reflection and discussion with like-minded peers can empower recovering addicts against feelings of shame that often lead to relapse.
Faith-based drug rehabs allow those seeking treatment to include worship as part of their recovery plan. Spaces for prayer are available on-site to host religious services. Scripture readings, discussions, and meditations are commonplace in faith-based drug rehabs.
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Why Choose A Faith-Based Rehab?
A study conducted by Baylor University found that religious practice can help reduce harmful behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Supervised drug detox and mental health counseling can make faith-based recovery effective in battling addiction. The physical, emotional, and spiritual care these programs lend are important factors in achieving long-term recovery.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the importance of supporting these addiction treatment options. More than 800 faith-based community programs receive SAMHSA grants to help people of faith beat addiction.
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Inpatient and outpatient faith-based drug treatment programs are available across the country. There are also faith-based drug rehabs for many different religions — Christian, Jewish, Muslim and more. You will be surrounded by peers in faith looking to connect with a higher power for strength in sobriety. Contact a treatment provider today.
Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
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Dr. Bhatt has been Addiction Center's Medical Content Director for more than three years, providing his expertise to ensure quality and accuracy.
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
Expert in adult and child psychiatry
Over 20 years of professional experience