The Catholic Faith And Drug And Alcohol Rehab
Addiction cuts across all demographics, and similar to people of any religion, even the most devout of Catholics can fall victim to addiction. In Catholicism, addiction is viewed as a direct threat to both a person’s physical body and their spiritual pathway into the kingdom of heaven. The Catholic Church has taken a firm stance against substance abuse, in all forms, for centuries. However, the Church also understands that people make mistakes and knows that addiction is a disease that can’t simply be prayed away. If a parish member falls victim to addiction, the Catholic Church provides resources to aid the way back to sobriety, including directly providing drug and alcohol rehab.
There are now countless Catholic-based addiction treatment centers that are directly affiliated with the Church and Church agencies across the US. The Catholic Church believe that if an individual wants true healing, there has to be a deeper truth involved. Under this type of faith-based treatment, sin has to be acknowledged in order to receive the curative aspects of the faith, and although this may be hard, the acknowledgement of wrongdoing sets the mind and body free so that a person can fully heal from addiction.
The Church believes that anyone can overcome addiction by attending the proper recovery program and dedicating themselves to a sober Catholic sacramental life. In addition to rehabilitating members by way of detox and individualized therapies, Catholic addiction treatment programs integrate facets of religion to find the root cause of addiction and strengthen members’ relationships with God.
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Types Of Catholic Drug And Alcohol Rehab
There are many types of Catholic addiction treatment programs available for those seeking help, including private and luxury rehabs, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and local parish support groups. There are several components to each type of program, but all focus on the belief that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the primary basis for recovery from addiction. The Church considers addiction to be both a sin and disease that can only be overcome with the invocation of prayers, scripture, and a strong belief in the Holy Trinity.
The elements found in these Church-affiliated programs are similar to those of other non-denominational addiction treatment and recovery programs, but also include the following religious aspects:
- 12-Step programs that are faith-based
- Bible study sessions and related scriptural teachings
- Daily prayer and reflection sessions
- Lectures and sermons that discuss addiction in terms of the Catholic faith
- Ministerial and pastoral counseling
- Attendance of regular church services
It’s important to note that in addition to faith-based techniques, the Catholic Church also recognizes the importance of evidence-based methodologies and includes these in drug and alcohol rehab as well. Catholic addiction treatment then incorporates core religious tenants like atonement and worship in addition to evidenced-based practices such as detoxification and counseling.
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Benefits Of Catholic Addiction Treatment
The primary benefit of this type of addiction treatment is that it enhances the recovery process by incorporating Catholic faith perspectives, which have proven to reduce relapse rates. The following benefits all provide clients with opportunities to grow in faith and knowledge of God’s word:
- Catholic-based drug rehabilitation therapies
- Support through 12-step, self-discovery, and self-inventory therapies
- Targeted holistic therapies with a focus on mindfulness and self
- Communal spiritual and pastoral support post-treatment
Catholic rehab programs rely heavily on communication; communication with others who are struggling with an addiction, with family and loved ones, and with counselors and clergy. Catholic priests, theologians, and healthcare providers all play an important role in this religion-based addiction treatment.
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There are several different types of Catholic drug and alcohol rehab centers, and any one of them could be a wonderful resource for someone struggling with addiction. If you are a religious individual, you may find that connecting with your Catholic faith in one of these facilities can help to facilitate long-term recovery.
If you think that you or a loved one could benefit from this type of addiction treatment, contact a treatment provider and learn about your options today.
Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
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