Christian Drug Rehab: Faith-Based Drug Rehabilitation

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Christian rehabs are programs designed to put God at the center of getting clean from addiction. These faith-based rehab centers utilize proven best practices and innovative therapies, infusing them with religious principles and spiritual guidance. Here are the things patients should know when choosing a spiritual rehab center.

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Christian Rehab: General Overview

Christian rehab centers are not other rehabs. They use proven therapies and other services to help people battle their addictions and live a clean life. The key feature that separates them from other rehabs is that they help people connect to God as their higher power while getting clean.

Distinguishing aspect that sets them apart from other rehabilitation clinics is that they tend to go beyond treating just substance abuse. Christian sex addiction counseling, food addiction therapy, and porn addiction treatment are all commonly offered at these faith-based rehabs. Thus, someone can get Christian help for porn addiction while also addressing other addictions and underlying behavioral disorders that fuel them.

Like any type of rehab, Christian addiction counseling can be beneficial not for everyone. To evaluate a program, the patient needs to know what all it includes beyond the faith it is centered on.

Faith-Based Recovery Program: What Does It Include?

Christian drug treatment centers follow the same four steps that nearly all drug rehabs, of any type, use to structure their program. These are as follows:

  • Patient assessment, where medical and psychiatric evaluations are used to determine the needs of the patient and to zero in on the best forms of treatment.
  • Detox, where the patient is safely weaned off the substance they are abusing, allowing them to get sober and healthy.
  • Addiction treatment, which can utilize a wide variety of therapies and structures, depending on the facility.
  • Aftercare, helping the patient remain clean even once they are no longer in active Christian rehab.

Faith-based drug rehab centers infuse these steps with ties to spirituality and religion to help patients tie their journey to something greater than themselves and to give them additional accountability. Spiritual guidance is offered by staff who share the same faith. In most cases, there are also faith leaders who come to the center often or even reside there full time.

The therapies used in addiction treatment may be more general, or they could specifically be Christian-developed programs.

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Standalone 12-Step Approach

The 12-step approach is often used in conjunction with other therapies for Christian alcoholism rehab and more. However, it can also be used on its own. While this approach is often presented in non-religious ways, it has its roots as a Christian rehab method. This can clearly be seen in the steps of the rehab program. For example, in step two, users must come to see that a power greater than themselves is needed to restore sanity—this higher power in the Christian interpretation being God and Jesus Christ. Step three is to turn one’s life and will over to God. Other steps are similarly tied to religious principles.

Celebrate Recovery Approach

The Celebrate Recovery approach was created by Pastor Rick Warren in response to 12-step programs lessening their connection to God and Christ. It can be used in faith-based alcohol treatment centers, drug rehab facilities, and for overcoming most any addiction in a spiritual way. The program is specifically based on the Beatitudes and encourages participants to take things out of their own hands and place them into the hands of Christ. There is a strong focus on letting go of blame, both self-blame and that directed towards others. The program centers on small groups to help foster fellowship within the faith-based rehab community.

Potter’s House Approach

The Potter’s House approach is one that strictly focuses on addiction recovery. It is not meant to treat co-occurring disorders, and pharmaceutical interventions are not offered. It is a Christian-based alcohol rehab and drug rehab that combines vocational training, work-therapy, church participation, and therapeutic programming to give residents the ability to live a better life.

Lazarus Project Approach

The Lazarus Project is offered through Bethany Church. However, it can be adapted by other Christian addiction treatment centers. It is a year-long program that requires a full-time commitment from the patients. The program emphasizes developing the body, soul, and spirit. Elements include:

  • exercise
  • classroom training
  • community service
  • Bible study
  • B-Group meetings.

Participants work directly with a mentor throughout the program, and once finished, can become mentors themselves.

Combined Treatment

Christian drug treatment programs do not have to use just one of these approaches. In fact, these rehabs rarely do, instead of combining them and others in ways that best benefit patients. Users have to evaluate a facility and its offerings before determining which is right for them.

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Christian Recovery Programs: Types Of Facilities

Christian recovery programs can be held in a variety of facility types. In many cases, rehab will target a specific population based on the goals of their ministry. Their facility may also be defined by whether they offer residential care, medical treatments, or strictly offer outpatient therapy. Ultimately, faith-based recovery programs are as diverse as their patients. Some common Christian drug rehabilitation program facilities are:

  • Christian detox and rehab facilities, which offer inpatient and medical services. This means that the patients both live full-time at the facility and have access to medical and pharmaceutical treatments. Patients are allowed to enter these Christian rehab facilities without having stopped use of the substance they are abusing.
  • Christian inpatient treatment rehabs, where patients must be free of the substance they are abusing and have gone through detox prior to arrival, but still live full-time at the inpatient facility during treatment. These facilities may or may not offer drug-based addiction management.
  • Christian partial hospitalization program facilities, where the patients live at home throughout treatment, but they spend their mornings and afternoons at the PHP facility. These facilities rarely offer detox programs, but they might offer medication-based addiction management.
  • Christian intensive outpatient program facilities, which allow patients enough time outside of therapy to still work and meet their familial responsibilities. In most cases, IOP programs last for about three hours a day, which can be broken up into two blocks to work around the schedule of the patient. They offer intensive therapy.
  • Christian outpatient drug rehab centers, which are similar to intensive outpatient programs. However, they tend to require fewer hours at the facility and give patients more days off. The outpatient rehabilitation also tends not to be so intense as patients in these programs have usually completed more in-depth ones.
  • Christian teen rehab centers are simply facilities that strictly offer treatment to teenage patients. These can be inpatient, partial hospitalization, or outpatient. What sets teen rehabs apart is they only serve a specific age bracket and get to tailor their approaches to the needs of adolescent individuals.
  • Christian rehab centers for men are similar to teen rehab centers in that they can be set up in most any manner but serve a specific community. In this case, they strictly serve male patients. Men-only centers may or may not employ an all-male staff, so if the patient needs a fully male rehab environment, they should speak to the facility about that before enrolling.
  • Christian rehab for women, as with rehab for men, can be set up in a variety of ways but only serves one gender—in this case, females. Some of the women-only centers employ only female staff, while most will have mixed-gender staff. Women who have suffered gender-based trauma might prefer a fully female environment and can seek this out.

Because these facilities are so varied, patients should do plenty of research before settling on a faith-based rehab facility.

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Benefits Of Christian Rehab

Because non-spiritual rehabs can also serve Christian patients, people may wonder why they should even consider a religious facility. For people of faith, there can be significant benefits to opting for Christian addiction rehab. These include:

  • Attention to the whole self — body, soul, and spirit
  • Affordability, as these programs tend to be cheaper than other options, even free
  • Having an instant sense of community at the center due to a shared faith
  • Treating underlying conditions in a more spiritual manner rather than in a clinical way
  • Feeling accountable to a higher power rather than just oneself
  • Having an automatic community outside the facility for an easier transition
  • A focus on forgiveness, which can help patients move past traumas
  • A chance to reconnect with God if the patient has lost their way
  • The ability to continue to connect with God, even when in a residential facility

Because of these benefits, many people of faith prefer to get clean at Christian rehabilitation centers. Of course, it is natural for potential patients to question their effectiveness.

Ultimately, statistics do not show faith-based rehabs being more or less effective than their secular counterparts. Both use proven methods for helping people get clean—it is just that Christian rehabs offer something particularly beneficial to Christian patients.

Cost Of Christian Rehab Treatment

In general, Christian rehabs are cheaper than secular options because they are often run by churches and other non-profit organizations. How affordable these rehabs are will vary. Some are free of charge, others use a sliding scale, while others may be expensive enough that patients have to look into other ways to afford treatment.

Some payment options include:

  • Paying out of pocket for the full cost of treatment. Patients can ask about flexible payment plans and sliding scale fees.
  • Using insurance benefits to cover all or part of treatment. The Affordable Care Act mandated that substance abuse treatment be considered in the essential benefits of private and public insurance plans.
  • Scholarships, grants, and sponsorships can also be used. Some of these are from the government, usually at the state level. However, patients can also be sponsored by church communities, which can pay part or all of the cost of treatment.
  • Taking out a private loan to cover the treatment. This should generally be a last resort as debt could become a stressor that aggravates addiction.

In the end, there are many ways patients can afford treatment at a Christian rehab. Even if the price seems inaccessible, patients should not be afraid to ask about what options exist for them.

Ending Addiction And Living A Better Life

No matter what type of rehab a person chooses, getting treatment is the key to ending addiction. For some, Christian rehab is the perfect way to get clean. The Christian rehabs are available almost everywhere. To find them, one can speak with the physician or the pastor of the church he or she attends. In most cases, this information is freely shared for the sack of an addict’s recovery and returning to a sincere life with God in the heart.

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  • Samantha Richards
    I’m looking for help to get off meth and pills I’ve been a addict for 15 year’s
    • Rachel
      I live in Lee’s summit and want a faith based drug rehab. Program. What’s is available near me
      • Jessica
        Rachel, go to this website and type in your zip code to find an RU chapter near you. This is an amazing faith-based addiction treatment program with an 82% success rate. Praying you find the help you need.
    • Trey Freeman
      Find a church that is geared toward helping people who struggle with addiction.
  • Julie Marshall
    I live in shirleysburg,pa which is in Central Pennsylvania where is a facility near me I am 18 years old and suffer with a alcohol addiction I have been to rehab before but It didn’t help I relapsed with in 2 weeks after I got out I was raised n church but haven’t went to church much the last couple of years.
    • Jessica
      Julie,Get on this website and type in your zip code to see if there is an RU chapter in your area. RU (or Reformers Unanimous) is a faith-based recovery ministry with over 1,000 chapters worldwide. Even if there are no chapters, I would recommend getting back into a good bible believing, preaching church. I am also more than willing to talk to you if you need someone to listen. I am the Director of a faith-based women’s home in Altoona, PA and have degrees in Biblical Counseling. In Christ, Jessica
  • Lisa Martinez
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  • teddy baucom
    I am looking for a christian rehab for my 26 yr old daughter, now she is in detox and we have to put her in a rehab for alcoholism, we live 15 miles from charlotte nc but would like to get her somewhere maybe 100-200 miles away to let her be on her own but close enough to home, she would like to be in one that she can smoke at or have a smoke area
    • Jessica
      Teddy,I am the Director of “Place of Grace”, a 6-8 month faith-based residential treatment center for women in Altoona, PA. Contact me for more information.
  • Wendy
    I am looking for a faith based rehab for my daughter who just turned 25. She has struggled with opiate addiction for at least 6 years starting with oxycodone then Heroin. She has also used methamphetamine. She overdosed about a month ago. She’s sick and she’s tired of living this way. I don’t have the financial means to help her and she has no insurance. I don’t know where to turn. We live in Panama City, Florida but it doesn’t have to be here. We will find a way to get her where she needs to be. Please help
  • S.
    I am looking for a Bible believing, Faith based inpatient alcohol and drug addiction center as well for my 27 yr old son. It’s bad. Meth, heroine and so on. He’s in jail as I write this. It’s getting out of hand. I’m scared for him. I ask my Heavenly Father all the time, Please Lord Jesus don’t let my son perish