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An estimated 75% of Americans say that their approach to life is directly affected by their religious and spiritual beliefs. But believers of any faith can fall prey to drug or alcohol addiction, and need help to overcome it in a rehab setting. For some individuals, faith based rehab can be more beneficial than traditional rehab when they are already a religious or spiritual person or would like to newly incorporate religion into their lives as part of their recovery. Faith based rehab programs make it possible for an individual in treatment to be able to share their religious beliefs freely and without judgment, and to utilize these beliefs as the foundation of their treatment with the support of treatment counselors who are as convicted as they are in these beliefs.
Faith based rehab is becoming more popular, as people are looking to religion more and more for answers to problems such as drug and alcohol addiction. However, faith based rehabs are more scarce than traditional rehab programs which don't incorporate religion. Studies indicate that indeed over 80% of Americans believe that religion and spirituality directly impacts their mental, emotional and spiritual state; three-quarters of which indicate that it would be essential for them to consult with a treatment counselor who incorporates the same religious beliefs and values that they believe in into the treatment process, which is why faith based rehab has become so appealing. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers etc. share in the belief that the incorporation of religion into the treatment process can positively impact it. So it may take some looking into to find an authentically faith based rehab that is right for you or someone you care about, but they do exist in many different settings and formats.
The reason why faith based rehabs are so helpful for clients who do participate in them is because of the fact that they provide a much more holistic and comprehensive approach than secular programs. Most secular rehab programs only work to restore physical health and stability and provide counseling and therapy to help an individual be better able to cope with things in their lives which first triggered their substance abuse. In faith based programs, counselors also understand the need to help restore an individual's spiritual well-being, and to utilize their belief to give their lives meaning and a higher purpose. Clients in faith based rehab are encouraged to turn to this purpose and their belief system, whatever that may be, to regain physical, mental and spiritual health that can be sustainable and unaffected by outside influences which may look to drag them back into a life of addiction.
Faith based rehabs that are Christian-based are the most common, but these programs are often tolerant of other faiths and welcome individuals of any belief system and religious background. Even if someone has never practiced Christianity or any other religion, they will always be welcome at a faith based rehab if they have interest in utilizing religion and spirituality as part of the treatment process. There are other faith based rehabs that cater to specific religions other than Christianity, including Jewish programs and Latter Day Saints (LDS) rehabs for example, and you can find out if your preferred religion has a faith based rehab program available by consulting with your local chapter or church.
Depending on which type of faith based rehab you are interested in, these rehabs utilize traditional treatment techniques but also incorporate prayer, bible study or studying of materials from that particular religious or belief system, pastoral counseling, and individual and group therapy and prayer sessions. Clients are encouraged to find a way to keep these practices a part of their daily lives, even following rehab, so that they have an outlet to turn to when they are having a difficult time in their lives which would normally cause them to turn to drugs or alcohol. Individuals don't necessarily have to become "holy rollers" to have a higher quality of life because they have found the need to incorporate spirituality and religion into their treatment process and daily lives. But clients in a faith based rehab are encouraged to practice their religion and belief system in any way possible and at whatever intensity that works for them in their daily lives from here on out that encourages a drug free lifestyle.
One of the things which makes faith based rehab an extremely successful venture for many treatment clients is the fact that you are in a setting which offers positive reinforcement from the fellowship of other people in treatment who are also turning to or relying on faith and spirituality to recover from addiction. When going through such a difficult process, being able to lean on one's peers who believe in the process and how one's faith and religion can positively affect the outcome is highly beneficial. In a faith based rehab, all individuals in recovery tend to agree on adopting a higher moral standard for themselves and understand how important it is to try and be a better person through their faith. This isn't necessarily the case in a secular rehab, where individuals won't necessarily have these morals and standards instilled into them as part of the treatment process or following treatment. Whereas faith based rehab clients can continue to turn to their faith and spirituality following treatment as a means to stay off of drugs and alcohol for good.
Because individuals who are in rehab may have a difficult time transitioning back to a normal life once rehab is complete, many faith based rehab programs work with local chapters and other churches and even secular organizations which support their efforts to provide transitional assistance for clients who need it. This could be transitional housing where they can stay temporarily until they find something more stable, which is often essential for individuals who have just completed rehab and need to reorganize their lives so that they don't go straight back to things and people which trigger or encourage their substance abuse problem.
So whether you are seeking a means to become drug or alcohol free through Christianity or any other belief system, faith based rehab could be the solution that many individuals are looking for particularly when secular rehab hasn't been helpful in the past. Faith based rehab can be helpful at not only strengthening your connection with God if this is what you want to lean on for strength during treatment, but also gaining a better understanding of your own spiritual side and ability to make the moral choices which will encourage a drug free lifestyle. Addiction can cause a person to feel empty, purposeless, and guilt ridden and secular rehab may not be able to help address these issues whereas faith based rehab can. Faith based rehabs can help individuals have a purpose that is worth living for, restore one's spiritual connection with oneself and a higher power, and also help an individual become unburdened of their guilt by providing a means to make amends to those who they have wronged during the course of their addiction.