Christian drug rehabilitation combines Christian principles and values with spirituality and faith to help in the recovery of addicts.
Drug addiction is one of the major issues that many teenagers and adolescents are trying to cope with. The number of people who use harmful drugs is increasing by the day, and so is the need for drug rehabilitation. Not everyone suffering from addiction opts for rehab, the reason being lack of determination and will. Most of those who successfully complete the process of rehabilitation, tend to fall back into their old habits sooner or later. However, constant efforts are being made to introduce rehabilitation programs that not only frees addicts from their addiction, but also eliminates all possibilities of getting back to it. Christian drug rehabilitation is one such endeavor.
Essence of Christian Drug Rehabilitation
The rehabilitation process focuses on the beliefs and principles of Christianity. Spirituality and faith form the essence of this rehab program. The approach is based on scriptures, biblical teachings, and prayers. It emphasizes on the need for healing the mind, body, and soul, in addition to overcoming addiction. The treatment administered is based on the faith that Christ alone can heal people, can free them from addiction, and can take them on a path of painless physical and mental recovery. This therapy inculcates the faith that by accepting the will of God, they can begin their journey towards complete rehabilitation, and the love of Christ will help them to recover.
Christian drug rehabilitation incorporates various procedures in order to ensure complete healing of an addict. Apart from the usual drug addiction treatment, programs like study of the scriptures and the Bible, church visits, religious services, daily chapel services, service to others, group discussions, pastoral counseling, etc. are incorporated. These programs help the addict to cope effectively during the recovery process. They also learn the reason for their addiction and the adverse effects that it has had on his/her family and loved ones. An important feature of this treatment is the involvement of the addicts family in the process of his/her recovery. It tries to rebuild the addicts relationship with his/her family and loved ones. Their love and support aids the rehabilitation process and also helps the addict regain his/her lost faith and confidence. The scriptures reinstate the Christian principles in the person’s daily life, thereby motivating him/her to abstain from drugs. It also incorporates the 12 step recovery program introduced by the Alcoholic Anonymous. This 12 step program is merged with biblical teachings. Through this program, the addicts are spiritually awakened, which helps them gain control over their addiction, that once took over their lives. The addicts admit all their wrongdoing to God, themselves, and others, accept that God alone can mend their character and eliminate all shortcomings. They make a list of all the people that they have hurt or harmed due to their addiction and agree to make amends. The addicts agree to be consistently aware of their wrongs, admit them, and improve themselves through prayer and meditation. They also agree to understand God and the plan that God has for them. Through this program, the addicts promise to practice the principles of biblical teachings throughout their lives.
As per studies, addicts recovering through the above therapy remain sober and are less likely to relapse.