Should you attend a faith based drug rehab? Do they work as well as traditional, non-religious rehab centers? Do they work at all and can people stay clean and sober through working a religious based program?
These are excellent questions and anyone who is serious about getting clean and sober needs to be asking them, especially if they are considering attending a faith based rehab.
Now it is often the case that when someone is wondering about these types of programs, they are sort of at “the last house on the block” and do not have a lot of options. Perhaps they are being kicked out of their family’s house due to drug and alcohol use, and they don’t really have a lot of options anyway. There may not be hundreds of different rehab centers all lined up for them to choose which one they want to go to. Even if there are several choices, the addict in question may not have the luxury of choosing simply due to financing. In some cases, religious based treatment is cheap or even free, while non-religious alternatives might cost quite a bit of money.
The bottom line is that a lot of people who end up going to a religious treatment center do not have much choice in the matter. They go because they have no where else to turn.
If this is your situation then I would urge you to keep an open mind about faith based treatment. The fact of the matter is that I have seen living proof that religious treatment can work for people, just as “traditional rehab” can work in some cases. I know of at least 2 people personally who have had good success with a religious rehab center, and these 2 people were not particularly religious to begin with (nor do they consider themselves to be “converted” at this point).
In 12 step programs, they have a saying that goes: “Take what you need and leave the rest.” Why do we find this so hard to do when it comes to religion? Would you attend a treatment center if it was a different religion than what you are used to? Why such strong defenses against this idea? I think many people just get offended at the idea that someone might force new beliefs on them. But you can attend a religious treatment center without necessarily adopting new beliefs. You might consider new ideas and see if they work for you, and if not, then move on and try other strategies.
You are not your religion. If you have no religion, and you are exposed to one, it is not going to change who you are. You are you and God knows this. If you have the opportunity to get clean and sober in a religious treatment center, I say….do it. Take what you need there and leave the rest. Discard your prejudices against religious ideas if they are not helping you.
Don’t block yourself from getting the help you need.