Are Christian Rehab Facilities the Answer to Your Addiction Problems?

Are Christian Rehab Facilities the Answer to Your Addiction Problems?


Christian rehab facilities offer an alternative to the traditional 12 step based drug rehabs that are so common.  Now there is nothing inherently wrong with Christian rehab, nor is there anything necessarily wrong with traditional 12 step recovery, but the key is to find something that works for you and helps you to recover.

So many people get offended when you suggest religion as a solution.  This is understandable, but it is also a bit of a block to success for some people.  We know this because of the stories we hear from people who have gone through Christian drug rehabs.  Some of them will tell of how they were basically homeless and had no where to go and were basically forced into a Christian rehab.  At the time they were dead set against religion of any sort and wanted no part in it as a model for recovery.  But because they were homeless they had no choice.  Well, some of these people were completely “converted” and others simply grew tolerant of the idea without becoming a religious fanatic.  There is a whole range of stories out there and if you talk with people who have had the experience of going to Christian rehabs, then you can get an idea of what to expect and how well the program works for various people.

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Now to be fair, if you do this experiment, you should probably compare the results that you get with people who have attended non-religious rehab as well.  If you talk with a decent sized sample from both camps, you are going to find that success rates are pretty low regardless of what kind of treatment model is used. Christian rehab will have a lot of relapsed individuals, but so will the 12 step programs.  That is just the way it is as success rates in general are not going to be real high in recovery.

Now given that, it makes sense to keep an open mind when examining new treatment models, including religious ones.  There are lots of addicts and alcoholics who have gone to plenty of traditional rehab facilities without success.  Why not try alternative treatment?  They say that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.  Well, many people continue to go to a 12 step program, over and over again, despite continuous relapses.  Maybe it is time to try something different, no?  Keep trying new forms of treatment until you find something that works for you.

You should probably seek Christian rehab if you:

1) Have a background in religion and think that it would be an appropriate fit.

2) Have had some success in the past by using religious beliefs to overcome obstacles in your life.

3) Believe that faith is the ultimate answer to addiction.

The amazing thing is that some people who are not really open to the idea of religious conversion have still found success with it.  How?  Because they were desperate for help, and the only place left that would take them in was religious based.  Thus, sometimes these things work in spite of ourselves.