Someone asked me recently: “Should I go to a Christian drug treatment center?”
“Heck yeah!” I said. What have you got to lose, really?
Looking back at my own situation, I think I would have gone to a Christian rehab too, if someone had suggested it at the time. I was desperate and the type of treatment center was just not that important to me. Personally, I was raised Christian, but if you are beat down from addiction and you really are desperate for help, I don’t think you are going to care much if a treatment center has a certain religious affiliation or not.
If it really is that big of a deal to you, then simply don’t go to treatment. If you are desperate enough, then it will work for you. There is no magic in any particular religion. But guess what: there is no magic in 12 step programs, either. Religion is religion, no matter what label you try to put on it. So why do people freak out so much when you offer to help them with religious strings attached?
I met some guys recently who come to the treatment center I work at and chair 12 step meetings. They have been clean and sober now for over a year and they are outstanding guys. One of them got clean at the rehab I work for, and now they both live in a Christian based long term treatment center. So I asked them what they thought about Christian rehab.
They said it was not half bad. Neither one of them is real big into the religious aspect of it, but they do not find it offensive in any way. They have taken what they needed from it and used it to help them in their program. Are they converted bible thumpers that are ready to go door to door in order to save the world now? Of course not. But they have found a path that works for them and they have no problems tolerating the Christian environment that they live in.
So many people get offended instantly when you challenge them with religion like this. If they are not normally religious people, and you merely suggest that they go to a place like a Christian treatment center, they practically flip out with disgust. It is like you are suggesting they burn themselves at the stake. Why get so offended? Why does it personally challenge people in such a harsh way? Why the extreme reactions to it?
I don’t really know, but I do know that people get a lot more reasonable when they are knocking on death’s door due to their addiction and they reach that point where no one else will take them in. Finally they will accept help with the religious strings attached.
I say: give it a try, it might work for you. I see it working for others.
And if it doesn’t work out, just move on. Go find a different solution. No one will force you to adopt a religion against your will.
Experiment and find what works for you. Stay open minded and explore your recovery.