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Faith Based Treatment Programs/Christian Treatment Programs

Christians that have become addicted to substances can find it especially hard to deal with as many of them feel that they have disappointed God. Addiction is a mental disorder that can affect any person and it can change the way a person thinks and behaves. Faith based treatment programs/Christian treatment programs in Idaho are run by people who understand the struggles that a religious person goes through during an addiction and their recovery. The faith based treatment programs/Christian treatment programs are not for everyone but if you or a loved one has a connection to God or a higher power that is in need of repair, then the programs can be ideal.

 

Faith based treatment programs/Christian treatment programs: what are they?

 

These are programs at rehab facilities in Idaho for drug and alcohol addiction that are created to help people become close to a higher power such as God and recover from their addiction. At these centers, it is believed that an addiction only happens because a person lacks a love and devotion to God. The emptiness that is left as a result is that they are trying to fill with alcohol and drug abuse. The programs make use of traditional methods of treatment such as motivational incentives (using low-cost rewards to promote positive behavior) and combine them with religious teachings that can help the patient to reform their lives.

 

How does Christian/faith-based treatment help patients to achieve their goals?

 

There are differences between various faith-based treatment programs but many of them use the same methods to help their patients reach a maintained state of sobriety. Combining non-religious methods of treatment with religious teachings allows for a well-rounded treatment method.

 

The following are some of the ways in which a treatment program assists patients:

 

  • An important part of the program is drug addiction education so that the person can understand what is really happening to them.
  • Education on the principals that make spirituality.
  • A focus is put in developing the individual’s relationship with God or some higher power.
  • Drug counseling is performed to help patients understand their desire for drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Each person is expected to be involved with religious studies, meditation and prayer.
  • Relapse prevention skills are an important part of the programs as many people (between 40 and 60 percent) relapse after treatment.
  • People are expected to attend group religious studies as well as group therapy.
  • The rehab facilities help with the detoxification process, often through medication of the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on what substance was abused and how severe the addiction was.

 

Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

 

The 12-step programs (NA and AA), were initially created with a strong focus on religion. One of the first steps is the admit that the person is powerless to control their addiction and only God can help them regain their sanity. Many 12-step programs still follow these initial guidelines with success. Through 12-step programs, each person is guided through the steps required to reach a sober and happy state of being. Older members support newer members through the process and each person is given a sponsor, which is like a friend who is there for you in times where relapse is possible.

 

Ongoing support

 

After intensive treatment, a person can join support groups across the country as a way to avoid relapse. Individual and group therapy is still possible if a person stars to slip back into old patterns. Sober living environments can also be beneficial. These are houses where recovering addict live together, supporting each other and establishing a healthy lifestyle.