I’m a Christian, but I doubt my minister could pick me out a lineup…which is understandable, as I’m more of an Easter and weddings and funerals kind of church goer.
Because of this, when my family was arranging for my first stay in rehab they decided that I’d benefit from more of a secular facility, one that removed the word God from the equation; and I can’t argue with success, it worked and I learned a lot of what keeps me sober every day during that month away. But still, when you look at the recovery statistics offered by Christian rehab facilities, they offer a powerful argument for their philosophy of treatment.
Additionally, when most recovery programs are using some form of the 12 steps program as a part of their treatment philosophy, it’s not much of a stretch to start calling "higher power" Jesus Christ, and start praying to someone specific. If you believe in a Christian god, you may want to consider a Christian rehab facility.
Christian rehab works in many ways very similarly to a conventional rehab, and there will be elements, such as a medically supervised detox, cognitive training and drug education that will be almost identical, but where these Christian programs differ is through the use of the bible. A Christian rehab program will incorporate the bible into all aspects of the therapy; and prayer, scripture study and bible group classes will be as much a part of the healing as group sessions are in a conventional rehab.
A Christian rehab program uses the bible to offer the faithful a concrete and lasting guide book to behavior and against temptation. Using the bible as strength and solace, Christian recovery hopefuls learn that the lessons they’re learning are the lessons of the ages, and that even though they may have acted very badly, they can find redemption in the Christian church and in the eyes of God. Christian rehabs don’t ignore what’s good and what’s proven effective in a conventional rehab, but they tend to the spiritual as much as to the physical, and they try to heal the soul as they heal the sins of the body.
I’ve never used a Christian rehab, but if I ever need to go again, I’ll think long and hard about going to a facility that offers the kind of lasting training and spiritual guidance that have proven so effective for so many. You need not be a Christian to participate, but you must be ready to accept Jesus Christ and to use His strength for your salvation. There are many hundreds of Christian rehab facilities and programs across the nation.