Why Choose Christian Over Secular Drug Treatment Facilities

May 28, 2014 - , - 0 Comments

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates losses due to substance abuse in the United States is at $600 billion every year for the areas of health, crime and productivity. However, when it comes down to the individual level, the emotional costs can easily feel as if they exceed the value of $600 billion. There is no price that can be put on a person suffering from addiction to substances or family members who are attempting to deal with the addiction.

A 2001 report from the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University entitled “So Help Me God: Substance Abuse, Religion and Spirituality” found that “God, religion and spirituality” are important yet missed in both the prevention as well as treatment of substance abuse. Secular treatment facilities are unlikely to incorporate Christian spirituality into treatment protocols or are likely to leave such areas open to individual exploration and interpretation. Conversely, Christian drug and alcohol treatment facilities are likely to deal with the spiritual facet directly as part of their prevention and treatment programs.

Drug and alcohol treatment programs that are Christian based take a different approach than most secular programs. Whereas a medically and psychologically based program deals with the mind and body in treatment, a Christian program is also going to consider the spiritual component. Secular programs operate on the premise that human behavior is solely the product of how the physical mind functions. Christian programs consider human beings to have a spirit that will continue to exist after death and is accountable to God. This adds a faith component that God will assist and intervene in the recovery of the addict.

Some secular programs attempt to incorporate a spiritual component by having a segment, or step, that includes involving a so-called “higher power” that could be a deity or anything else. Christian drug and alcohol counseling and treatment programs are likely to be based on the bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

With success being determined as continued abstinence from substance abuse, secular drug and alcohol treatment facilities have varying rates of success. The National Institute on Drug Abuse did a study indicating a 40 to 60 percent likelihood of relapse due to discontinuation of treatment at the end of rehabilitation. Christian-based programs have a built-in support system that essentially is a lifelong continuation of treatment as long as the person continues in the Christian faith. This may be the reason why some Christian programs demonstrate a success rate of 70 percent or higher.

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