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Pope Francis Calls Addiction a ‘New Form of Slavery’ in 2016 Workshop on Narcotics

February 19th, 2018

pope francis calls addiction a new form of slavery

One of the most important things to remember about addiction is that no one develops it by choice. As Pope Francis aptly put it back in November of 2016, drug addiction is a modern form of slavery that requires adequate rehabilitation to restore victims’ happiness, dignity, and lives.

Workshop on Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue

We cannot fall into the injustice of classigying them as if they were objects or broken junk; rather, every person should be valued. Pope Francis has always been an advocate of addiction recovery. He is one of the continually increasing number of people who understand that addiction is a disease and not an indication of weak morality. He does not fault people in recovery for their afflictions. In fact, the Pope places blame for addiction rates on the drug trade, calling it out as a primary source of the greed and corruption that plagues today’s society.

This was a point he made clear during a two-day conference called the “Workshop on Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue” back in 2016. This conference, which was organized by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences, provided information for and addressed issues surrounding:

  • an overview of different kinds of substances
  • drug use prevention methods, such as education
  • the impact of drug use and abuse on a global scale
  • the risks of both prescription and recreational drug use
  • a brief history of drug use from a cultural/geopolitical perspective

Pope Francis spoke to participants, stating that more support should be offered and more rehabilitation programs should be made available for individuals struggling with addiction. He went on to say:

“Drugs are a wound in our society, wound that traps many people in the networks. They are victims have lost their freedom to fall into slavery; slavery of a dependency we can call ‘chemistry.’”

A Loss of Freedom

During the Workshop on Narcotics, Pope Francis reaffirmed his long-standing belief that those who struggle with drug addiction have “lost their freedom” in “a new form of slavery.” The Pope also cited “the absence of a family, social pressure, propaganda from traffickers, [and] the desire to live new experiences” as potential causes of drug addiction. During his address of this issue, he said:

“[E]very addicted person brings with them a distinct personal history, which should be listened to, understood, loved, and, where possible, cured and purified. We cannot fall into the injustice of classifying them as if they were objects or broken junk; rather, every person should be valued and appreciated in their dignity in order to be cured. They continue to have, more than ever, dignity as persons and children of God.”

The Church’s View on Drugs and His Holiness’ Call to Action

The most needy of our brothers and sisters, who seemingly have nothing to give, offer us treasure

Pope Francis went on to discuss the harms of both supply and demand as they pertain to addictive narcotics like opioids. He pointed out during his speech that the supply of drugs is just as much an “important part of organized crime” as purchasing and consuming them. So, the best way to halt the progression of the opioid epidemic is to, in a sense, cut the supply with better implementation of education, prevention programs, social programs, and family support.

He also insisted that rehabilitation plays an essential role in the ongoing battle against drug addiction, and urged Federal agencies to assist. Many policies that are enforced today reflect what Pope Francis calls “the ineptitude of governments”— in other words, they go against addiction rehabilitation efforts instead of supporting them. These policies make addiction recovery difficult or almost impossible for many people and, as the Pope pointed out, could result in “the [addicted] victims [becoming] re-victimized.”

The Pope believes that the government’s influence could turn the tide if, instead of combatting those who use drugs, it shifted its focus and preventative measures towards the organized crime and corrupted businesses that drive drug trafficking and dealing. During his discussion of this during the conference, Pope Francis reminded the attendees that the whole purpose of ending the opioid crisis and other ongoing drug epidemics is to “[defend] the human family [and defend] the youth [and] children.”

Compassion and Understanding from The Holy Father Himself

Even before the Workshop on Narcotics, Pope Francis has warned the public time and time again not to give in to the “injustice of classifying the drug addict as if they were an object or a broken mess.” Instead, they should be treated for what they are: victims of a disease that need our help.

“Integral human formation is the priority. It gives people the possibility to possess the instruments of discernment, with which they are able to discern various options and help others. This formation is principally oriented to the most vulnerable of a society, such as children and young people, but which is also usefully extended to families and those who suffer any type of marginalization.”

Regain Your Sobriety and Build Your Faith with Road to Freedom

In every address of this issue so far, Pope Francis has reminded us that each person struggling with substance abuse has “a different personal history which must be heard, understood, loved and, as soon as possible, healed and purified”— and everyone at Road to Freedom shares this view. Our staff of trained and compassionate professionals has years of experience helping patients through every stage of the addiction recovery process. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction, please call Road to Freedom at 844-402-3605. Everyone is rooting for your health and sobriety— even the Holy Father himself.

Words of Wisdom from Religious Figures, Philosophers, and Historical Figures

February 13th, 2018

Addiction recovery is a long, difficult journey that requires an abundance of support and autonomy. Unfortunately, a lot of people on the mend from drug or alcohol addiction don’t have a strong enough sense of self-confidence or discipline to make progress during the early stages of recovery following treatment. Thankfully, there are many ways for people in recovery to successfully combat feelings of self-doubt to strengthen their sobriety. One way is by taking inspirational words of wisdom to heart. Throughout our history, a number of influential figures have shared words of wisdom that have since been immortalized into universal truths that easily apply to addiction recovery, even if that’s not what they were initially intended to do.

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Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

February 5th, 2018

Taking Communion as a Recovering Alcoholic

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” — Luke 22:19-20

The Communion

transubstantiation In the Christian faith, communion is a traditional rite in which church-goers receive the body and blood of Christ, given as bread and wine. The act is based on Jesus’s command at the last supper to ‘do this in memory of me’. The communion, also known as the Eucharist has a sacred symbology for Christians. Certain denominations, such as the Catholic church believe the eucharist actually becomes the body and blood of Christ when receiving it called transubstantiation and is a necessity to salvation.

How often this ritual is done— whether it’s once a week or only on special occasions like Easter and Christmas— depends entirely on the church, the town it’s located in, and who runs the service in which communion is given. Churches vary in their implementation, some providing an open communion for all to practice, others closed to church members. Communion is widely considered a holy and profoundly spiritual act; so, it can be very personal for many people of faith to reconnect with Jesus’s sacrifice. The Catholic church takes the strongest stance on the necessity of the Holy Eucharist saying ‘Communion is prescribed for adults’, concluding that those of free will and of reasoning must take of Communion. The Catholic church says ‘without it, a given end cannot be attained’ and that ‘it is a necessity of free will’. But what happens when a person of faith is in recovery for alcohol addiction? Must they relapse for the sake of this ritual?

The Debate Surrounding Communion in Alcohol Recovery

As of right now, there isn’t a clear consensus on how to handle this particularly tricky set of circumstances. Experts in the field of addiction treatment and individuals who are in recovery themselves seem to have varying opinions on the matter of communion during alcoholism recovery. Some claim that any exposure to alcohol or other triggers could pose a threat to the individual’s hard-earned sobriety. Others insist that such a small amount of alcohol should, theoretically, pose no such threat especially when done in the spirit of reaffirming commitment to your higher power. In any case, it is understandable that devout Christians in recovery would have concerns about the pressure to consuming wine while abstaining from alcohol.

Is Taking Communion a Form of Relapsing?

The debate as to whether or not taking communion in church during recovery is (or should be) considered a relapse is one that has been prevalent in the religious community for many years. In any other situation, drinking wine or any other alcohol would undoubtedly be a relapse. So, why would taking communion be an exception? It’s all a matter of context.

Most AA groups and 12-Step programs recognize that taking communion is an essential part of practicing faith for many people. Still, taking communion is more about the symbolism of accepting Christ than it is about consuming literal bread and wine. So, Christians in recovery who choose to sample wine as part of taking communion are not considered by their groups to have relapsed. Although, there are still alternatives if you believe that taking communion crosses the line into potential relapse and are concerned about your long-term sobriety.

Discuss your concerns with your pastor or priest.

Communion in Recovery - Most Churches accommodate

Many churches offer other means of taking communion outside of bread and wine. For young church-goers, non-alcoholic beverages like grape juice are usually provided in place of wine. If you are uncomfortable with sampling real wine as part of taking communion in your local church, you always have the option of talking privately with the pastors or priests. Most churches are prepared to accommodate in situations like this, so don’t be afraid to ask.

The Necessity of Communion

Denominations vary on the meaning and importance of partaking in the Eucharist. Jesus did instruct us, some would say, command us to do this in remembrance of me. If you, and your church view the communion as a symbol for appreciating Jesus’ sacrifice, likely the time during communion is just as valid spent dwelling on that act, making abstaining a valid option However, if you believe the command must be done for your salvation, as the Catholic church does, appropriate alternatives must be found.

Explore the alternatives.

Alternative methods of taking communion don’t always involve grape juice. Several denominations of the Christian faith have communions where the worshippers’ interaction with wine is exceptionally minimal. Depending on the church, you may be able to take communion by:

  • (Shallowly) dipping the bread in the wine
  • Consuming only the bread and forgoing the wine
  • Kissing the cup of wine, or kissing your hand before touching the cup of wine
  • Replacing the wine with grape-juice or Mustum (non-fermented grape juice)
  • Communion without Wine
    • Without becoming too entrenched in the Catholic catechism, it is a held belief that you can receive just one ‘species’ (the bread) and not the other and it still be considered communion. Since Christ is present under each of the species, you can take only one and still receive all of the ‘fruit of the Eucharistic Grace’. Although it is a ‘fuller’ act of communion to receive both.

Follow your instincts.

This is the most important thing you can do during recovery. If you are unsure about whether or not drinking wine during communion will trigger a relapse for you, then it’s always best to air on the side of caution. Even a small sip of wine in a religious setting may be enough to trigger a larger relapse. Remember, everyone experiences addiction and relapse differently, so always follow your instincts and act accordingly.

 

Road to Freedom is Here to Support You

Whether or not you choose to take traditional communion during your recovery from alcohol addiction, it’s important to remember that God does not tempt us. Communion is not a trap for those in recovery. Instead, the practice of taking communion is meant to express devotion to God, Christ, and the Christian faith— and it doesn’t have to involve wine if you feel it threatens your well-being. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, Road to Freedom offers a wide variety of highly successful faith-based addiction treatments that work together to form an individualized recovery plan. For more information about our programs and services, please call (844) 402-3605 to speak with one of our counselors. All calls are confidential.

Churches Across America Take a Stand Against the Opioid Crisis

January 29th, 2018

Churches take a stand against opioid epidemic

At one time, the consumption rates of prescription opioids were overlooked or considered harmless. Today, opioid misuse and addiction have become one of the nation’s most prominent medical crises in history. In fact, opioid overdose has been labeled the leading cause of accidental death in America, surpassing car accidents and gun violence. With the death toll rising, many businesses and non-profit organizations are stepping up to face the opioid crisis head-on. This includes church leaders, many of whom have contributed time, resources, and unconditional support to those affected by the opioid crisis so far.

The Opioid Epidemic’s Toll on America So Far

the nations overall life expectancy among both men and women has decreasedThe opioid crisis and overdose epidemic has reached an all-time high in America in recent years. People under 50 years old are dying at an alarming rate due to opioid and heroin overdose— so much so, in fact, that the nation’s overall life expectancy among both men and women has decreased over the last three years. In as recent as 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. This is equal to more than three and a half times the number of people collectively injured or killed in the September 11th attack.

A significant portion of the opioid crisis points back to the rise in prescription painkiller consumption over the past decade or so. While the use of illicit opioids like heroin undoubtedly play a part in the overdose epidemic, the majority of overdose cases seem to involve prescription opioid abuse. Additionally, drug abuse of this nature is equally prominent in both rural and urban areas. In fact, the number young adults aged 18 to 25 who died of an opioid overdose in rural areas alone has more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2015. It was around this time that this wide-spread drug abuse became a problem of epidemic proportions.

The White House’s Response So Far

The U.S. Surgeon General was among the first to raise more awareness about opioid drug abuse and overdose rates. In August 2016, Dr. Vivek Murthy sent out a letter to every practicing doctor in America. In this open letter, he warned physicians everywhere to be more careful about prescribing opioids to help combat the growing crisis. He wrote:

“I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic. Everywhere I travel, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses…

It is important to recognize that we arrived at this place on a path paved with good intentions. Nearly two decades ago, we were encouraged to be more aggressive about treating pain… Many of us were even taught – incorrectly – that opioids are not addictive when prescribed for legitimate pain. …Now, nearly 2 million people in America have a prescription opioid use disorder, contributing to increased heroin use and the spread of HIV and hepatitis C…”

The letter continues with a plea to step up and take action against the epidemic. Roughly two months after Murthy addressed America’s doctors (and the general public) with his letter, President Donald J. Trump finally declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency.

Churches Everywhere Are Challenging the Crisis

in rural areas the number of young adults dying of addiction has quadrupledAfter the Surgeon General’s letter and Trump’s subsequent national emergency announcement, many people began to take a stand against the opioid crisis—not just doctors. America’s churches, in particular, have given significant contributions to the fight. Today, many church leaders are taking the initiative to offer hope and better serve their communities in response to the crisis. In fact, several churches around the country have already joined forces with organizations like Celebrate Recovery and Narcotics Anonymous. Together with these and other groups that focus on addiction recovery, churches have begun to open their doors to those in need of support during the height of the opioid crisis.

One Harbor Church

One church has made a notable impact in the fight against the opioid crisis so far. One Harbor Church, a house of God with three locations in North Carolina and nationwide reach, has stepped up to offer help to those struggling with addiction. The pastor of One Harbor, Donnie Griggs, believes that the opioid crisis can only truly end if the church and state work together to help the American people. With the government having already declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, Griggs has openly encouraged the church community to step up as well.

As a man who understands firsthand what opioid addiction can do to a loved one, Griggs has not shied away from speaking out against the over-prescription and increased consumption of prescription painkillers that have so profoundly impacted the nation— and his own community. Since Murthy’s open letter and Trump’s declaration of emergency, One Harbor Church has become one of the first churches to openly combat the epidemic through impassioned sermons, addiction education, prevention techniques, and other resources. Today, it stands tall as a place of worship, a powerhouse of public truth, and a haven for people who have been affected by the crisis. Thankfully, other churches across the country are following suit.

Operation Blessing and the Spread of Treatment Programs

Across the country churches are taking on the cause of caring for those suffering from addiction. More often we’re seeing churches band together in initiatives to provide the specialized treatment needed for this community. One such new program is New Life, which is an outreach program of Operation Blessing. Based out of the New England area, their mission is to fight poverty and addiction by embracing people and families in need with compassion, offering helping and hope for changed lives. Their two year plan is to develop their faith-based model program that helps students to create and implement an individual plan that supports their goal of long term recovery, so that it can be reproduced in other locations. Programs like this are an inspirational step to stymie the opioid epidemic. Now, it’s time we all step up to help abolish this epidemic.

Recovery Church

Road to Freedom and The Treatment Center sponsors our own outreach to the community through our weekly Recovery Church service. Find out more about our church services for the recovery community in South Florida.

Set Out on a Sober Path with Help from Road to Freedom

As the opioid crisis continues to affect thousands, the support from churches across the country continues to grow and expand. The Christian church has become a key player in the battle against opioid addiction, offering up time, resources, and hope to strengthen the sense of community that America desperately needs. If we hope to end the opioid crisis for good, it starts with unconditional love and support. At Road to Freedom, we pride ourselves on our faith-based recovery program, which has helped thousands regain their sobriety, their faith, and their sense of belonging in the wake of the opioid crisis. For more information about what Road to Freedom has to offer, please call us at (844)402-3605.

What You Should Never Say to a Christian Addict (And What to Say Instead)

January 22nd, 2018

What to say to a christian addict

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. – Luke 6:37

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is difficult enough, but it’s even harder when it impacts relationships that share the Christian faith. Christians who develop substance abuse disorders are statistically less likely to seek help for a variety of reasons, and much of it has to do with how their friends and loved ones react to their situation. The way in which we respond to the news of a loved one’s addiction can do as much harm as it can good. With this in mind, there are certain things you should never say to a Christian loved one who is struggling with addiction— and things you should say instead.

What Not to Say to Christians Struggling with Addiction

“You can’t be an addict— addiction is a sin!”

you shouldn't belittle your loved one for struggling

This loaded statement has existed for as long as addiction has been an issue at the forefront of American culture. Not everyone views addiction as a sin, but even if you do, you shouldn’t belittle your loved one for struggling with it. Instead of condemning your loved one for having fallen, you should focus on how to help them get back up.

“I can’t believe you’re an addict. You let the Devil tempt you.”

Meeting your loved one’s admission with denial and conviction will do nothing to help either of you. Most addicts are fully aware of the risks that come with substance abuse. In fact, your loved one may have even been aware of those risks before the addiction even started. With this in mind, you should acknowledge that whatever caused the onset of your loved one’s substance abuse most likely stemmed from a place of pain— whether physical, psychological or emotional.

“You could quit if your faith in God was strong enough.”

When Christians fall into patterns of substance abuse and addictive behaviors, it has very little to do with their faith. The vast majority of people who struggle with substance abuse disorders turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope with other difficult goings-on in their lives. So, calling your loved one’s devotion to God into question when (s)he confides in you about struggling with addiction is going to do more harm than good.

“Why don’t you just get help?”

make an effort to understand the situation

This question may seem honest and straightforward, but the underlying tone of accusation is almost never well-received. Many people with substance abuse disorders don’t seek professional help right away for a variety of reasons— some of which are out of their control. For example, your loved one may not have gotten help yet because of work, financial difficulties, insurance coverage complications, or a lack of access to preferred treatment options. It’s also possible that your loved one is just too embarrassed to ask for help. In any case, you should be making an effort to understand the situation as a whole instead of reprimanding your loved one for a perceived failure to act.

“Once you’ve become an addict, you’ll always be an addict. You’ll never change.”

This statement is not only untrue, but it’s also unfair. Anyone can change— it’s a significant part of the human experience. It is possible for people struggling with substance abuse disorders to get past addiction and move forward in life. Telling your addicted loved one anything different is thoughtless, unkind, unhelpful, and insulting.

“Even if you try to quit now, it’s only a matter of time before you relapse.”

Pessimism is never welcome in addiction recovery. By telling your loved one that (s)he is bound to relapse at some point, you’re being unsupportive and discouraging. If anything, saying this to a loved one trying to get sober is more likely to hinder the addiction recovery process than anything else.

“You failed your friends, your family, and God. I am so ashamed of you.”

This statement is perhaps the worst thing you can say to someone who is struggling with addiction. Chances are, your loved one is already fighting feelings of low self-worth. Telling your loved one that (s)he has failed others, especially God, will only strengthen the addiction because you’ve given your loved one a new thing to cope with— shame.

What You Should Say Instead

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10

keep your composure and, above all else show support

Handling the news of a loved one’s addiction isn’t easy, but it’s important to keep your composure and, above all else, show support. The best way you can do this is to communicate with your loved one. Remind your loved one (and yourself) what addiction is, what it means, how it affects faith, and what can be done about it. The following are some examples of things you can say instead of the ones listed above.

“Addiction is a disease, and disease is not a sin.”

Addiction has been medically recognized as a disease because, like many other diseases, it triggers changes in brain chemistry and bodily function. So, since addiction is a disease— one that can affect anyone, regardless of race, wealth, intelligence, social standing, or faith— calling it a sin is unrealistic. After all, being sick is not a sin.

“Addiction can happen to anyone.”

The stereotypes that surround addiction often paint addicts as morally-unhinged. However, most people who struggle with substance abuse disorders are honest, functioning adults who just made poor decisions to cope with other issues. Anyone can be an addict— the only thing that all addicts really have in common is addiction itself.

“God will support you, and so will I.”

The most important thing to remember about addiction is that it is a disease of the mind and body. By developing a substance abuse disorder, your loved one has become sick. God does not punish the sick; He heals them. And if God can forgive, so can you.

“Professional treatments can help you. We can look together.”

The decision to get professional help may be your loved one’s decision to make, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. One of the best ways to show support during addiction recovery is to research and discuss treatment options with your loved one. By taking the time to talk about it, you can help your loved one get prepared— financially, emotionally, or otherwise.

“Getting sober will be hard, but you can do it. I’m here for you.”

Having support is a must for anyone in addiction recovery. With a stable support system of friends and family, people are significantly more likely to get sober successfully. If you’re serious about wanting your loved one to get sober, make it clear that you are here to help in any way you can. This encouragement means more to your loved one than you might think.

“We’ll get to the root of your addiction together.”

There are driving forces behind your loved one’s addiction that you aren’t aware of. It’s also entirely possible that your loved one might not even know what they are. In any case, a significant part of addiction treatment is to determine what feeds the addiction. Once your loved one discovers the root of the addiction, (s)he’ll be better equipped to cope with it in healthier, substance-free ways. Make it clear that you want to help your loved one not only uncover the root of the addiction, but also enforce the new coping methods introduced through treatment.

“You won’t be addicted forever.”

This may be a simple notion, but it’s one that you need to remind your loved one of. Addiction is complicated and filled with torment, but it is also temporary if you and your loved one allow it to be. Remember, this too shall pass.

“Even if you do relapse, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed.”

Relapse is a common part of addiction recovery

Relapse is a common part of addiction recovery. Between 40% and 60% of people in recovery experience relapse at least once. If your loved one never relapses during treatment, continue to offer support and encouragement. If your loved one does relapse during treatment, remind him/her that this isn’t a failure, but rather an experience to learn from. Many people who relapse during addiction recovery go on to live long, sober lives.

“I love you and support you, and so does God.”

This is the best thing you can say to a Christian struggling to get sober. By reminding your loved one that (s)he hasn’t fallen out of anyone’s good graces, you’re helping rebuild your loved one’s sense of self-worth and motivation to get well.

Road to Freedom Can Help Christians with Substance Abuse Disorders

If your loved one is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, Road to Freedom is here to help. Our treatment plans are unique to all our patients, giving them access to the treatments and support they need for the best possible chance at recovery. For more information about our faith-based programs and medically-supervised services, please call us at 844-402-3605. All calls are confidential.

The Roles of Faith and Spirituality in Recovery

January 15th, 2018

Faith and Spirituality

In 2014, roughly 21.5 million people aged 12 and older had a substance abuse disorder. The following year, it jumped to 27.1 million. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the numbers have only increased since then. Many of the individuals who are suffering from substance addiction today don’t receive treatment and are left to struggle. This can be especially difficult for those who are also struggling with their faith and spirituality. As Christians we often feel an obligation to uphold a standard and are ashamed to admit when we need help, delaying when we seek treatment. Addiction recovery is a long and winding road, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. With the right counseling, you can regain your sobriety, your faith, and your spirituality.

Spirituality vs. Religion

CS Lewis on ReligionThe need for a spiritual component in addiction treatment is often proclaimed, but what exactly does this mean? A common mistake is to equating spirituality with religion. While the terms are often used interchangeably there is a distinct difference between the two. Being spiritual means having a connection or relationship to the non-physical things like morals, feelings, and the soul. For Christians, spirituality is the presence of Christ in us. It’s an introspective look into who you are as a person, as well as an examination of the world around you. Religion, however, is often a framework to help find spirituality. Being religious often means adhering to a system in reverence to a higher power. The pursuit and respect of the laws of a religion may guide a practitioner to spirituality, or the adherence to the rules themselves may be a form of worship. Often the phrase ‘religious’ can be used with negative connotation. Even C.S. Lewis once said ‘Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst”. Being entrenched in religious practices can give a false pride to some believers. Hiding behind the rituals of religion without bearing spiritual fruit is a real concern for Christians, however, the framework religion can provide us to seek spirituality should not be dismissed out of hand.

While it is true that most religions— like Christianity, for example—usually emphasize spirituality, one can be spiritual without being religious. In any case, your sense of spirituality and your religious devotion can both suffer when addiction takes hold of your life. So, learning how to rebuild those things during addiction treatment can help you stay motivated (and sober) in the long run.

Addiction Treatment Counseling That Address Both Faith and Spirituality

Faith-based counseling is one of the most popular facets of addiction treatment because it helps you rebuild and even strengthen your spiritual health and encourage a sober future. Christian-based counseling sessions are also beneficial because they allow you to process forgiveness and grow your relationship with God alongside other Christians in recovery. Both Spiritual-based and Christ-centered counseling utilize a combination of science-based treatment methods and holistic remedies to address the challenges that addicted individuals face in and out of treatment. Faith-based and spiritual counseling in addiction treatment can be (and usually is) supplemented with:

The programs listed above are standard for most rehab facilities, but they focus on healing the physical and mental strain of addiction. The purpose of faith-based and spiritual forms of counseling is to help you regain a sense of purpose, personal growth, and direction during your recovery process.

John Piper Religion and the gospel

Both Faith-Based and Spiritual Counseling Involve:

A Thorough Assessment

In many cases, individuals struggling with addiction initially turned to drugs or alcohol to cope with something else going on in their lives— like depression, anxiety, financial problems, or relationship issues. These are just some examples. So, before your addiction treatment starts, counselors will perform a thorough assessment to determine what started your addiction. From there, your faith and spirituality are assessed to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment for you— which will usually include at least one of the medical or psychological services listed above.

Practicing Mindfulness

Addiction is harmful to all forms of your health: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. In treatment and recovery, practicing mindfulness will help you decrease stress and reestablish a spiritual foundation—whether it’s based on faith or not. To help you get in the habit of practicing mindfulness, the counselors work closely with the detox medical staff, the facility’s pastors and your therapists. These collaborative treatment efforts will help you better understand the negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors connected to your addiction— as well as how to navigate them to maintain sobriety once treatment has ended.

Building a Sense of Connectivity

Most of the time, both faith-based and spiritual counseling can be performed in one-on-one or group settings, so it’s up to you which kind you’d like to try during treatment. In any case, both forms of counseling— especially together— can help you build a sense of connectivity with others during the recovery process.

A large part of both faith-based and spiritual counseling is the emphasis on community expansion. With some help from your counselors, you’ll be able to build positive, healthy relationships with others in recovery and rekindle the relationships with friends, family, and God that were damaged by addiction. Developing this sense of connectivity (and re-connectivity) with others will be an essential component of your relapse prevention plan when you eventually reintegrate yourself into a daily routine outside of rehab.

The Benefits of Practicing Faith and Spirituality in Recovery

Faith and spirituality play an important role in addiction recovery. Exploring your personal sense of spirituality and re-examining the areas of your beliefs that are important to you will help you:

  • identify the cause/source of your addiction
  • determine the best coping mechanisms to use
  • build a stronger sense of self-respect and self-love
  • figure out how to navigate your triggers outside of treatment
  • learn the decision-making and social skills you’ll need to stay sober
  • maintain healthy relationships based on mutual respect and support

Faith and Spiritual Counseling Services at Road to Freedom

At Road to Freedom, our faith and spiritual counselors see our patients as more than their addictions. Our goal goes beyond helping our patients get sober; our caring staff works with patients to help them better understand their journey ahead. With specialized treatment plans that emphasize healing the mind, body, and soul, Road to Freedom will help you regain your sobriety, your faith, and your spirituality. For more information about the programs and services we offer, please call us at (844) 402-3605.

If You Love an Alcoholic

January 8th, 2018

Love, Alcoholism, and Christianity

Statistically, a recorded one in every 12 adults struggles with an alcohol use disorder every year. It’s scary to think that almost all Americans have an alcoholic in their lives. Whether it’s a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or a close friend, someone special in your life could be struggling with alcoholism – and you may not even know it.

Having a loved one with a drinking problem is challenging enough, but how do you handle loving an alcoholic, especially as a Christian? After all, the Bible is clear that addiction is considered a sin; multiple verses assert that imbibing isn’t tolerated in the eyes of God. Still, the love you have for others is often stronger than their sins, so how you handle loving an alcoholic can have a drastic effect on both of your lives.

Handling Alcoholism in Your Loved One

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter4:8

As one of the most prevalent addictions in the United States, alcoholism has consequences that are all too easy to fall victim to. For the many people whose loved ones are struggling with alcoholism, it’s common to make excuses. Even those with Christian principles may turn a blind eye to drunken debauchery if it means protecting their loved one.

Unfortunately, alcoholism doesn’t go away if you ignore it or pretend it isn’t there. Without honest discussion, diagnosis, and proper care, alcoholism can lead to dire and potentially permanent medical consequences— like anemia, heart disease, and cirrhosis. If someone you love is facing an addiction to alcohol, here are some things you can both do to handle the situation before it worsens:

1. Communicate

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29

Communication is a significant part of any relationship, including the ones that are built on Christian ideals. If someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, it’s important to discuss it. It may not be easy, and (s)he may not want to open up about the problem; but the more communicate, the more likely you are to get through to your loved one.

Make it clear that you are willing to not only talk but listen, too. Avoid placing blame and instead be honest about your feelings. Gently address your loved one’s addictive behavior, your concerns about what continued abuse will mean for our loved one’s health, and your fears about the future. Being open and honest may not be enough to inspire any significant change today, but it may encourage your loved one to seek treatment tomorrow.

2. Pray

“He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.” – Psalm 102:17

Once your loved one has decided to reach out for help, one thing you can do together as part of the new healing regimen is pray. Prayer is a central part of life for all Christians, even the ones that are struggling with alcoholism. Although imbibing is a sin, alcoholics and their loved ones aren’t exempt from the power of prayer or the might of God’s love.

So, if you are working through the complications that come with loving an alcoholic while your loved one is working through recovery, prayer and worship are vital to your own recovery. Through prayer, you may find the direction, guidance, and inspiration needed to ensure that you can provide the help that your loved one needs.

3. Commit

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3

Commitment is one of the most influential components of any relationship. A close bond isn’t ruled by convenience; those you love always remain a priority in your life, no matter the sins they have committed. With this in mind, being available as a source of love, stability, and strength will help your loved one through the addiction recovery process.

So, instead of responding to your loved one’s alcoholism with anger or criticism, use the same kindness and sympathy that the Lord would encourage. This alcoholic is someone you love— someone you care for and honor. Like any other loved one, (s)he deserves your support.

4. Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

The care and devotion you provide is a source of strength that offers a way to sobriety. Still, when you love an alcoholic, it’s important to stay dedicated and strong without letting your loved one’s journey overpower your own. Supporting an alcoholic in recovery can be an overwhelming experience that shifts your focus away from your own needs— especially when times are tough.

To avoid losing yourself in your loved one’s recovery, take time to yourself. Do the things you love, like reading, writing, running, or just watching television. By practicing self-care, you’ll be better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

If You Love an Alcoholic, Road to Freedom Can Help

In all cases of addiction, forming a plan and finding the right path forward is essential for achieving lifelong sobriety. Without a solid recovery plan, your loved one’s alcoholism will only get worse. While there is much you can provide in your loved one’s recovery from alcoholism, professional services like detox, therapy and medical treatment are just as much a critical part of getting well. Without these types of programs, your loved one may not recover.

At Road to Freedom, our team of experienced professionals is here to help. As a faith-based treatment center, we promote customized care. Everything from medically-supervised detox to group and individual counseling is tailored to our individual patients’ needs. If you’d like to speak with an addiction counselor for more information about our programs and services regarding alcoholism, contact us today at (844) 402-3605. All calls are confidential.

Christian Principles to Follow to Show Support for Your Loved One in Recovery

January 1st, 2018

Show support for your loved one

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is an overwhelming, heartbreaking experience. After all, addiction is a disease that hurts the whole family, not just the person who has the substance abuse problem. As a friend or family member, it’s understandable that you may be feeling anxious about your loved one’s treatment. However, it’s important to remember that there are ways you can offer support to help your loved one achieve lifelong sobriety.

You Can Show Support During Treatment Through Following These Christian Principles

Going through the first few stages of addiction treatment will be an extremely challenging time for your loved one. Facing addiction, even with professional help, is no small feat. So, here are some principles you can follow to show support while your loved one is in treatment and in recovery:

  1. No one is righteous

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. – Ecclesiastes 7:20

The idea behind this principle of showing support for addiction recovery is simple: to err is human. Your reaction to finding out about your loved one’s substance abuse problem probably wasn’t positive. You might have felt disappointed, confused, hopeless, heartbroken, or maybe even disgusted— and chances are, it showed.

It’s important to be careful about how you express your feelings during such a delicate time in both your and your loved one’s lives. It’s also important not to judge too harshly. Addiction gathers traction from a number of emotional, psychological and physical factors, and you probably don’t know all the details of what drove your loved one to abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place. Also, remember that addiction can happen to anyone— so don’t allow yourself to treat your loved one with any less love or respect. Instead, take the time to understand how substance abuse became part of your loved one’s life and offer support during and after addiction treatment.

2. Do not solve their problems

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. – Ephesians 5:11

Your first instinct may be to coddle your loved one as he or she enters the early stages of addiction recovery, but you should avoid this as much as possible. A significant part of the addiction recovery process is learning the coping skills necessary to stay sober in times of stress. So, as challenging as it may be, you’ll need to step back now and then and allow your loved one to face the consequences of his or her actions during the recovery process. Remember, your role as part of your loved one’s support circle is to offer encouragement and love— not to handle the hurdles of addiction recovery on his or her behalf. Doing the latter will only enable your loved one’s addictive behavior.

3. Do not Enable

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. – Proverbs 3:27

Following this principle simply means that it’s become your duty to avoid enabling your loved one in any way during or after the treatment process. Enabling hinders the recovery process— and it can mean anything from giving your loved one access to substances to turning the other cheek when you sense a relapse is coming. Learning how to avoid enabling is tricky, but it’s necessary. Even if you believe what you’re doing is in your loved one’s best interest, you have to make his or her sobriety and recovery your priority. Don’t let your loved one manipulate you to get away with bad habits. Instead, focus on helping your loved one get through treatment— and make it clear that your love and support is unconditional, but that it also won’t be used against you.

4. Let your love be true

[Love] does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. – 1 Corinthians 13:5

Your loved one may test your loyalty with harsh words, blame, and even anger. With this in mind, you should avoid using your love as a bargaining chip to get your loved one sober. Ultimatums— especially ones like “if you truly loved me, you’d get sober”— almost always backfire and only end up hurting both you and your addicted loved one. Instead, use your love to communicate and convey your concerns. Love should always be a comfort, not a weapon.

5. Do not judge

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. – Matthew 7:1

The addiction recovery process is never a good time for ‘I told you so’s. The last thing you should do is lecture your loved one about what could have been, should have been or would have been if he or she had made different choices before the addiction set in. Chances are, your loved one is already feeling guilty and ashamed— don’t make things worse.

Following this principle during your loved one’s recovery will allow you to remember that changing the past isn’t possible, but shaping the future is. So, instead of passing judgment, be sure to show support by educating yourself on substance abuse, becoming familiar with the treatment methods your loved one is using, and making a note of recovery programs that might be helpful.

6. Be consistent and ready for obstacles

For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… – Proverbs 24:16

This principle is a reminder that life has its ups and downs. The addiction recovery process is the same way. The journey to sobriety is long and winding. Unfortunately, relapse is common during the early stages of addiction recovery. In fact, an eight-year study revealed that a surprising two-thirds of individuals in recovery relapse at least once within their first sober year. However, you shouldn’t let this discourage you. The chances of relapse start to diminish as time goes on.

Remember, addiction recovery is a lifelong process. There is always the chance that your loved one might relapse— perhaps even several times— before finally getting sober. Relapse, however, is not an indication of failure. Rather, relapsing during addiction recovery simply means that something about the treatment method isn’t working and needs to be adjusted. So, the best thing you can do in the event of a relapse is to continue to show support and encourage your loved one to keep pushing forward.

Get Help, Support, and Guidance from Road to Freedom

Finding out that someone you love has a substance abuse problem is never easy. However, by taking these principles to heart and treating your loved one’s addiction like the disease it is, you’ll both stand a better chance of making it through together. At Road to Freedom, our faith-based recovery programs offer a variety of services that will equip both you and your loved one for the long journey ahead. As long as your loved one has the drive to get sober, and you have the will to show support every step of the way, sobriety is possible— and you will both get your lives back. For more information about our programs, please call us at (844) 402-3605. All calls are confidential.

The Effects of Addiction on the Perfect Family Christmas

December 22nd, 2017

Effects of Addiction on Christmas

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” – 1 John 5:11

Christmas holds a special place in the hearts of millions, religious or not. It marks a season filled with hope, joy, merriment and, most importantly, family. Sadly, Christmas is not always such a joyous occasion for those who know the struggle of addiction firsthand. Addiction is a disease of the mind and body that affects more than just the addict; it affects the whole family by poisoning relationships and others’ perceptions of the addict. Despite what you may hope and pray for, addiction is powerful enough to ruin what is (in)famously called the “perfect family Christmas.”

Addiction Makes You Think Badly of Your Struggling Loved One

What if a loved one showed up intoxicated

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful. A lot of this contributes to the unattainable ideal of the perfect family Christmas. After all, when you aspire for the best, human tendency dictates that you also prepare for the worst.

In the case of spending Christmas with an addicted loved one, you may find yourself holding your addicted loved one to a much higher standard than you do for everyone else. You may have valid

concerns that slowly warp into expectations and judgments based on ‘what if’s:

  • What if (s)he shows up to the party intoxicated?
  • What if (s)he makes a scene during dinner?
  • What if (s)he get drunk/high while no one is watching?
  • What if (s)he resells or pawns off the gifts we got?
  • What if (s)he tries to steal things? Should we hide our valuables?
  • What if (s)he doesn’t call or show up at all?

Addiction Makes You Care Too Much About What Other People Think

It’s easy to feel alone in situations surrounding addiction. As the concerned loved one of a struggling addict, you may feel like no one can truly understand your hardships. This feeling may lead you to dodge social get-togethers, decline invitations to holiday parties, or just avoid other people in general. You may be sympathetic to your loved one’s struggles, but that you might be feeling a little embarrassed, too.

When addiction is at its worst, you and your family may feel as though your reputation and privacy are under attack by the gossip surrounding your addicted loved one. With so many conflicting feelings, it’s hard to enjoy the “perfect” family Christmas— especially when you feel like you’re under scrutiny from others who don’t fully understand your situation.

Addiction Makes Your Struggling Loved One Feel Unwelcome

Thoughts and feelings are always a little more transparent around Christmas than they are for the rest of the year. If you are feeling shame and embarrassment, chances are, your addicted loved one will sense this. As a result, (s)he probably won’t want to be a part of your “perfect family Christmas.” No one wants to feel like an embarrassment around the holidays. The resulting withdrawal from Christmas, of course, only leads to heartbreak, blame, and guilt on both sides. You’ll most likely be left feeling like you could have done more to help and your addicted loved one will feel alone.

Addiction Makes You Prepare for the Worst

One of the scariest things about addiction is that it can trigger unpredictable situations. For example, if your loved one was supposed to show up for Christmas with the family and didn’t, it leaves you

wondering what happened. That’s when the ‘what if’s start invading your thoughts again:

  • What if (s)he decided not to come? Why? Is (s)he made at me?
  • What if (s)he is stranded somewhere?
  • What if (s)he went broke to feed the addiction?
  • What if (s)he passed out? Or overdosed?

With no information to go on, you can only assume the worst. This kind of unease and worry shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s Christmas.

Making Christmas Merry for Everyone— Even Your Loved One in Recovery

Christmas is rarely ever perfect, but there are ways you can plan for a very merry one for your addicted loved one, your family, and yourself.

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” –Colossians 3:13

Make sure your loved one feels included in the festivities. Excluding your addicted loved one from being a part of your family Christmas is not only unadvised, but it’s also cruel.

Shunning someone for struggling with an addiction will just make that person feel more guilty, more ashamed and more isolated than they already do. It’s incredibly likely that your addicted loved one only wants to feel like a regular part of the family during Christmas. The kindest thing you can do is to give your loved one that opportunity. Remember, Christmas is not only a celebration of the sacrifices of Christ. It’s also a reminder to follow his example.

“And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.” –Acts 3:5

Addiction is a disesaseManage your expectations. If your loved one isn’t able to meet them, it isn’t personal. Remember, addiction is not a character flaw; it’s a disease that takes hold of the brain, body, and spirit. Holding your addicted loved one to standards of behavior that (s)he might not be able to meet is unfair.

“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.” –Job 22:28

Before you plan any festivities, be sure to set clear boundaries with your addicted loved one. Try not to show any slack just because it’s Christmas; make sure that both you and your addicted loved one accept the consequences of pushing the boundaries that you’ve set together. If you don’t, you’ll risk further enabling your loved one’s addictive behavior.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2

Addiction may affect the whole family, but it doesn’t harm anyone more than your loved one. One of the best things you can do for your addicted loved one this Christmas is to offer your support. By reaching out and attending support group meetings with your addicted loved one, you’ll meet and gather support from other families who understand exactly what you and your family are going through. Together, you can heal; and what better time than Christmas?

Have a Merry, Almost-Perfect Family Christmas with Help from Road to Freedom

If you and your family are struggling with a loved one’s addiction this Christmas, you’re not alone. There is always hope for your loved one to recover, and at Road to Freedom, we turn that hope into a reality. For more information about our programs, services and faith-based methods of addiction treatment, please call us at (844)402-3605. All calls are confidential.

Have a happy, safe, and loving Christmas.

Morality and Legality: Prescription Drug Abuse and How it Affects Faith

December 18th, 2017

Morality and Legality - Prescription Abuse

“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.” –1 Corinthians 6:19

When we think of drug addicts, we tend to imagine the stereotypes. We often associate drug use with teenagers, thugs, and criminals. However, the fact of the matter is that substance abuse can take hold on anyone, regardless of the person’s age, gender, or even religious affiliation. In fact, substance abuse has been a growing problem in the Christian community.

Illicit Drug Use, Substance Abuse and Moral Law

Although the Bible does not address drug use explicitly (see out blog Examples of Addiction in Scripture), the key Christian teaching surrounding the idea of drug use is that the physical body, being the home of the soul, is sacred. So, of course, Christians as a whole do not approve of illicit (illegal) drugs, even recreational ones like marijuana. As far as the Christian community is concerned, drugs that alter the mind and lure good people away from God and His Word are the ones to avoid. But what about drugs that are designed to help the body, like prescription medication?

The Rise of Prescription Drug Abuse

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic— one that will likely have its own page in most future history books. What most people might not realize, however, is that opioids come in both legal and illegal forms. The former includes certain medicines that anyone can have access to with a doctor’s note. So, those who regularly use these kinds of (mostly harmless) medications are at a higher risk of developing a prescription drug abuse problem.

Prescription drug abuse has been a serious problem for over a decade. In fact, the number of recorded emergency room visits involving prescription drug abuse had almost doubled between 2004 and 2009. In 2010, 1 in every 20 people reported during a study to have misused prescription drugs that year. Today, the CDC estimates that 15,000 people die of prescription painkillers overdose every year— and the rate only seems to be increasing.

Questions to Ask Yourself about Drug Use if You Are Christian

Since prescription drugs are not illegal, but they can still lead to addiction development, where do they fall on the Christian scale of moral versus immoral? There is no easy answer. Prescription drug abuse, if left untreated, can have severe long-lasting effects on your health, which may very well impact your relationship with God and with your loved ones. But how can you know for sure whether or not you actually have a substance abuse problem?

The Bible may not specifically reference drug use or its effects on the body or soul, but it still offers appropriate insight for Christians that can aid in making biblical decisions about drug use. There are three questions you can ask yourself that will help you determine whether or not you need help.

Is the substance you are using legal?1. Is The Substance You Are Using Legal?

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work.” –Titus 3:1

The Bible is clear about obeying the laws of the land. So, the use of illicit drugs of any kind is, for the most part, expressly prohibited. If the drug you use regularly is legal, and you use it responsibly, then you are not breaking the law and are therefore not violating God’s Will.

2. Is The Substance You Are Using a Benefit to Your Health?

Benefit to your health?

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” – 1 Corinthians 4:5

One of the most universal signs of devotion among Christians is self-care— and the maintenance of good health. Electing to defile their bodies with harmful substances like drugs would be an affront to the Lord. But what about drugs that were designed to do good? If you use substances that aid in sleep, focus or healing, you are most likely doing it for the betterment of your physical and mental health. If this is the case, then you are not guilty of prescription drug misuse.

3. What Do You Feel When You Take (Or Don’t Take) the Substance You are Using?

How do you feel with or without substance?“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2

Prescription drugs were created to help people maintain or restore their health. When you take prescription medication at the dosage given by your doctor, you should feel healthy and content. If you rely on a substance for more than its intended purpose, this could easily be read as a warning. With this in mind, you SHOULD NOT:

  • Feel overly excited about taking a prescription drug
  • Feel guilty or shamed about taking a prescription drug
  • Feel the need to hide or lie about taking a prescription drug
  • Feel like you cannot wait for your next dose (i.e. self-medicate)
  • Feel any kind of withdrawal during a normal span of time between doses

These feelings and situations are clear signs that you may be developing a problem— one that needs to be addressed before it becomes detrimental to your health and to the body that God gave you.

Other Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

The symptoms and side effects that people experience in prescription drug addiction will vary, but there are several behavioral signs that can indicate the problem before a dependency has developed. These signs typically include:

  • Loss of interest in things that are normally appealing
  • Mood swings and/or changes in personality
  • Changes in social circle or hang-out spots
  • Frequently avoiding eye contact
  • Uncharacteristic forgetfulness
  • Anger or aggression
  • Deceitfulness

If anyone you know or care about has pointed out these or similar changes in you, it could mean that you have developed an addiction to prescription drugs— which, in the eyes of the Christian community and for all intents and purposes, is just as harmful and as immoral as illegal substance use.

The Consequences of Untreated Prescription Drug Abuse

Ongoing prescription drug abuse can lead to serious consequences, both long-term and short-term, medical or not. The consequences that most people tend to think of are the physical ones. In cases of prescription drug abuse, there are a wide variety of medical complications that can develop as a result of addiction. This, of course, depends on the type of drug being abused, but for the most part, the short-term effects typically include:

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • High body temperatures

Long-term effects of prescription drug abuse can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Memory lapses
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Organ or tissue damage
  • Increased blood pressure

Outside of the physical responses to prescription drug addiction, there are other consequences that you could face if you don’t receive help. Some of these could include long-term impaired judgement, trouble at home or at work, financial issues and relationship problems— especially the relationship you have with God.

Road to Freedom Can Help You Forge Your Path to Recovery

If you’ve developed an addiction to prescription drugs and are scared for both your body and soul, we’re here to help. At Road to Freedom, our faith-based programs can help you address and overcome the factors driving your addiction as you get sober and rebuild your relationship with God. Call us today at 844-402-3605 for more information.

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