Christian Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 87 percent of adults report drinking at least once in their lives, and over 70 percent drank alcohol within the past year. Drinking a single adult beverage from time to time – or even enjoying a few drinks in a social situation on occasion – is not necessarily alcohol addiction. It's not even always alcohol abuse. We know that Jesus and his disciples drank wine with their meals, and some alcoholic beverages in moderation can have positive impacts on heart health.
Drinking too much or the inability to control your drinking are signs of alcohol abuse and addiction, and if you believe you are drinking to excess or letting alcohol control your life, then you might benefit from Christian alcohol rehab.
God does provide a road to freedom, but it's not always through the type of miracle you might be waiting for. Sometimes, God puts the path in front of you but you must choose to take it. This path to sobriety can be an inpatient rehab program.
You can take the first steps down that path right now. Call (844) 402-3605 – no matter what time it is – and speak to a professional, Christian admissions counselor to learn why Road to Freedom is the right choice to make today.
What is alcohol addiction?
One reason many Christians who struggle with alcohol addiction don't reach out to someone for help is that they are ashamed of what they perceive as sin. However, alcohol addiction is not a sin. Modern medical science has been able to show that alcohol makes chemical changes in the body and brain, and some people are more prone to those changes than others. For some people, that impact becomes a physical dependency that can't be controlled, regardless of will power, prayer or moral fortitude.
Whatever your belief on the use of alcohol, addiction itself isn't a sin. If anything might be a sin, it is placing alcohol as an idol before God. You do that if you allow your addiction to run your life without taking the steps to seek help – steps that are available to you via a Christian treatment center that helps you overcome your addiction, understand root causes and put God first so you your life and your faith can come before abusing alcohol.
The Bible tells us that no temptation can overtake us except those temptations that are common to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). The temptations common to man include those of the world and the flesh – and alcohol is among them. You should never be too ashamed to reach out for help with an addiction of the flesh, because you are not alone in this problem!
The same Bible verse goes on to say that God is faithful, and he won't let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. Some people use this exact verse to try to convince people who are addicted to alcohol that they can overcome it themselves, but 1 Corinthians 10:13b-14 says, "But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore my friends, flee from idolatry."
Alcohol addiction is a chronic illness, such as diabetes. Most people wouldn't attempt to treat diabetes with their own will power, and they recognize that God has sent them doctors, nurses and other professionals to help. The same is true for alcohol addiction.
The signs of alcohol abuse or addiction
If you want to know how to help an alcoholic or you aren't sure whether you're addicted or not, look for some of the following warning signs of alcohol abuse and addiction:
- Drinking to feel better. We're not talking about a single glass of wine to unwind on a Friday night, but a need to drink to function, stave off aggravation or be able to deal with daily life situations.
- Lying about drinking. If you're lying about how much or when you drink, or you hide your drinking from friends and family, then you are trying to make what you are doing seem like less of a problem. This is a strong sign that you are not in control of your alcohol consumption.
- Constantly drinking to excess. If you're unable to stop drinking once you start, then you might be dealing with a physical dependency. Your body might need more and more alcohol to experience the same effects.
- Blacking out. Regularly losing time or passing out indicates excessive drinking. Not only is it extremely dangerous to your health, it's also a sign that you are not in control of how you enjoy alcohol.
- Failing to meet obligations. Someone who is struggling with alcohol addiction is often unable to meet obligations at school or work or in family and social situations. Constant poor performance, running late or not showing up at all are all signs of a possible addiction.
- Drinking despite dangers. If you choose to drink despite dangers, such as drinking when you know you need to drive after, you are probably addicted and letting your addiction rule your alcohol consumption.
- Withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include shaking, sweaty palms, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, headaches and insomnia. If you experience these symptoms when you stop drinking for a while, it's a probably sign that your body is dependent on and craving alcohol.
- What is a High Functioning Alcoholic? A functional alcoholic has learned to mask almost all outward signs of dependence while carrying on with daily life. Read more on our blog "Am I a Functioning Alcoholic"
If you notice these signs in someone else or yourself, don't be afraid to reach out for help. We can help you understand the next steps for seeking a sober future and casting the rule of alcohol out of your life.
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Christian alcohol treatment
Both medical professionals and behavioral therapists tend to agree that inpatient treatment is often the best start for someone who is addicted to any substance. An inpatient program lets you step briefly away from your life and provides a buffer between you and whatever might trigger your alcohol use. That buffer can give you the clarity to understand your alcohol addiction so you can work on beating it.
Our alcohol detox programs
Certain detox medications have been shown to help individuals addicted to alcohol stop using the substance without experiencing uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Most experts recommend that detox treatments be coupled with behavioral treatment for the best possible outcome and a greater chance at long-lasting sobriety.
At Road to Freedom, we work with you to create a Biblically charged treatment plan that aligns medical and behavioral interventions with your faith. We also believe that detoxing your body helps you concentrate on recovery because it lets you stop using without pain or suffering.
Working with Christian counselors during inpatient treatment
During inpatient care, you'll work with experienced, educated Christian counselors and pastors. In addition to individual and group therapy sessions aimed at discovering your triggers and helping you develop healthy coping mechanisms, you might also engage in personal or group Bible study and pastoral counseling. We want to help you explore your faith and how that faith is impacted by your addiction; you'll also learn to positively deal with aspects of your addiction via your faith.
Other services offered via our inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment for those suffering from a mental health issue in addition to alcohol addiction
- Family workshops to educate and support your family
- Court liaison services to assist with any legal matters you might be dealing with related to your alcohol use
- Weekly church services to maintain your contact with the corporate church body
- Life skills training and other education to help you maintain sobriety after discharge
- Preventing alcohol relapse with appropriate aftercare
Recovery from alcohol addiction can be a long and difficult road, but it's not one you have to walk alone. While no Christian who has accepted Jesus is every fully alone, it's also true that fellowship among believers is critical to success in many areas of life. Recovery is certainly not an exception to that rule.
Call us at (844) 402-3605 now. If you've been praying for an end to your addiction, this could be the answer God is sending. We're waiting now to answer your call. Learn more about choosing Road to Freedom.