Today, addiction is recognized by the medical community and a large part of society as more than a “moral failing” or “weakness of spirit”, but addicts have a tendency to blame themselves for their condition. This can contribute to a sense of hopelessness that makes it extremely difficult for an addict to free themselves from their cycle of substance abuse. As many addicts have found, one of the only ways to truly find strength when you’re at your lowest point in life, is through teachings of God, and gain strength from the Bible.
At Road to Freedom, we combat this feeling of hopelessness with fellowship and faith in God, using a combination of faith-based detox and treatment with 12-step meetings, as well as Bible Study, weekly church meetings and other communal faith-based events to help addicts find strength through the bible. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, our counselors can be reached 24 hours a day by calling (844) 402-3605.
Why Would You Turn to the Bible?
The sad truth about addiction is that it cannot be cured and even when undergoing treatment, relapse is not just likely but practically inevitable. Addicts need to find an additional source of strength to protect them from the temptations that drug and alcohol abuse presents. From the scripture:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” – Corinthians 10:13
Look at it this way. As of 2010, there were an estimated 23.5 million people addicted to drugs and alcohol in the United States, with a likely increase in recent years due to the growing opioid epidemic. The relapse rate is similarly high among people who went through treatment programs, suggesting that a standard, secular treatment program is not as effective alone as it could be. It seems that seeking a higher motivation could have a vast and powerful effect on stemming the tide of addiction.
At our facilities, this means integration of God’s word and the scripture into our treatment programs. Our patients have found that gaining strength through the bible is easy in a supportive environment where distractions are limited and community fellowship with God is possible.
Are Faith-Based Rehab Programs Effective?
In the past few decades, policy about drug and alcohol addiction treatment has ignored integration of faith and God’s word more and more when discussing treatment strategies. The fact is, however, that using Christian themes in addiction treatment can be more effective than some of the alternatives.
From an article published in Public Justice Report, 2001:
“A study of New York prisoners who had taken part in Prison Fellowship Bible studies showed them to have a much lower recidivism rate than a matched group of prisoners who had not taken part in Bible Studies. Of those who took part in only 10 Bible studies, a mere 14 percent were rearrested within a year of their release, while among the matched group of those who had not taken part, 41 percent were rearrested.”
Similar studies around the country matched these results, showing that using the scripture and the word of God can have better results in motivating addicts to get and stay clean.
How Can Addicts Find Strength From the Bible?
It’s understandable that reading about the power of the bible is easier than tapping into that power yourself. Many addicts may be grasping to reclaim their power, but are lost in the ways to do so.
As always, Road to Freedom can put you on a path to recovery. If you want to take part in a faith-based, comprehensive approach to addiction treatment, call us today or go online to check that your insurance is covered.
Weekly Church Services
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” – James 1:2-3
The Bible teaches that trials and temptations should not be treated as failures but as opportunities to persevere and gain strength through fellowship. A treatment strategy that uses weekly church services can give a group of addicts the ability to overcome challenges and study the meaning of the scripture as a group.
Bible Study Integration in Treatment
Like group church services as part of a treatment program, individual or group Bible study can uncover the meaning of God’s lessons, and put them on the same plane of understanding as addiction. Using the word of God, addicts can find the strength to recover and persevere.
“call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” – Psalms 50:15
One of our pastors explains in a blog post how addiction is inherently tied to Christian themes in the bible, and how his time as an outreach therapist has shaped his understanding of how the Bible can provide strength even in the worst of times. Recovering from addiction isn’t easy, with the suffering of withdrawal and the long road to reaching recovery and understanding your triggers and the circumstances that led to your condition.
The Bible says as much in Peter 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” Counseling with faith leaders can help you channel God’s word into your own strength and recovery.
Bible Integration at The Road to Freedom
When you’re at your lowest in the face of addiction, you need a source of strength to drag yourself up from the bottom and find a reason to get better. The first step is to carry out is to admit that you need help, and the next is to find a treatment program that will help you gain strength from the Bible and from the word of God.
At Road to Freedom, we offer a wide array of faith-based addiction treatment services to help you follow a path to recovery. From medically supervised detox to inpatient, partial inpatient and outpatient recovery programs, we use the scripture to motivate our clients throughout the difficult road through our entire programs. Our facility offers physical exercise programs, Christian addiction counseling and Christian 12-step meetings to ensure that your recovery is reached through God.
If you or a loved one find yourselves struggling with addiction, call our 24-hour helpline at (844) 402-3605 and receive the kind of help that has shown to result in successful recovery and lifelong strength.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Phillippians 4:13