Many used to view addiction as a moral failing or weakness of spirit. Today, the medical community and a large part of society see addiction as more than that. In fact, most people know it to be the disease that it is. Even so, most addicts still have a tendency to blame themselves for their condition. This self-loathing and sense of hopelessness can make it extremely difficult to break the cycle of substance abuse. But there is hope. Many addicts have found that one way to truly find confidence and motivation at the lowest point in life is through gaining strength from the Bible.
At Road to Freedom, we combat addiction and those feelings of hopelessness with fellowship and faith in God. Our staff and pastors use a combination of faith-based detox and treatment with 12-step meetings, Bible Study, weekly church meetings, and other communal events to help patients in recovery find strength through the Bible. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call our counselors at (844) 402-3605. We are available 24 hours a day.
Why Turn to the Bible?
The sad truth about addiction is that it has no cure. Even when undergoing treatment, relapse is not only likely but practically inevitable. So, patients in addiction recovery need an additional source of strength to protect them from the temptations of drugs and alcohol. This is where the Bible comes in. 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. Also, there was a projected increase in recent years due to the growing opioid epidemic. The relapse rate is similarly high among people who went through treatment programs. This suggests 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 with limited distractions. All of them have found that community fellowship with God is possible.
The Effectiveness of Faith-Based Rehab
In the past few decades, 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 [that they had] a much lower [rearrest] rate than [those] who had [not]. Of those who took part in only 10 Bible studies, 14% [returned to prison] within a year of their release… [Among] the group who had not [participated in Bible studies], 41% [returned to prison].”
Similar studies around the country matched these results. So, as evidence suggests, using the scripture and the word of God can have better results in motivating patients in addiction recovery to get and stay clean.
How Can Patients in Addiction Recovery 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 patients in addiction recovery may be trying to reclaim their power, but might feel too lost to find it.
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 confirm your insurance coverage.
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”
The Bible teaches that trials and temptations are not failures but opportunities to persevere and gain strength through fellowship. A treatment strategy that uses weekly church services can give a group of patients in addiction recovery 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, patients in addiction recovery 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.”
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. Then, the next is to find a treatment program that will help you gain strength from the Bible and 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 you reach your recovery 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