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Christian Addiction Recovery: Scripture In Addiction Treatment

Philip Dvorak

The integration of Scripture and Biblical principles are integral parts of treatment for patients participating in our Road Less Traveled recovery program. The letters, poetry and history in the Bible can resonate with those of us impacted by the devastation of addiction.

You might have heard of the story of the Prodigal Son, also referred to as the Parable of the Lost Son. If you’re not familiar with the story, you can find it in the book of Luke Chapter 15 verses 11-32. The Prodigal Son is a timeless story. During one of our group sessions, this story is used as a type of reflective exercise. Each patient is encouraged to “imagine” themselves as each of the different participants in the story. Narrative versions of the story are read from each of the different character’s points of view (i.e. the father, the older brother and the lost son). This exercise then leads into a guided discussion where patients are helped to process how this story and exercise applies to their recovery. It has proven itself to be a powerful and healing exercise.

This is just one way in which the use of Scripture and Biblical principles are being used to positively impact the lives of those we have been entrusted to care for.

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you meet us in your Son and brought us home.

Your Brother in Christ,

Pastor Philip Dvorak MS, LMHC

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