Christian Counseling Services
In the United States, mental health is often viewed with a strong stigma, despite the often uncontrollable circumstances surrounding problems with addiction, anxiety, depression, and other like issues. For some reason, even seeking help is seen as a weakness or a point of shame, even if there's nothing you could have done differently.
This stigma is especially true for those suffering from addiction. Using and abusing drugs and alcohol can be seen as a sin, bringing about deep shame as use continues to spiral out of control. Many Christians hesitate to seek help for these kinds of complications, hiding in embarrassment rather than admitting a need for assistance.
Despite the judgment and pressure that can come with accepting the reality of a problem, this is an important step. There is nothing to be ashamed of when seeking help; in fact, the Bible encourages using Scripture to better yourself and make positive changes.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." With guidance and learning, it's possible to overcome struggles and sins while growing in the eyes of God.
If you are seeking a Christian resource for recovery from addiction and abuse, Road to Freedom is here to help. As a Christ-centered treatment center offering caring, compassionate rehabilitation, we are prepared to help you reclaim sobriety once more. Please contact us at (844) 402-3605 to learn more about our counseling services.
Types of Christian Counseling
Christian counseling, also known as soul-care, is a holistic approach to therapy that utilizes both proven counseling methods and spiritual teaching to remedy challenges in life. The purpose of counseling is to encourage personal growth in mind, body, and spirit in order to handle, address, or move beyond problems.
At Road to Freedom, we utilize two different methods of care in conjunction to help our patients see positive progress with their addiction: group counseling and individual counseling.
Group counseling is an option in which a group of individuals suffering from similar conditions come together to speak about struggles, experiences, successes, coping mechanisms, and more. Led by a group leader, often a licensed therapist, who dictates topics or requests feedback, therapy groups can handle all kinds of topics, from addiction to crises of faith. Group counseling is less intimate and personal, but many patients benefit from the support of a peer group.
Individual counseling involves one-on-one sessions with a therapist to explore personal issues. This form of treatment can offer many benefits for an extremely large list of problems, from general anxiety to addiction to coping with disease. Unlike group counseling that caters to a large number of people, individual counseling is extremely personalized in order to address specific concerns. As a confidential and private experience, patients can feel safe disclosing sensitive information in a judgment-free zone.
How Christian Counseling Can Help
Christian counseling is a very valuable tool, helping patients to target the baseline issues that cause and perpetuate substance abuse and other challenges. For those who have never experienced counseling, it may seem hard to believe, but patients are able to see true growth and success through proven counseling techniques. You won't be alone, either; nearly 60 million Americans also choose counseling to better themselves, break bad habits, and manage mental health problems.
At Road to Freedom, we are able to use Christian counseling to help patients with a wide range of issues.
As the key focus of Road to Freedom, substance abuse is the main target of our therapy programs. Through a combination of group and individual counseling, we work to address the drivers behind addiction, combat the facets that can be controlled, and teach healthy coping mechanisms for those that cannot. Individual counseling can help the personal side of substance abuse, while group counseling can provide perspective from other patients.
Therapy is often a first line of defense for mental health issues, helping to work through the unique challenges that accompany conditions like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, and more. By talking through feelings and detailing symptoms, therapists can use psycho-therapeutic techniques to help patients. In time, these practices can help patients see a reduction in side effects and a healthier lifestyle overall.
In many patients, especially those with co-occurring disorders like OCD or PTSD, behavioral issues can contribute significantly to addictive habits. Through Christian counseling methods, we can help to retrain poor responses in order to minimize compulsions and other actions that contribute to addiction. Clinical approaches to counseling can see improvements in overall behavior, helping patients to feel better, happier, and healthier.
Signs You Need Christian Counseling
As a Christian, it can be hard to admit that you need aid outside of what God has to offer. It's often easy to convince yourself that everything is fine, or that you will be okay on your own, but this is rarely the case. Addiction isn't a problem that can treat itself; instead, you need a Christian approach to rehabilitation to see the success you want.
Proverbs 11:14 says that "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." There is nothing shameful about seeking help, and the right support system can help you move ahead with strength, confidence, and conviction.
If you see these signs in yourself or those you love, Christian counseling may be the right path forward.
Inability to Control Substance Use
As Proverbs 20:1 states, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise." While some Christians manage to drink socially without consequence, moderation is key in all aspects of life. When your use is no longer under control, however, help is necessary. If one drink leads to more and more or drug use is taking over, you have a problem that requires rehabilitation to address.
Signs of Addiction
Addiction shows many inward and outward signs. If you feel the need to use substances to handle stressors, hide use from others, steal to afford access to substances, or lie about frequency of use, your addiction may be worse than you realize. Christian counseling can help you come to terms with your situation, target the causes of use, and remedy the motivations behind addiction.
A Worsening Relationship With God
As addiction worsens, it's not uncommon to feel alone or abandoned by God. You may feel shame in setting aside your convictions, stress in your ability to recover alone, or guilty for turning away from the Lord. Christian counseling can help you explore the challenges in your relationship, help you recover your faith, and strengthen the ties you feel to God.
The Importance of Counseling
When you are struggling, whether you feel as though you can't control your life, your addiction is standing in the way of your happiness, or God has turned away from you, Christian counseling can make a difference.
Counseling is not an admittance of weakness or the easy way out. Instead, it can help you live a more productive and joyous life. Through counseling, you can better understand yourself, your connection to God, and the reality of the world around you. When it seems like no one will listen, a counselor will hear your concerns, your ideas, your troubles, and your stories to help you find a treatment that's right for you.
With a grounding in God, Christian counseling can provide the assistance you need to stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
How Road to Freedom Can Help
Road to Freedom is a rehabilitation program that uses Christian counseling to address addiction and co-occurring disorders. Counseling can work with the specific issues that affect your life, no matter how they manifest.
Anxiety disorders often go hand in hand with addiction and, when left untreated, can exacerbate the side effects of abuse. We are happy to work with patients suffering from:
- Panic disorders
- Specific phobias
- Social anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
Mood disorders can also play into addiction, leading to increased use or abuse in response to problems. This is especially true in conditions like:
- Bipolar disorder
When eating is out of control, substance abuse is a common way to respond. As such, it's no surprise that approximately 50% of eating disorder patients also suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Accordingly, we work with the complications that arise from disorders like:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Bulimia nervosa
- Binge eating disorder
Christian counseling is not the only thing we are able to provide for our patients. We are also pleased to offer access to resources like:
- Safe, medically-supervised drug and alcohol detoxification
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Adolescent programs
- Biblically-based 12 Step meetings
- Family workshops:
- Court Liaison Program
- Holistic therapies
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare services
As a Christian, God's love and guidance mean everything. It's normal to feel lost while struggling with addiction, but Road to Freedom can put you back on the right track with Christian counseling. If you are suffering with addiction to drugs or alcohol and any co-occurring disorders, please contact us today at (844) 402-3605.