Christian Substance Abuse Treatment
While the use of many illicit drugs has stabilized during this century, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that not everyone who needs treatment for drugs or alcohol addiction gets help, and that can lead to very serious consequences.
Some consequences of substance abuse can include:
- Poor performance that leads to issues at school or work
- Loss of a job or opportunity for your career
- Loss of educational opportunities
- Strained or terminated relationships with friends and family
- Serious health issues
The National Institute on Drug Abuse keeps records of deaths caused by overdose of drugs and alcohol. From 2001 through 2014, the number of overdose deaths rose and deaths from drugs such as opioids, benzodiazepines, prescription pain medications or tranquilizers, cocaine and heroin number in the tens of thousands each year for the United States.
Substance abuse disorders and addictions don’t pick and choose victims from certain types of people. Though some might be genetically predisposed to addictive disorders, anyone can become physically dependent on a substance despite their background, financial status, moral fortitude or religion. Addictions can and do plague Christians, even the most faithful servants.
If you are dealing with an addiction, there is a path to sobriety. One road to recovery is through an inpatient rehabilitation program that balances Biblical principles with proven medical and behavioral therapy processes to help you overcome drug use. If you want to step onto the Road to Frredom today, call us now at (844) 402-3605.
What is substance abuse?
The World Health Organization defines substance abuse as any use of psychoactive substances in a way that is hazardous or harmful. This includes illegal drugs, prescription medications used outside of the orders of a healthcare professional and alcohol used excessively or in ways that is risky or unhealthy.
The Bible seems to agree with WHO on this definition. Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” Some Christians use verses like this to condemn any use of alcohol or other substances, but what the Proverb seems to be saying is that when we let alcohol or drugs lead our lives, we are not wise and are led astray. We make poor decisions and bring harm of emotional, physical and mental types into our lives – this is a key element of many substance abuse disorders.
What is addiction?
The definition for addiction is slightly different than that of substance abuse, though they are related. Addiction means that your mind or body is dependent upon a substance, seemingly for survival. You might logically know that you won’t die if you stop using the substance, but various withdrawal symptoms could drive you back to the drug or drink whenever you try to quit.
Is addiction a disease?
Addiction has been defined as a chronic disease process. That means it may be necessary to, not only fight against addiction with only prayer and positive thoughts, but with professional help, because chemical dependency can mean something has changed in your body. Most experts agree that the way to battle addiction is through a combination of medical detox and behavioral therapy, and Christian drug rehab aligns those two measures with faith and Biblical counseling.
What common substances can lead to dependence or addiction?
Some Christians mistakenly believe that you have to delve into illegal substances to become addicted, but that simply isn’t true. Alcohol, for example, is legal and there is even some evidence that in small doses for someone without a chemical dependency issue, alcohol is healthy. Many prescription drugs that can be addicting are legal and save lives every day.
Simply staying away from illegal substances doesn’t keep you safe from addiction. One reason Christians in particular struggle with addiction without seeking treatment is because they are ashamed of falling into dependency. They think it makes them look immoral or as if their faith isn’t strong enough. Remember, though, that anyone can fall prey to an addiction, and eventually an addiction might lead even the most righteous person to break the law just to feed a need for drugs or alcohol.
The following substances, both legal and illegal, can be addicting.
- Opioid pain relief medication such as Vicodin
- Stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall
- Depressants and tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium
Signs someone might be abusing substances
If you believe you or someone you love is dealing with a substance abuse issue, then look for some of these behavioral signs.
- Problems paying attention to conversations, games or other complex happenings, or problems with memory
- Sudden and unexplained poor performance at work or school
- Disinterest in friends or romantic relationships that previously were of importance
- Lying or stealing
- Irritability or mood changes
- Changes in appetite or sleep
- Making risky or strange decisions
Each type of drug or alcohol can come with certain physical symptoms of use too. You can find information about the specific physical symptoms of abuse on our pages dedicated to various substances.
If you suspect someone you love is dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction, take a step to get them help. As a Christian, you are called to love and help others, and you can do that now by calling (844) 402-3605. You’ll speak with a caring, professional Christian counselor who can provide you some options for assisting yourself or a loved one. All calls are kept completely confidential.
Seeking Christian substance abuse treatment
Inpatient treatment that involves both medical and therapy aspects is one of the most successful ways to treat a substance use disorder. At the Road to Recovery, we offer a range of inpatient treatment options, including:
- Medical detox to help you remove toxic chemicals from your body without succumbing to serious withdrawal symptoms
- Behavioral therapy to help you understand the root causes for your drug or alcohol use and develop strong and healthy coping mechanisms to support ongoing sobriety
- Pastoral counseling to help you draw nearer to God and bring your faith to bear on your addiction and recovery
- Bible study and group therapy to help you develop a strong support system and faith foundation
- Education, retraining, career assistance and legal liaison services as needed
The benefits of inpatient Christian drug rehab
We know that no one wants to drop their life to enter an inpatient recovery facility, but we also know that if drugs or alcohol are running your life, things aren’t going to get better until you make a bold move. Inpatient Christian drug rehab lets you get away from the world and the things that might be driving you to use drugs or alcohol. It also lets you work daily with caring professionals and concentrate on your own mental and physical health, which is critical to beating an addiction.
Working with Christian counselors and therapists
Our Christian counselors and therapists are with you every step of the way in your inpatient journey. We start by ensuring you understand exactly what is involved in the program and helping you navigate insurance matters. We accept most major insurance policies, and much of your treatment might be covered by insurance.
During your stay, we work to make you comfortable, but we also challenge you with new concepts, knowledge and faith steps. We want to help you build spiritual and life muscles so you are strong enough to resist temptation and drugs or alcohol when you return to regular life.
We also know that you have to make a major choice during recovery, and it’s a choice you have to make every single day for the rest of your life. Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
You can choose to be a slave to drugs and alcohol, or you can choose to strive for sobriety. We help you develop a support network and appropriate aftercare to make striving for sobriety a more successful option.
Don’t choose death or a life of drugs and alcohol. Call us today at (844) 402-3605 to find out how you can choose a more abundant life.