Christian Mental Health Counseling
Christians are not immune to mental health issues. Some Christians skirt issues related to behavioral health with beliefs about prayer and spiritual warfare – if your faith is strong enough, God will set up a stronghold in your mind and protect you from mental health disorders, they believe. In reality, that's not how God or our bodies usually work.
1 Peter 5:7 says to cast all your cares on Christ, because he cares for you. That is absolutely true, but Jesus is in the business of healing souls, and sometimes that doesn't mean he heals your body. That's especially true if you never seek help with healing your body or mind.
Mental health disorders are often tied to physical symptoms within the body – including chemical processes in the brain. They aren't an indication that someone has too little faith or too much fear; mental health conditions usually warrant professional treatment and often require medication. Mental health conditions also don't discriminate. You can't be strong enough, good enough or aware enough to avoid them, and if you abuse drugs, you could be at greater risk for suffering from behavioral health issues.
If you are dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, paranoia or other mental health issues, call us at (844) 402-3605 today. Our Christian counselors take calls 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and every call is confidential. We can help you understand how to seek Biblically-based, professional treatment for your drug use or mental health condition.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health describes a wider range of functioning than many people realize. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mental health refers to social, emotional and psychological well-being. The state of your mental health affects how you act, think and feel, and it can determine how you interact with other people, shoulder stress and responsibility and make choices throughout your life.
If your body is a temple that you should care for, as Scriptures note, then your mind and your mental health are the cornerstone of that temple. Without a healthy state of mind and emotions, you are unable to live a full life. Since God wants you to live an abundant life, we believe he also wants you to seek assistance when mental health issues impair your ability to do so.
What Are Some Common Mental Health/Behavioral Disorders?
At Road to Freedom, we're experienced with a number of mental health disorders, particularly when they are related to drug abuse and addiction. Some behavioral disorders we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Depression - Everyone feels sad or depressed from time to time, but when feelings of sorrow and hopelessness seem unending or keep you from functioning in daily life, you might be suffering from clinical depression.
- Anxiety - Anxiety disorders come in a variety of types and they can make it extremely difficult to handle simple tasks daily. Some people with anxiety disorders can't leave their homes or even handle routine daily care for themselves when anxiety is at its worst.
- Panic attacks - Panic attacks can occur as symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders, but could also be a singular mental health issue. Someone who suffers panic attacks might be fine much of the time but suddenly experience acute and disabling anxiety – often at the worst possible times.
- Dual Diagnoses - Dual diagnoses occur when someone is abusing drugs or is addicted to drugs at the same time they are experiencing mental health issues. One diagnosis might lead to the other, but in some instances, there is no causation between them.
What Are Some Signs of Mental Health Issues?
If you are struggling with mental health issues, it can be extremely frightening, especially since you might not be able to tell at first that you have a behavioral disorder. Because mental health issues play on your experience with reality, you might have a hard time understanding where your perception and emotions end and where real life begins.
It's common for people to hide their worries about mental health issues out of fear or shame, but this is a great example of the importance of fellowship in a Christian lifestyle. God didn't put you on this earth alone – he surrounds us with family, friends, social structures and churches for a reason. Don't be afraid to reach out and discuss your concerns with someone else, who might be able to tell you if you are exhibiting any signs of mental illness. Some common signs of mental health issues include:
- Confused thinking or inability to concentrate normally
- Prolonged sadness, irritability or other signs of depression
- Delusions, which can manifest as strange thoughts or beliefs
- Sudden large changes in sleeping habits, including either sleeping more or sleeping much less
- Sudden changes in eating or appetite, including eating more or less
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
- Withdrawing from friends and family or feelings of isolation even around others
- Excessive worries or fears
- Anger or aggression, especially uncontrolled
- Inability to cope with daily problems or simple obstacles
- Hallucinations, which involve seeing or hearing things that are not present
- Complaints of physical ailments without causation or diagnosis
- Defiance of authority or refusal to tend to obligations and responsibilities
- Drug or substance abuse
Dual Diagnoses: Mental Health and Drugs
Some individuals suffering from mental health issues abuse drugs as a way to self-medicate. They might seek highs through drug use to combat depression, for example, or take tranquilizers to help stave off anxiety, paranoia or hallucinations.
Drug use can be a sign of mental health issues, but it can also precipitate mental health disorders. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, MDMA, methamphetamine, inhalants and prescriptions stimulants can cause long-lasting changes in your brain. Those changes can lead to depression, hallucinations, aggression or paranoia, creating co-occurring disorders that require professional treatment.
Whatever reason you're experiencing mental health issues, you don't have to fight this battle alone. Call us at (844) 402-3605 today to find out how you can get help and return to a more fruitful life.
How Christ-Centered Counselors Can Help
Our Christ-centered treatment facility is staffed by Christian counselors and other professionals who help you apply your faith alongside proven medical and behavioral therapy approaches. We don't promise a miracle cure or an easy recovery, because those things are not often how God chooses to address illnesses in this world. We do believe that he attends to those he loves through the hands and hearts of others who he prepared for such work.
Our Christian treatment processes are customized to meet your needs and drug addiction or mental health issue. In some cases, we start with detox to get toxic drugs out of your system and help you get through the withdrawal process; in all cases, we believe in coupling behavioral therapy with holistic approaches that treat your mind, body and spirit.
Some treatment options include:
- Group and individual therapy
- Bible study and pastoral counseling
- Education about mental health and addiction issues
- Education on nutrition, exercise, recreation and career choices
- Retraining to assist with career options following discharge
- Court liaison services to assist with any legal issues you might have found yourself in prior to admission
- Aftercare planning so you remain supported following treatment
Living A Full Life Despite Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues or drug addiction don't have to be the end of your life. With the right intervention now, you can live a full life despite these issues. 2 Timothy 1:7 says the Spirit God gave us is not one of fear, but of "power, love and self-discipline." The goal of our Christian Treatment Center is to help you find that power and self-discipline in yourself, and learn through loving, compassionate treatment how to use it when you're in need.
Mental health issues and addictions don't just go away. We can't promise you'll never struggle with these demons again after spending time in our treatment center. But we can promise to help you through these issues and ensure you have a solid foundation in place so you know how to deal with triggers and other issues in the future.
Don't wait for things to get worse. Call us now at (844) 402-3605 to find out how to make them better.