Addiction & Soul Sickness
Individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs experience a life that is thrown off balance by addiction. Their families are torn apart. Their bodies grow sick. They often find themselves unable to perform at work or school. Social contacts may dwindle to only those who will abuse alcohol or drugs with them. But, even more, common and pervasive is that the alcoholic/addict becomes alienated from God. The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous recognized this fact and built the 12-Step program—a program that has changed the lives of millions of individuals around the world—upon clear Biblical principles.
Borrowing from Biblical truth, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that our physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual diseases can only be turned around through a “spiritual awakening.” The staff at Covenant Hills believes that a strong spiritual foundation is essential to an effective recovery program and that the nature of that spiritual foundation is revealed in the quality of each client’s relationship with God. We encourage and nurture this relationship in both the Christian and the Traditional programs.
The Spiritual Battle of Addiction
For those striving to help an addicted loved one overcome their disease, the pain of watching them struggle and stumble along the way can be devastating. You want so much to carry their burden and guide their steps, but they are prisoner to their own choices and bound by the disorder gripping their being.
You pray and speak life into their situation but know that the only way for them to conquer their addiction is to relinquish control and call upon God to give them strength.
That concept at its core is the genuine benefit of Christian-based rehab. It provides the empowerment of collaborating with a higher power to achieve sustained sobriety and long-term happiness.
I Corinthians 10:13 states, “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. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can endure it.”
Simply knowing this can mean the difference between giving up when times are difficult or pushing through to achieve that personal success. And while you can want the best for your addicted loved one and work incessantly to provide them support, no one is capable of monitoring their loved ones 24/7.
With a Christian-based rehab model, God is that strength that is with them every hour of every day, picking them up when they stumble and encouraging them when times seem bleak. This added support and accountability can fundamentally shift how your loved one progresses through rehab and bolster their spirits through the darkest of times.
The Focus on Christ-Centered Rehab
Psalm 50:15 states, “…and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me.”
Christ-centered rehab places Christ at the center of the treatment process, focusing not only on the strength He has to defeat you loved one’s addition, but also the promises He made to support them throughout their recovery journey.
Relinquishing control is an essential component to this process, and embracing Christ’s everlasting love and guidance is the most effective method of accomplishing this task.
Too often we want to believe that we are in total control, when this is not always the case. There are many times where life is moving at incredible speeds and the best we can do is hang on.
For your addicted loved one, this concept rings particularly true given their compulsive behavioral patterns and tendencies toward self-destruction. Christ-centered rehab works to reestablish that sense of control that they’ve lost through deeper meaning and understanding.
It encourages them to not only call upon the Lord for strength, but also rely upon Him when they feel isolated and alone. After all, what is life without faith and what is faith without God?
Effective Christian Rehab Approaches and Strategies
Implementing Christ as the therapeutic cornerstone is a tremendous way to ensure that the foundational constructs of your loved one’s treatment experience is clinically sound and structurally solid.
From there, treatment can incorporate additional Christian rehab approaches and strategies to aid in addressing all manners of addiction and maladaptive behavioral patterns. Your loved one will grow in their relationship with God in order to heal themselves, as the disease of addiction can destroy every part of them.
From cognitive functioning to physical functionality, addiction erodes every aspect of your loved one until all that is left is a shell of the person that once existed.
In Christian-based rehab, your loved one will focus on growing their relationship with God in order to heal their mind, body and soul through structured clinical interventions and spiritual awakening. This will include:
- Daily devotionals aimed at increasing scriptural knowledge
- Individual counseling sessions to facilitate healing dialogue
- Personal prayer and meditation to connect with God consistently
- Group sessions focused on improving personal social connections
This combination of spiritual interventions and clinical structure will feed your loved one’s soul while establishing their connection with God and addressing the negative decision patterns that impacted their addiction. The multifaceted approach encourages them to work through their issues and actively engage in the therapeutic process.
As Romans 5:3-4 states, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope.”
So, rejoice when your loved one struggles in therapy, because without that struggle, they would never know how satisfying their personal success and sobriety truly is.
What to Look for in Christ-Centered Drug Rehab Centers
When deciding on the most appropriate treatment center to attend, it is imperative to not only understand their clinical approach but also their spiritual perspective.
Taking the time to research the facility thoroughly, including their licensure and clinical staff, will provide great insight into how they function and the therapeutic approach they will take with your addicted loved one.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to rehab, so be selective and critical when making your decision. This process is laying the foundation for your loved one’s recovery journey. Take the time necessary to make sure they begin it with the proper guidance and oversight.
Christian-Based Addiction Treatment at Covenant Hills
With the right support and mentorship, your loved one can get clean; They can stay clean; They can believe in their future again.
When they’re ready to get sober and live their best life yet, Covenant Hills will be here ready to help them every step of the way.
We offer non-judgmental, life-changing guidance and meet every recovering addict right where they’re at in their addiction and spiritual journey.
Learn about our gender-specific, Christian-based addiction treatment programs, or contact us for a free and confidential assessment.