Addiction is a disease; it is a horrible, debilitating, embarrassing, chronic disease that so many people misunderstand. Some people look down their noses at those of us who suffer from addiction, claiming it isn't really a disease and that we "brought it on ourselves." Those people are wrong. Given the choice, none of us would willingly choose to leash ourselves to this roller coaster of highs and lows, sickness and euphoria. No one chooses to become addicted.
Addiction is a disease.
And if you are one of the 20 million+ Americans suffering from this disease, we want you to know: We see you. We understand. We do not judge you. And more than that, we want you to know that there is always hope for you. If you are an addict who is considering getting clean, choosing the right rehab facility for yourself is one of the most important decisions you can make. There are many options out there, including Christian rehab.
What is Christian Rehab?
Christian rehab is a rehabilitation facility for people just like you who are suffering from addiction. Christian rehab treats patients addicted to drugs and alcohol, of course, but it is also a place for people with addictions to gambling, pornography, and sex. It is a Christ-centered place free from judgment, with trained professionals who treat not only the body and the mind but also the soul.
There are numerous Christian rehabs across the country with programs ranging from the standard 28 days to year long for those who need more intensive, prolonged treatment. In most ways, Christian rehab facilities are very similar to all other rehabs; patients have access to private counseling, group therapy, and certified doctors, nurses, and therapists. However, in addition to these treatment options, patients at Christian rehabs also receive a spiritual component to their treatment.
Are Their Churches or Chapels in Christian Rehab?
Most Christian rehab facilities do have an onsite church or chapel in their facilities; however, there are a few who don't. Those few usually have a partnership with a local church in the neighborhood where their patients go for services each week. Because these rehab facilities are dedicated to Christian rehab centers, they put a strong emphasis on trusting God and allowing Jesus to fill you and help you overcome your disease through him.
Part of the recovery process at Christian rehabs includes turning your whole life around and rediscovering your faith. Regular group meetings to discuss the realities of addiction and how God can help you on your journey and attending regular church services each week are a huge part of the process, as well. Because attending regular services for your faith and building that relationship with God is so central to the Christian rehab recovery process, it is imperative centers have an onsite chapel or dedicated church nearby.
Do I Have to Be a Christian to Attend Christian Rehab?
Being a Christian - either practicing or non-practicing - is certainly encouraged if you are considering checking yourself into a Christian rehab facility. There are many other non-Christian and non-religious rehab facilities all across the country, so Christian rehab certainly isn't the only option for you in terms of finding a good rehab center. However, being a Christian is not a requirement for checking into this rehab.
If you are an agnostic who is searching for something more, if you are faithless but have an open mind and are willing to see if God is what your life has been missing, then Christian rehab might be the perfect place for you despite your agnosticism. The main goal of Christian rehab is to get you on the road to recovery and help you stick with it and remain clean, but the secondary goal - and perhaps even more important for Christians - is to help clean your soul and turn to Jesus to forgive any sins you've committed during your darkest days of addiction.
So whether you are a practicing Christian, an "off the wagon" Christian, or a non-Christian who is willing to attend regular faith services and talk to people about how God can help turn your life around, Christian rehab could be the right choice for you. Oftentimes, psychiatrists will tell you, addiction stems from the desire to fill an emptiness within yourself that you don't know how to fill any other way. Perhaps God is the answer to filling that hole inside you. If you are ready to take that first step on an admittedly scary road, now is the time. Don't let fear stop you from making what will be one of the most rewarding decisions of your life.
Reach out today at 800-737-0933 and find someone who will help you take those first steps. Remember, the first step is always the hardest. After that, God will be with you every step of the way.