The Twelve Step Program was founded on the principals of Christianity. Most of the Twelve Steps have some mention of God or a Higher Power. Though the Twelve Steps possess the same healing power for modern addicts and their families, their wording is reflective of the time that they were written. In the 1930’s, which was the time that the Twelve Steps were written, the majority of Americans attended Christian churches and believed in the Christian God. Society has now evolved, and America has become more religiously diverse. The Twelve Step program modified the principals of God and a Higher Power to anything outside of yourself that can restore you to sanity (e.g. the Twelve Step program itself, your idea of a loving God, stars, etc.).
Christian rehab centers offer a treatment protocol that is centered on the principals of the Christian faith. Reading the Bible is a part of the program, and the original interpretation of the Twelve Steps that centered around the Christian God will be taught. A Christian rehab center is intended for recovering addicts who want to have a Christian-based recovery; there is little to no accommodation for those who do not want the Christian faith as a part of recovery.
Is a Christian Rehab Really Better?
Just like no two people are carbon copies of one another, no two addiction cases are carbon copies of one another, which is why there are rehabs that are focused towards specific populations (e.g. Christians, women, nationality, and LGBT) and most rehab center make custom treatment plans for each client. In the modern recovery program, a Higher Power is personal to everyone. For those who choose to make the Christian God their Higher Power, a Christian rehab may be more effective and offer a longer term recovery because it will cater to their faith and they will be in the company of those who are recovering from the same illness and share the same faith. However, a Christian rehab is not any more effective or offers a longer-term recovery for the general population because the general population’s faith is diverse. If a non-Christian attends a Christian rehab, he or she will reap little to no benefit from it and may be even more turned off by the idea of recovery.
Genesis House is a rehab center in Lake Worth Florida that offers a variety of programs that are geared towards specific populations, including:
• Professionals in Uniform (e.g. police, firefighters, correctional officers, etc.)
• Families of addicts.
Call us today at 800-737-0933 to learn more