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01.27.2020

Do You Have to Be Christian to Go to Christian Rehab Centers?

Rehab is often a necessary process for any person trying to get free from addiction. There are many types of rehab facilities that help people to recover from drug and alcohol abuse. Many of them are standard treatment facilities that help people regardless of their background or religious belief. However, some of them are operated on certain religious principles. Christian rehab centers are one example of a faith-based organization that provides recovery services. The services provided by these recovery organizations are designed to help people whether they believe in Christianity or not.

Services Provided by Faith-Based Christian Rehab Centers

By law, a rehab center must provide certain recovery services for people in need. If they don’t, they cannot legally claim to be a rehab center. Also, they won’t be able to help people to overcome addiction. Each rehab facility requirements will vary by state. However, there are some regulations and laws that all recovery facilities must meet. These regulations include:

• They must have the right type of treatment programs for individuals addicted to opioid substances.

• They must have licensed professionals to provide addiction treatment medications and services.

• They usually are required to take patients and generally cannot reject them based off their personal or religious beliefs.

So, a Christian organization cannot simply turn people away just because they don’t believe in their doctrine. If a person chooses not to enroll in a faith-based rehab center that is up to them. Sometimes, a person can be assigned to a faith-based Christian program by the courts. In situations such as these an individual might not be accepted into a facility if the sponsoring organization feels as if they are not able to help them. Courts will usually comply with such requests and try to figure out an alternative way to provide treatment services for a person needing rehab.

You also should know that a Christian facility cannot alter rehab services to create their own programs. All rehab programs must adhere to state and federal guidelines. However, they can add their own unique belief system if it doesn’t interfere with the mandatory laws and regulations that are needed to operate a facility.

An Unbeliever can Receive Treatment from a Christian Rehab Center

Once again, a person doesn’t have to be a Christian to receive help from a Christian recovery facility. You should also know that any facility that stops an addict from getting recovery services could be illegal. Sometimes, a Christian facility might be the best choice for an unbelieving addict, or it might be the only place where they can receive aid. Even a privately funded rehab program must be careful about how they deal with unbelieving addicts. Just because they receive private funding this does not mean they can automatically reject people for unbelief. Also, when the government backs a rehab program, that facility must make sure they are not doing anything that violates a person’s constitutional rights.

What if an unbeliever doesn’t care for Christian doctrine?

Not everybody believes in Jesus. Not everybody wants to live a Christian lifestyle. However, that does not mean that an addict couldn’t benefit from a Christian based recovery program. Many Christian based programs use the teachings and wisdom of Jesus Christ and the Bible in general. While they might not agree with the Bible’s teachings, they can benefit from some of its tenants during the recovery process.

An unbelieving addict will have to carefully consider rejecting a Christian based treatment program. That program might be the best choice for them reaching sobriety. However, a Christian based program cannot accept an unbeliever and then throw them out just because they are having a hard time accepting or following doctrinal rules. As a long as a patient is following the rules of a facility and is not doing anything to harm, jeopardize or destroy life or property within a facility; they can still receive treatment.

Thankfully, many Christian rehab organizations don’t turn people away. Their goal is to follow the example of Jesus by helping people to lift their burden, to find hope and to be made whole. If you’re suffering from addiction, don’t worry about what you personally believe. Call us at 800-737-0933 and we will help you to overcome your struggles with drugs or alcohol.

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