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Is Christian Alcohol Rehab Better than Secular Rehab?

Belief in a Higher Power has been a part of addiction recovery since Alcoholics’ Anonymous was founded in 1935. In modern times, rehab centers for addiction have emerged. Certain types of rehabs exist to cater to specific populations. One of those certain types of rehabs is Christian rehabs. If you are considering a Christian alcohol rehab, you may be questioning if a Christian alcohol rehab is better than a secular alcohol rehab. The simple answer is it depends on each person and his or her personal belief system.

There are no general differences in quality between Christian and secular rehabs. Both types of rehabs must meet the same standards by law and most likely offer the same types of therapies. The only difference is a Christian rehab will be providing tools for recovery that are based in the Christian perspective. If you are a strong practicing Christian or the Christian ideology simply sits well with you, a Christian alcohol rehab may certainly benefit you because it will be centered around the Higher Power of Your Understanding. However, if you are an agnostic, atheist, or non-practicing Christian, a Christian rehab might not be the best fit. Which type of rehab is better for you will vary upon what you are comfortable with. While many of the principals taught in a Christian rehab are universal and apply to different faiths and levels of religiosity, the Christian concepts may be hard to ignore for those who do not possess that worldview.

The Elements of a Christian Alcohol Rehab

If you have decided that a Christian rehab is better for you than a secular rehab, here is what you can expect:

• Medical Detox and Evidence-Based Therapy
A myth about Christian or faith-based rehabs is that they only use religion and no scientific-based treatments. For most Christian rehabs, that myth is not true. Most of them use medical detox and evidence based psychological therapies in conjunction with Christian principals. For example, staff may pray over you during the detox process or your counselor will talk about turning childhood traumas over to Jesus during cognitive-behavioral therapy.
• Religious Services
Christian rehabs may host religious services one to several times a week in the rehab center or provide transportation to a local church. Whether or not attending some or all of these services is mandatory depends on the rehab center.
• Biblical Principals
Since the Bible is the basis for Christian principals, it will often be quoted and read in group sessions. Your counselor may also use it during individual sessions.
• Christian-Based Policies
Christian rehabs may have certain policies that are aligned with Christian beliefs (e.g. certain clothing, literature, or makeup being prohibited; mandatory attendance of religious services, or affection between opposite sexes being prohibited). The policies will vary upon Christian rehab. Some may have more traditional rules while others will have less rules and only use universal Christian principles in treatment.
• The 12 Steps in a Christian Perspective
In a regular 12-Step Meeting, each member is allowed to have the Higher Power of His or Her Own Understanding. However, in a Christian rehab, the Higher Power being discussed will be strictly focused on God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

How Belief in a Higher Power Aids in Recovery

Even if a Christian rehab is not for you or you do not have any religion at all, belief in a Higher Power of Your Understanding is beneficial for recovery. Recovery is a difficult process that is full of uncertainty. Having faith in a Higher Power (e.g. God, Jesus, the Universe, nature, Allah, the recovery program itself, etc.) can help put some of your fears about the future to rest. A saying that many people have in recovery is “Ask for help every day, and do not worry about who you are asking.” Instead of thinking of a Higher Power as someone who is taking control over your life or sitting on a throne judging you, think of your Higher Power as a best friend to walk with you and provide loving guidance on your journey through sending you the right people, places, things, and events at the right time. Belief in a Higher Power can also help you put your past in perspective to help you heal from traumas.

Twelve-Step Programs are spiritual, not religious programs, which means they are about having an awakening to your own personal spirit. Their focus is not on worshiping a particular Higher Power or making you adhere to a certain religious doctrine. Because they are a spiritual program, they are designed to help you find the Higher Power of Your Understanding. When you take a look within yourself, you will be able to find your personal Higher Power and build a bridge to that Higher Power as you see fit. For some people, religion may play a major role in their spiritual journey while others may do better without it.

Both Christian and secular rehabs exist in the South Florida region. Contact us at 800-737-0933 today.

When Can You See Your Family During Alcoholism Rehab?

Making the commitment to participate in an inpatient alcohol treatment program can be an unnerving experience. It means stepping away from everything you know only to put your care in the company of strangers. That sense of uncertainty can actually be frightening to some and stirs many questions about how family relationships will be managed. Taking the time to understand how family is handled in a rehab environment can go a long way toward setting your mind at ease.

Depending on your familial relationships, your loved ones may be equally concerned with whether or not they will be able to see you in the facility. After all, treatment typically lasts 28 days or more and that can be a long time to go without seeing a parent, sibling, spouse, or child. Fortunately, visitations are permitted in most cases, though they’re regulated by laws and the facility’s own rules.

You Will Not Be Alone

As you begin treatment, you will not be permitted to see your family members. This is not a decision made out of cruelty or malice, but out of a concern for your recovery. The early phase of your treatment will be the most difficult and visits from loved can be distracting and counterproductive. This is a time for you to focus on yourself and on getting well.

Meanwhile, your family members may try to find out about your situation and may feel frustrated that the treatment center’s representatives won’t disclose any information about you. The treatment facility likely has its own rules on confidentiality that prohibit revealing this type of information, but there are federal laws in place as well. This ensures your privacy is protected, while you’re attempting to get well. You can share your experiences with your family, once you can begin visitations.

Eventually, Family Involvement Will Be Encouraged

In the early phases of rehab, you’ll rely on the support offered by other recovering alcoholics. While this is certainly helpful and encourages open sharing, peer support can’t replace the support offered by family. This is why family visitations will be permitted down the road. Getting support from family members goes a long way toward reducing the risks of a relapse, so treatment facilities try to get family members involved in the recovery process.
Some treatment centers offer a family day on a regular basis. This allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones, but also benefits your recovery process. There are three primary ways family involvement aids the recovery process:

  • Accurate Assessment – Family visitations let caregivers see how the recovering addict associates with family members.
  • Encouragement – Visitations motivate recovering addicts to continue to improve, so they can return home as soon as possible.
  • Rebuilding Trust – This is also an opportunity to address the relationship issues caused by alcoholism. It’s an opportunity to begin rebuilding relationships.

Talking to Your Children About Rehab

One of the biggest concerns the treatment process raises is in how to talk to your young children about your addiction treatment. This is something that needs to be addressed, because you will have to explain to them why they won’t see you for awhile. This may involve explaining that they will have to live with another family member, as well. It’s important to set aside the time to discuss the situation, so your children will have a good understanding. Otherwise, they may blame themselves for your absence.

Prior to this discussion, take the time to familiarize yourself with the facts about addiction and alcoholism. Your children will have many questions, so you will want to be prepared to answer them. You should also think about how you’ll speak to them. If you use medical jargon or talk too far above them, they may have difficulty understanding your answers. Instead, use words that are more appropriate for their ages. When answering their questions, be honest and as open as possible, while stressing that they aren’t the cause of your addiction. This will be a difficult discussion and it’s important to make sure your children aren’t left feeling responsible for the situation. They should simply be made to understand that you’re going away to heal, so you’ll be healthier and happier.

When you are ready to get help for your alcoholism, you can contact one of our counselors at 800-737-0933. We’re available 24 hours a day to answer your questions and schedule a consultation. Making this call is the first step towards recovering from your addiction.