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Information on Christian Drug Rehab

Last updated on: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
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Faith can be an integral part of rehabilitation and is offered by many faith based drug rehab centers. Rekindling one’s spirituality can be very helpful on the road to recovery, so getting your loved one into Christian drug rehab may be an excellent option for someone struggling with substance use. Christian substance use treatment programs incorporate the Christian faith into all aspects of drug and alcohol rehab. Biblical teachings are utilized with behavioral therapies and other approaches to help clients. Our comprehensive database provides information for numerous Christian rehabs.

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Faith-Based Drug Rehab

Christian drug rehab programs offer a faith-based framework with treatment. These programs specifically integrate Christian values and teachings through the course of rehabilitation. These rehabilitation programs are offered in different settings and can vary in length. Our experts suggest utilizing an inpatient facility that lasts at least 8-12 weeks to achieve the best chance at success.

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Who is Christian Rehab the Best For?

Christian drug rehab may be a good fit for individuals based on the following:

  • It benefits practicing Christians and people with a strong faith. It provides an opportunity to incorporate their faith into rehabilitation. This can include spiritual guidance, prayer, and biblical teachings.
  • Christian programs tend to offer holistic methods of treatment. They may focus on healing the whole person physically, mentally, and spiritually. In contrast, it can also be incorporated with traditional methodologies. 
  • Christian programs provide a strong, supportive, faith-based community. Like-minded individuals are coming together, sharing similar values and beliefs. It becomes a conducive environment for recovery. 
  • Counseling and therapy integrate spiritual principles throughout the therapeutic process and biblical teachings. It becomes a powerful process that helps to address underlying issues while also providing life skills and coping methods.
  • Guidance is provided by Christian professionals, pastors, and addiction therapists. These professionals can offer guidance, support, and counseling that aligns with biblical teachings and the Christian faith.

These programs are effective and offer a well-rounded rehabilitation approach. However, it is important to note these programs are not for everyone. Like any other form of treatment, it’s essential to find a program that is the best fit.

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  • How can a Christian drug rehab program help me overcome addiction?

    A Christian drug rehab program helps you or your loved one overcome addiction by reading the Bible and praying daily. This helps build a routine based on joy and positivity, asking God for forgiveness, and finding solace in praying with others. Moreover, you ask God to give you the strength to stay sober. The programs also incorporate other forms of therapy and counseling with teachings from the Bible.

  • Where in the Bible is it speaking about addiction?

    Throughout the Bible are numerous messages implicating substance abuse, namely alcohol. It speaks about harm to the body and the spirit. Passages include Proverbs 20:1, Galatians 5: 19-21, Romans 13: 13-14, and many others.

  • What do Christians say about substance use?

    In Christianity, it is believed that substance use is a temptation that leads you away from the light of God. It is challenging to be a Christian and continue to indulge in drugs and alcohol. However, in Christianity, individuals can accept God back into their lives and have their sins washed away. Regardless of how deep someone has fallen into addiction, there is always forgiveness from God.

  • What if I am not a Christian?

    Attending a Christian-based substance abuse treatment program has many inherent benefits, whether someone is Christian or not. Consider the following information:

      • These programs place a high value on providing an environment that helps people reconnect with everything good they have lost.

      • The programs utilize evidence-based therapies with Christian teachings.

      • The programs incorporate individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, life skills courses, relapse prevention, co-occurring disorder treatment, and family counseling.

      • The overall goal is to treat the entire person, not just the psychological and physical aspects of addiction.

      • Clients learn to lean on Christianity to help them cope and resist triggers that could fuel a relapse.

      • Christian treatment centers are more affordable because many are non-profit organizations or affiliated with congregations that give donations or support the community.

    The point of rehabilitation is to rehabilitate the person back to the person they once were before they became addicted to drugs or alcohol. Our experts recommend treatment should encompass healing a person physically, mentally, and spiritually. Christian programs or any faith-based rehabilitation provides this to its clients.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

TIPS: If you're looking for Christian drug rehab

  • Contact the local church or congregation leader for support and strength during this difficult time.
  • Contact a substance abuse professional at DRS to see what resources are available in your area that fit your spiritual needs.
  • Encourage the individual struggling to attend religious services, but do not force them or make them wrong for not going. This could force them away
  • Contact a medical professional before stopping heavy substance use because withdrawal from alcohol and certain drugs can be life-threatening.

Common Terminology Surrounding Christian Drug Rehabs

Faith-Based Drug Rehabilitation
these are rehabilitation programs that address a recovering addict’s medical and spiritual needs. Programs are based on a branch of religion incorporating religious teachings and support into treatment. The rehabilitation process focuses on the mind, body, and spirit.
Non-Spiritual Drug Rehabilitation
these are non-faith-based or non-religious-based rehabilitation programs that provide a similar rehabilitation process as a faith-based program but are not incorporating spirituality into treatment.
is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth? Christian teachings and support are part of the rehabilitation process and help a drug-addicted individual become close to God and incorporate spirituality into treatment.
human beings relate to that which they regard as holy, sacred, absolute, divine, or worth of especial reverence. Also, it is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, and ethics. Religious teachings are part of the Christian-faith based substance use rehabilitation programs.
someone who follows Christianity is likely spiritual, and it has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose. Also, it is related to the process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life and connection with others. In Christianity, it is the relationship with God and Jesus of Nazareth.
Twelve-Step Drug Treatment
these are programs, which are mutual aid organizations for the purpose of recovery from substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and compulsions. The 12-step was developed in the 1930s and became Alcoholics Anonymous helping people overcome alcoholism.
Alcoholics Anonymous
is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. The program is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical; its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking.
the sacred writings of Christianity contained in the Bible. Scripture is read and applied within a Christian faith-based rehabilitation program.
Spiritual Meditation
is an experience that takes you to the depths of who you are. In the process, you experience joy and peace, and a feeling of love and light warms up your being. Spiritual meditation helps someone in a Christian rehab program strengthen their connection with God.
Pastoral Counseling
is a form or branch of counseling in which psychologically trained ministers or priests provide therapy services. Christian faith-based rehabilitation programs provide pastoral counseling to those struggling with addiction.




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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.



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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.