Substance abuse impacts millions of Americans across the nation. Per the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among people aged 12 or older in 2019, 60.1% used a substance in the past month. Approximately 50.8% had used alcohol, while 13% had used an illicit drug. Among the 20.4 million people aged 12 or older with a past year substance use disorder in 2019, 71.1% had an alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, only 1.5% of addicts received any substance use treatment, 1% received treatment at a specialty facility. Finding an appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is essential, and many facilities offer faith-based services and Christian-based substance use treatment centers.
Within the United States, according to Pew Research, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians. Someone addicted to drugs or alcohol may no longer embrace their faith and relationship with God. However, it is often the well-rounded treatment that helps an addict spiritually, mentally, and physically that is the most successful. Drug and alcohol abuse affects people of all demographics, regardless of class, gender, age, race, and religion. People are of the Christian faith are not immune to addiction. Christianity is one of the most practiced religions globally, and there are many denominations within the Christian faith. Christian specific substance abuse treatment programs provide a safe environment for each denomination to treat their addictions while surrounded by others of similar faith.
Many of the modern addiction treatment facilities within the nation incorporate religion and spirituality. The most recognized form of Christian faith-based treatment is the 12-step program, which is rooted in a belief in a higher power. Christian faith-based rehabilitation includes inpatient, outpatient, long-term and short-term programs. Various behavioral counseling and non-traditional approaches are incorporated, but the program revolves around the Christian faith. There is a strong focus on the bible and incorporated faith-based practices. Also, evidence-based clinical methods such as detox and individualized therapy, group therapy, and other approaches.
Christian-based substance abuse treatment programs help clients restore their faith and relationship with God while healing from their addiction. Typically, a Christian based addiction treatment center includes bible study, 12-step groups, scripture readings, sermons discussing addiction and the Christian faith, daily prayer, church service, and pastoral counseling. Also, these programs incorporate individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, life skills courses, relapse prevention, co-occurring disorder treatment, and family counseling. Overall, the purpose of the program is to incorporate spiritual teachings, awareness, helping clients reconnect with God.