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Information on Faith-Based Drug Rehabilitation

Last updated on: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
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DRS recognized that faith is an integral part of the rehabilitation process. Countless individuals attribute their sobriety to a rekindled faith. Many of the faith-based drug rehab centers provide therapy and support. Our comprehensive directory provides detailed information about these facilities and how to contact them for help. Below, you can use the filter by choosing a state in order to find a faith-based drug rehabilitation program for your needs.

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List of Faith-Based Drug Rehabs by State

Here is access to our entire faith-based drug rehabilitation database. Please select a state. If you need help locating the right treatment for you, do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.


Type of Treatment

Faith-based substance use treatment programs approach alcohol and drug addiction from a spiritual, personal perspective while also focusing on physical and psychological rehabilitation. Many faith-based rehabilitation programs view an individual’s addiction as an attempt to compensate in some way for an inner sense of spiritual emptiness or lack of spiritual worth. However, there are countless reasons why someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol. Faith-based rehabilitation programs teach those within the program how to strengthen their own spiritual foundation and personal resolve. Also, the program finds out what caused them to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. Faith-based programs focus on increasing self-worth to help overcome their need for drugs or alcohol.

Overall, spiritual substance use treatment programs provide the very same similar therapy and tools as any other rehabilitation facility. Faith-based treatment centers teach spiritual principles, religious morals, and encourage spiritual involvement. There is a focus on the relationship with a higher power during the healing process to achieve sobriety. The process of incorporating spirituality and faith into substance use treatment has been around for a long time. Faith-based approaches have been a successful approach in rehabilitating people from addiction throughout the years. According to a research paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health, the authors say, “it is clear that religion and spirituality—which refer to collectively as faith—are exceptionally powerful, integral and indispensable resources in substance abuse prevention and recovery” (introduction).

There are many advantages to attending faith-based rehabilitation for drug addiction. Clients can talk to staff and other like-minded individuals about their religious and spiritual concerns. Everyone attending these programs shares similar spiritual beliefs, which provides fellowship with other believers who are going through similar problems. Most faith-based rehabilitation programs are designed for people who already have a particular religious belief. For example, a Christian drug rehab center approaches treatment and recovery from a Christian perspective. There are many different faith-based rehabilitation programs available across the nation.

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The State of Substance Use in the United States and How Faith and Spirituality Helps

Well-rounded rehabilitation is the best approach to help someone addicted to treatment, and this involves healing the mind, body, and spirit. Nearly one in ten Americans aged 12 or older have a substance use disorder involving alcohol or drugs. Pain medication addiction and abuse is an ongoing issue across the nation. Approximately 2.1 million Americans struggle with an opioid use disorder, and 1.8 million have a prescription drug addiction. Overall, per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it is estimated that over 20 million people have a substance use disorder that involves drugs or alcohol.

Alcohol addiction is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and on average, 88,000 people die each year due to alcohol-related causes. According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths in 2019 increased by 4.6% to 70,980 deaths, including 50,042 opioid-related deaths. In 2018 there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths, which was a 4.1% decline from 2017. From 2012 through 2018, the rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine more than tripled, and the rate involves psychostimulants increases nearly five-fold. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has contributed to another increase in the number of overdose deaths.

The correlation between faith and recovery is important to consider because it is one of the most overlooked but effective tools to prevent and or recovery from addiction. Per the report mentioned above, faith-based treatment programs are a driving force for long-term recovery. However, overall, Americans are identifying with religious less and suffering from substance use more. The study in the Journal of Religion and Health found that 73% of substance use treatment programs incorporate spiritual components, such as 12-step treatment. These programs also have congregations through their support or recovery services. These services provide over $316 billion in savings to the U.S. economy every year.

The information found in the study indicates that those with strong religious beliefs are as much as eight times less likely to use illegal drugs and five times less likely to binge drink. Specifically, with youth, religious youth are three times less likely to binge drink and four times less likely to use illegal drugs. Approximately 62% of teens who had struggled with addiction cite staying connected with God as the top reason for staying sober after rehab. Also, higher religiosity relates to better family relations, better academic performances, and the ability to handle stress better.

According to the research, a strong faith reduces the risk of alcohol abuse, and 84% of studies show faith reduces the risk of drug abuse. However, the study stresses the need for intervention, whether medical or not, and that this is life-saving and critical for someone struggling with addiction. Faith-based organizations are uniquely capable of providing care and community necessary for long-term recovery. Staying connected to a church or a religious and or faith-based organization brings a balance and meaning to life. It provides someone in recovery an opportunity to do something good and continue to improve their own life in the process.

The Benefits of Faith-Based Rehabilitation

According to the article mentioned above within the Journal of Religion and Health, the author says, “Evidence-based studies point to the instrumental contribution of faith to substance use prevention and recovery. A large majority of cases show that religious and spiritual beliefs and practices lead to lower levels of substance use, including reduced likelihood of using various drugs in the course of a lifetime” (Faiths Relationship with Substance Abuse in General). One part of the research, in particular, focused on 278 quantitative studies. Approximately 86% of the studies found that faith reduced the risks associated with alcohol use, abuse, or dependence.

The benefits of faith-based rehabilitation include newfound happiness and freedom, serenity, and a new work outlook. Like any other form of rehabilitation, the individual becomes less selfish and less self-seeking, along with developing the ability to help others and feel useful. During rehabilitation, the individual is shown how to regret past decisions no longer. The coping skills and abilities gained to give the person the ability to handle any particular situation. Faith-based programs help people begin to let go of feelings of self-pity and no longer fear things in their lives.

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  • What is faith-based substance abuse treatment?

    Faith-based addiction treatment refers to rehabs that aren’t secular, meaning they are openly religion-oriented. Faith-based programs are modeled around a particular faith or religion, and their methods are generally based on the principle of surrender to a higher power. Faith-based programs incorporate a blend of rehabilitation and spirituality and often require patients to perform duties like chores or manual labor as a member of a recovery community. These are often among the lengthiest form of addiction treatment, with some faith-based programs taking more than a year to complete.

  • When is faith-based treatment appropriate?

    Faith-based treatment is appropriate whenever a person wants their recovery centered around a particular religion or spiritual belief system. A faith-based program may be a better fit if they find religion or spirituality lacking in other treatment models. However, it should be noted that faith-based approaches should never be forced on anyone. Faith-based treatment would be inappropriate for someone who isn’t religious or holds different beliefs.

  • How do faith-based rehabilitation programs operate?

    Faith-based rehabilitation programs provide the same treatment options and services as other forms of rehabilitation, except for the implementation of faith, spirituality, and religion. The first step is an addiction assessment, which could be done over the phone or in-person. The purpose of an addiction assessment is to determine the extent of addiction and what faith-based treatment options are available. An assessment could be done over the phone or in-person, and it benefits the family and addict. The first step with treatment is detox, and the detoxification process would involve a medically supervised detox or conventional detox. Typically, the extent and severity of the withdrawal symptoms determine what method of detox is required.

    The rehabilitation process involves standard forms of counseling and therapy but would also include prayer service, pastoral counseling, scripture, and church services. Rehabilitation programs provide long-term and short-term drug treatment options. Most long-term programs last three to six months or more, whereas short-term programs last three to six weeks. The severity and extent of addiction determine the length of time needed in a treatment program. Faith-based based programs offer individual or group counseling, 12-step services, and non-secular options. Not every faith-based rehabilitation center offers the same services and options. Some may hold up an entirely different set of beliefs or religion than your own beliefs.

    Once completing treatment, the next phase involves aftercare, and this could include outpatient treatment services, support groups, sober living homes, and other forms of peer support. Many of the aftercare services offered include spirituality and faith, such as Christian halfway homes and sober living homes. Aftercare is essential because it helps ensure a smooth transition back to society again. Sober living helps recovering addicts remain connected with other like-minded spiritual people providing support. Twelve-step programs are also excellent support systems, and many are firms based on Christian beliefs.

  • What happens after faith-based treatment is completed?

    After completing faith-based treatment, many patients return home or continue on the new road they’ve begun from treatment. Often, patients who enter substance abuse treatment don’t have a stable living situation to return to after rehabilitation. These patients may need to stay in treatment until they can secure independent or transitional housing as part of their discharge plan.

  • What are the alternatives to faith-based programs?

    Faith-based options are far from all that’s available to those seeking substance abuse treatment. Other options include traditional approaches like twelve-step programs, holistic treatment models, and many more. Finding one that aligns with the prospective patient’s beliefs regarding religion and spirituality can make the difference between recovery and relapse.

  • 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.

Common Terminology Surrounding Faith-Based Drug Rehab

is a strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension. Faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God. Faith is also the assurance that the things revealed and promised in the Word are true.
is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, text, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations that relate humanity to supernatural transcendental or spiritual elements. Also, it is a particular system of faith and worship.
is a broad conception with room for many perspectives. It includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for the meaning of life. It involves the belief in something beyond the self, and spirituality leads to less stress and better health.
Pastoral Counseling
is a branch of counseling in which psychologically trained ministers, rabbis, priests, imams, and other persons provide therapy services. Pastoral counseling is common within a faith-based rehabilitation program.
Faith-Based Sober Living
these are sober living programs using a faith-based approach to recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and living sober. Faith-based recovery programs provide a supportive environment that nourishes spiritual living.
Higher Power
is a term used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The same groups use the phrase a power greater than ourselves. The term sometimes refers to a supreme being or deity or other conceptions of God.
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 only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking.




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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.