Christian Alcohol Rehab: Christ-Centered Healing
Christian Alcohol Rehab is “Christ Centered”substance abuse and addiction treatment for alcoholics and their codependent loved ones.
Christian rehabs understand how devastating an addiction can be, and how overwhelming it can be to seek proper help.
While each individual’s story may differ, all share in the same frustration, pain and shame experienced in the throws of an addiction.
There is a solution that gives hope, strength and courage to move beyond an addiction towards the victorious life God intended for each of us.
The goal of a Christian alcohol rehab is to walk those addicted and their family members through the process of recovery, which leads to freedom and the hope of a new beginning. We believe that the true solution to all human needs is found in Jesus Christ.
What Can I Expect?
You will find a comprehensive, professional approach within a Christian environment. A caring staff, highly skilled in addictions treatment and mental disorders that will assess, diagnose and treat your unique needs. In treatment you will learn that your actual addiction is but one of many symptoms that has manifested from deeper rooted problems.
You will come to understand that there truly are understandable reasons for destructive behaviors, and along with these understandable reasons is an understandable solution. You will find hope when you realize change is possible, and you are given the tools to live a daily healthy, productive and fulfilling life.
A BIBLICAL APPROACH
Using a Biblical approach, the goal of treatment is to successfully process emotional issues, break free from denial, understand the power of forgiveness and develop new, healthy lifelong patterns of thinking and living.
A typical treatment plan incorporates one-on-one counseling, group therapy, addiction education and family counseling. If required, a physician, is available to address any physical symptoms and medication requirements and supervise the physiological aspects of treatment.
Who Needs Treatment?
Addictive behaviors can manifest in many ways. If you are wondering whether you or someone you love are in the throws of an addiction, review these helpful questions.
Alcohol Addiction – Self Diagnosis
- Do you lose time from work due to drinking?
- Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
- Do you drink because you are shy around other people?
- Is drinking affecting your reputation?
- Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking?
- Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?
- Does your drinking make you careless with your family’s finances?
- Has your ambition decreased since drinking?
- Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily?
- Do you want a drink the next morning?
- Does drinking cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
- Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?
- Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?
- Do you drink alone?
- Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?
- Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?
- Have you or someone else ever been physically hurt because of your drinking?
A yes to three or more questions indicate abuse or addiction is present and corrective steps need to be taken.
Going to a Christian alcohol rehab requires more than just faith in God to beat it.
Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone to recovery from alcoholism, but action must be taken to truly take advantage of God’s guiding influence.
Christian rehabs encourage Christian growth and promote reconciling your relationship to God, your family and loved ones.
The 12-step recovery process is utilized incorporating Jesus Christ as the Higher Power. For a Christian, recovering from alcoholism is usually very painful because it often includes the shame and guilt of hiding it from the church.
At the very least, the guilt of acting on alcohol thoughts and compulsions can be a heavy burden for the Christian alcohol abuse. Proper treatment is a focus on accepting that Jesus Christ can do for you what you could not do for yourself.
Often you or a loved one makes a pledge to never drink again or cut down drinking only to be drunk again the next day or soon after. How does this happen? Perhaps you feel competent at work and feel you live your life by Christian principles yet in this one area, you are totally helpless.
10 Key principles have been identified that should form the basis of any effective Christian alcohol rehab program:
- No single alcohol rehab treatment is appropriate for all individuals.
- Effective alcohol rehab programs attend to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her alcohol addiction.
- An individual’s alcohol treatment plan must be assessed often and modified to meet the person’s changing needs.
- Remaining in an alcohol rehab program for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.
- Counseling and other behavioral therapies are critical components of all effective alcohol rehab treatments for addiction.
- For certain types of disorders, medications are an important element of treatment, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies.
- Alcohol or drug-abusing individuals with coexisting mental disorders should have both disorders treated in an integrated way.
- Medical management of withdrawal syndrome is only the first stage of alcohol rehab programs and by itself does little to change long-term drug use.
- Alcohol rehab treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
- A relapse prevention plan needs to be established with encouragement to participate in self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
How Do I Pick A Good Program Or Counselor?
When choosing a program, your core values and those of the program need to match. Ask yourself this question:
Is this a Christian Alcohol Rehab Program, or a secular program that just promotes that they are a Christian program?
A Biblical counselor trained specifically in the area of addiction should be in the equation with the focus on the complete person, including the body, spirit, mind, emotions, social, work and family. Once the poison has been removed from the physical body, intensive emotional and spiritual counseling must follow if any level of true deliverance is to be expected.
The presence of the Holy Spirit must be at the core of the program and the process must address the whole person. With this, there is hope for a full recovery.
Does This Program Use Christian Counselors And Operate On Biblical Principles?
Secular counseling and Biblical counseling are literally worlds apart. There is a major difference between a Christian that counsels and a Christian counselor who counsels using Biblical principles.
Christian counselors pray with you and reference the scriptures.
They often have personal testimonies that reveal their life experiences. Their stories may be shared to bring hope and build faith. A true Christian counselor will give testimony, pray with clients, and reference scripture within the session.
Christian alcohol rehab programs offer inpatient alcohol treatment by providing highly structured programs in which the clients remain for at least four weeks.
Some people abuse both drugs and alcohol, and Christian rehabs can also help these dually addicted clients. Alcohol rehab treatment can help many abusing offenders change their attitudes, beliefs, and behavior toward abuse.
The first step of inpatient alcohol treatment is the assessment. Clients start treatment with medical and psycho-social assessments to determine if they have a medical condition or co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, etc.
If medical conditions are present, the client will be referred to a consulting physician. When clients complete the inpatient alcohol treatment, they are given a plan and strategy to maintain long-term recovery.
Outpatient alcohol treatment is available for those individuals who may have time constraints and are unable to admit into a residential program.
Many people who need to continue working full time enter outpatient alcohol treatment and clients usually receive a minimum of 12 hours of group and individual therapy per week along with various educational workshops.
Both inpatient and outpatient Christian alcohol rehab clients are introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12 Steps. This self-help group has helped untold numbers of people who suffer from addiction to alcohol.
Clients are taught to work the 12 Steps and are encouraged to begin attending 12 Step meetings. Christian Alcohol Rehab programs highly recommend that the client finds a sponsor who can aid in their road to recovery.
The writers of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous make it clear that the addict’s problem is a spiritual sickness that only a “spiritual awakening” can remedy. In its simplicity, it calls the hurting ones to three pertinent and basic truths about themselves:
- That they are alcoholic and cannot manage their own lives;
- That no human power can relieve their alcoholism;
- That God can and will if He is sought. Alcoholic Anonymous and the principles outlined in the Big Book of AA are squarely rooted in Biblical truth.
Professional Help And Relapse Prevention
Alcohol rehabilitation is a multi-phase, multi-faceted, long-term process. Detoxification is only the first step on the road of addiction treatment. Physical detoxification alone is not sufficient to change the patterns of an alcohol abuse.
To make a successful recovery, the addict needs new tools in order to deal with situations and problems to prevent relapse.
Factors such as encountering someone from their days of using, returning to the same environment and places, or even small things such as smells and objects trigger memories which can create psychological stress.
This can hinder the addict’s goal of complete recovery, thus not allowing the addict to permanently regain control of his or her life.
The desire to become sober and the willingness to stop using all mind-altering substances are the most important.
The first essential steps on the road to recovery are deciding that you want a better life. Once you have made that commitment, you’ll need to examine the various pathways to sobriety. Experience has shown that after withdrawal, recovery falls into three phases, each lasting approximately a year or more.
PHASE 1: Saving Your Life
In this stage, which starts with a rude awakening more often than a spiritual one, your chief concern is survival.
You may seem self-centered to family and friends, focusing all your energies on yourself and your recovery (just as you focused them on your drug or alcohol addiction).
But that’s the way early recovery is. A mutual support group like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can help you move into sobriety successfully.
You can learn to get the most out of such a group, and how to deal with your family and friends, and job during this time. Your body will probably complain bitterly, with new symptoms related to recovery and old ones you never noticed when your brain and body was sedated.
Your head will probably be in a fog, and your emotions will flip-flop frequently. You’ll need to learn how to cope with body, mind, and moods without chemical support. Christian alcohol rehabs will help get you through this often difficult, sometimes painful, but ultimately rewarding adjustment period.
PHASE 2: Enjoying Your Life
With the craving for alcohol or drugs diminishing and your recovery on track, you can switch gears from saving your life to making it more fulfilling.
Work at rebuilding old relationships and beginning new ones; look for new educational opportunities and job challenges, and explore hobbies and leisure activities. With an alcohol-free head and more stable emotions, you can begin to have fun and enjoy life!
PHASE 3: Extending Your Life
Somewhere in the third or fourth year of sobriety (a little earlier for some, a little later for others), the focus switches again. Once you’ve saved your life and learned to enjoy it, it’s time to consider how you can best extend it.
You will learn to do this with the help of a sensible diet, a realistic exercise program, and other preventive health measures. This phase is also the time to continue to reach out to help others.
We believe the Bible teaches men and women how to live clean and sober lives.
In Christian alcohol rehab addicted men and women find what they have been searching for all their lives.
The emptiness felt deep within can only be filled by the One that created us.
The counterfeits this world offers such as drugs and alcohol bring only moments of pleasure, closely followed by pain and suffering.
A new life built on Christ will ensure a positive, peaceful, productive future.