Types of Faith-based Therapy for Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery
There are various rehabilitation clinics and medical detoxification centers which feature faith-based therapy, Christian or otherwise, as a part of their programs. Though these vary in nature, some popular sessions are mentioned below.
- Regular worship and prayer services
- Honest discussions with priests or pastors
- Bible (or scripture or other prayer book) study teams
- Maintaining a journal of your thoughts, feelings, and ideas
- Meditation sessions
- Therapy sessions with Christian (or other faith) counselors. These could be one-to-one sessions or group meetings
Goals of Faith-based Therapy
- Belief and strong confidence in the presence of a higher power
- Faith in one’s ability to live a happy life without substance use
- A firm belief and faith in oneself
- Belief and trust in religious values and ideals
- Understanding the importance of life and of valuing each moment
- Undying belief in one’s ability to achieve positive change
- Willingness and openness to help and be helped by others
Factors to Consider when Choosing a Faith-based Therapy Program
- Does the center offer only religious therapy or a combination of religious and spiritual treatments?
- Which religions are accommodated in the center?
- Are visits conducted to places of worship such as churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other devotional facilities?
- Does the treatment center welcome interfaith patients or should they be of a specific religion?
- What are the payment options and terms, and are flexible finance options available?
- Are there outpatient programs and is this encouraged?
- Is the location convenient to one’s needs?
12-Step Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Process
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) strongly advocates the twelve-step process to get rid of your alcoholism and drug addictions, and many Christian therapy centers feature these tenets on their programs, as well. This value system was drawn up in 1939 and has assisted many addicts to come clean of their vices. The 12 steps are listed below.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Benefits of Faith-Based Therapy
Facilitating spiritual healing
Overcoming your addictions can be a mighty challenging process and it is painful to accept responsibility for the situation you are in. It is easy to remain in denial. The process of spiritual healing involves forgiving yourself first, before building bonds with others in your realm and forging a sense of belonging. It encourages you to document your journey of healing by maintaining a regular journal of your thoughts and feelings. This can help you get rid of toxic emotions and also gain perspective.
Increasing your self-belief and belief in a higher power
The first few stages of getting past your addictions can be very exhausting, and your road to increase your belief in the supreme power can greatly help your journey, ultimately improving your self-belief.
Creating a heightened sense of gratitude
It is easy to value the many blessings in your life when you practice gratitude. Everyone has their trials, good days and bad, but cultivating gratitude can make you want to get better to experience all the wonderful people and things that are in your life. This can help with the emotional rollercoaster of your recovery process.
Finding a purpose in life
Spirituality and faith can encourage you to stop pitying yourself and, instead, focus on helping others. In doing so, you’ll probably end up helping yourself. It helps you feel valued and that you’re making a difference in the world. It also helps build confidence and self-worth.
Building meaningful connections and a strong support system
As an alcohol and drug addict, you may have tendencies to isolate yourself from your loved ones and the rest of the world and drown in self-pity and self-loathing. Faith-based healing focuses on building strong connections with others in the community to harbor feelings of self-worth and belonging. It helps you to connect with your own conscience and build meaningful relationships with others as well. It helps build a strong support system that empowers you with unconditional love and constant support.
Faith-based therapy has several benefits. It is up to you to determine what treatments will work best for your unique situation; it could be a combination of treatments and lifestyle changes. A firm commitment to change can slowly turn your self-doubt and loneliness into a strong sense of self-belief, confidence, and belonging.
At Cardinal Recovery, we help you build on the strength of community and a steadfast support system to guide your path through a quick and long-lasting recovery.