Study Backs Role of Faith-Based Addiction Treatment

A recent study proved what many of you alfaith-based addiction treatmentready have come to know: faith-based addiction treatment works.

Researchers asked a small group of individuals with substance use disorders about various types of addiction treatment and how effective they were – and 92 percent favored programs with spiritual or religious guidance.

The study was spurred by a phone call three years ago between Eric Kocian, an assistant professor of criminology, law and society at St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania, and county detective Tony Marcocci. During this time, local officials were just starting to fight back against the heroin epidemic.

“This is one sample, this is one study,” Kocian said. “We’d like to replicate it.”

The Benefits of Spirituality as Part of Addiction Rehab
This certainly isn’t the first or last study to prove the benefits of faith-based addiction treatment. In fact, those who choose Christian rehab have been found to have a greater chance of getting and staying sober. Beyond fewer relapses, rehab treatment that includes a spiritual component can also help you or someone you love to:

  • Believe that recovery is possible
  • Ask for forgiveness and make amends
  • Learn to handle life’s emotional highs and lows
  • Improve anger management and emotional control
  • Navigate moral choices after rehab
  • Develop strength and resilience
  • Achieve a sense of family and community
  • Discover a higher life purpose
  • Gain a more positive life outlook

More About Christian Rehab
Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction, or helping a loved one to decide to seek help, may be the biggest and most important choice of your life. Let us lead the way. At Christian Rehab Network, we can help you learn valuable life skills to build a fulfilling life of sobriety and reduce your risk of relapse. You’ll learn to strengthen your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. To learn more, call us today: 877-310-9545.

Helping Vs. Enabling: How to Tell the Difference

enabling a loved oneThere’s a fine line between helping and enabling a loved one struggling with addiction. But how do you tell the difference? And how do you know when your “help” isn’t actually helping and may even be delaying treatment?

Let’s start by looking at the definitions:

  • To help someone means to do something for someone else that they are not capable of doing for themselves.
  • To enable someone, on the other hand, means to do something for someone else that they can and should be doing for themselves.

So “helping” by doing a loved one’s chores or completing his or her school or work obligations is really enabling him or her to shirk responsibilities in favor of pursing the addiction.

It’s perfectly natural to want to help your loved ones, whether a child, spouse or sibling. And even if your desire is well intentioned – you could be causing more harm than good. This is because picking up the pieces or pretending that everything is OK can prevent him or her from dealing with the consequences, getting help and getting well.

Here are a few more examples of “helpful” acts that are actually enabling your loved one:

  • You make excuses to his/her employer or teacher about why he didn’t show up or is always running late.
  • You pay bills or debts.
  • You cover up any acceptable behavior or make-up lies or excuses to others (even yourself).
  • You take on more to compensate for your loved one’s failure to meet responsibilities.
  • You bail out your loved one from disasters created due to active addiction.
  • You put your own needs aside to continually take care of your loved one.

Healing Families at Christian Rehab
If you or someone you care about is caught in the bondage of drugs or alcoholism, Christian Rehab Network can help. We help families to find faith-based drug rehab programs based in Biblical truth. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.

Dispelling Addiction Myths and Stereotypes

addiction myths

Facing your addiction and taking a giant leap to get help takes a lot of courage. Recovery is a tough journey and that’s without having to also deal with the many damaging rumors and stereotypes out there about addiction. By knowing the facts, you can have more confidence in your decision to get help. You’ll also be better equipped to educate any loved ones along the way.

Here we address some of the most common misconceptions (along with the truths) about addiction.

  • Myth #1: Addiction is a choice.
    While the decision to use alcohol or drugs is voluntary, people don’t choose to become addicted. Genetics play a major role along with such environmental factors as family life, upbringing and peer influences.
  • Myth #2: Addiction is caused by a lack of willpower.
    While willpower certainly can help prevent relapse, it can’t cause addiction. Nor will willpower alone help someone stop using. This is because prolonged use of addictive substances can change the structure of the brain, making it difficult to control impulses or focus on anything other than using drugs.
  • Myth #3: People who abuse drugs and alcohol are immoral and bad.
    Certainly, many people lie, cheat and steal during active addiction, but these behaviors are driven by changes in the brain brought on by a substance use disorder. Addiction is a sickness, not a character flaw.
  • Myth #4: Addiction is a man’s disease.
    In fact, women are among the fastest-growing segments of drug users in the U.S. – and more than 4 million women are in need of addiction treatment, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).
  • Myth #5: Treatment won’t work unless it was your idea.
    According to research, people seek treatment for two reasons: they were persuaded by a loved one or court ordered to do so. And regardless of the reason they sought treatment in the first place, drug treatment programs produce successful outcomes for the majority of people suffering from addiction.

Is Christian Rehab Right for You?
Making the decision to seek help for your own addiction, or helping a loved one to decide to seek help, may be the biggest and most important choice of your life. Let us lead the way. To learn more about our Christian rehab, call today: 877-310-9545.