Despite the many life-changing benefits of addiction treatment, many people view it negatively. For instance, you might see it as an embarrassing or unmentionable part of life.
This type of thinking can get in the way of your recovery, however. Remember, committing to rehab is a positive and healthy decision so you can achieve sobriety and regain control of your life.
Here are a few more reminders why you should never feel embarrassed about seeking help:
- You’re not alone. Millions of people are struggling with some form of drug or alcohol addiction. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence notes that one in every 12 adult Americans abuse alcohol or have a severe dependence. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million Americans ages 12 and older need treatment for a substance use disorder – and yet only 11.2 percent receive proper treatment at a specialty facility.
- Addiction affects everyone. Addiction does not discriminate and can impact men and women, young and old, rich and poor, all races, all religions and all walks of life. While drug use is highest among 18 to 20 year olds, drug use is increasing among people in their 50s and 60s, according to a SAMHSA survey.
- Addiction is a chronic disease. Becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is not a sign of weakness, nor is it a symptom of questionable morals. 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.
- Your genes are to blame. Genetics play a major role along with such environmental factors as family life, upbringing and peer influences. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, genetics accounts for 40% to 60% of your predisposition to addiction.
- Seeking help means you’re strong and smart. Overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction alone is nearly impossible. You should feel proud (not embarrassed) for taking a brave step to take back control of your health and get the help you need to heal safely.
Benefits of Seeking Addiction Treatment
You should never feel embarrassed about making the decision to seek help for your own addiction. It’s likely 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.
A recent study proved what many of you already 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.
There’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.