Do You Have To Be Christian To Go To A Faith-Based Rehab?
April 4th, 2016
Faith-based rehabilitation centers are popping up all over the country and are helping people like you recover from addiction. You’ve heard about these centers, but are worried they won’t accept you because you’re not Christian. Never fear! Faith-based rehabs are not exclusive to Christians. I’m here to show you how entering a faith-based treatment program can be a crucial step in your personal healing process.
Faith-Based Rehabs Won’t Turn Away Non-Christians
The best thing about faith-based rehabs is that most will never turn away non-Christians. Religious affiliation is not judged harshly in these rehabs, but instead used as a way to help inspire you to regain a healthy and drug-free life. In fact, you might be surprised at the heavy scientific base that underlies most, if not all, faith-based rehabs.
The basic beliefs of faith-based rehabs are as follows:
- Addiction is not a moral disease: it is a biological and social illness.
- Physical and emotional health must be healed before spiritual health.
- Spiritual problems caused by addiction are not sins, but signs of sickness.
- Psychological and behavioral treatments are a prime focus.
- All staff must be certified or licensed and professional.
- Faith forms a cornerstone, but not the whole foundation, of healing.
Does that seem like the kind of rehab that would turn away someone who needed help? No way. Faith-based rehabs understand the importance of addressing all elements of addiction to promote a stronger sense of spiritual healing in a person struggling from addiction. The faith you choose to pursue is immaterial: all faiths are appreciated, as long as you are sincere and positive.
The Christian Elements In Faith-Based Rehab
One of the most prominent faith-based rehab movements is the 12-Step program and for many people, its guidelines are still what they imagine when they think of faith-based rehab. Some of the Christian elements that exist in 12-Step rehab include:
- The belief in a higher power
- Admitting you need help from that higher power
- Spreading the word of your success to others
- Continued belief in the higher power after your recovery
Yes, it’s fair to say that the 12-Step program was started by Christians and that Christianity may be the most common religion practiced by people in the program. However, that shouldn’t be too shocking: about 70 percent of the country is directly affiliated with one form of Christian belief. And only about 6 percent of the nation follows non-Christian faiths, such as Judaism or Islam.
However, that doesn’t mean a faith-based rehab is focused solely on a Christian-based faith system. Remember that faith-based rehabs want to help, not hinder, your recovery. The goal is to hear your spiritual nature to help you become clean, not indoctrinate you to a Christian lifestyle.
How They Relate To Other Religions
It’s understandable if you’re still uncertain about how faith-based rehabs relate to other religions. I had pondered the same thing myself before learning more. But the most joyous aspect of faith-based rehabs is that they work hard to not only relate to other religions, but to include tenants of their beliefs in their treatment systems.
Besides, take a moment to really look at the Christian elements outlined in the last paragraph. Belief in a higher power? Giving your healing over to that power? There’s nothing uniquely Christian about these statements; they aren’t saying “give your life to Jesus” specifically, though for Christians it can mean that very thing. The language is vague for a reason – to welcome believers of any faith.
That’s why you’ll find experts identifying the nature of your faith and working hard to find ways to encourage it when you’re in a faith-based rehab. For example, if you are Jewish, they will serve you kosher food and try to find a synagogue where you can worship. And if you’re Islamic, they will respect your praying times and schedule treatment around those crucial moments.
Can you see how wonderful that acceptance is for your recovery? You won’t be judged in a faith-based rehab, considered a sinner, or turned away from your religious beliefs. Instead, you will be accepted as a person who needs help recovering from a health problem and who may also need a boost of spiritual energy to succeed. Think of it as the ultimate support group, one that will always have your back.
Attending Faith-Based Rehabs Without Having Faith
But what if you lack faith in any kind of higher power? For example, let’s say you’re an atheist or agnostic person. Would you be turned away from a faith-based rehab? Again, no way. Faith-based rehabs are welcoming of anyone who needs help and they will do whatever they can to help you succeed on your journey to recovery.
But why would you want to go to a rehab if you have no faith? There are a lot of reasons. For example, you may have:
- Lost faith and desperately want it back
- Heard about the excellent success rate of a faith-based facility
- Felt the need for a structure
- Struggled in non-faith rehabs
What you’ll find in these centers is a group of people who are dedicated to helping you recover without forcing you to believe anything you don’t want to believe. Instead, they will work to strengthen your faith or belief in yourself or in something bigger than yourself that is non-spiritual, such as dedication to your father or another symbol.
Faith-Based Rehabs Are Essential
Any person of any faith can experience the healing powers of attending a faith-based rehab. And if you need help finding one, please contact us at Spring To Life. Our group of caring and joyful counselors can give you the strength you need to reach out for help and the courage necessary to beat your addiction forever.