Faith Based Therapy
Faith based therapy is an option for addiction treatment that many individuals like to utilize, especially those who are influenced by their religions and/or those with religious backgrounds. This treatment option can add another layer of assistance in your path to stay sober, helping you to get more in tune with your spiritual side. Not everyone will benefit from faith based therapy, but many can find great comfort in it.
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What Is Faith Based Therapy?
Faith based therapy is a type of recovery program that focuses on helping patients become more in tune with their faith and spirituality as well as helping them recover from addiction. There are many different faith based treatment facilities and programs for recovery and many different therapeutic programs that utilize faith and spirituality as part of their teachings.
Faith based therapy has been found, over time, to be one of the more effective options for recovering individuals. These programs have also made enormous strides in reducing the homeless population and crisis counseling for those in need, which is why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is partnered with more than 800 of these facilities across the country.
How Does Faith Based Therapy Work?
According to a study published in the medical journal Substance Use and Misuse, people often cite spirituality and faith as helpful influences in their recoveries. It was believed for many years that this was simply a coincidence or a factor that simply could not be measured. Over time, though, many researchers have found faith to be a potentially beneficial element for those in recovery.
- People who are able to rely on a higher power often feel more supported in their recoveries and less alone. They are able to give themselves over to that power and ask for forgiveness for their mistakes, which can be both cleansing and reassuring. One of the parts of 12-step facilitation therapy is surrender, which asks the patient to surrender to a higher power of their choice (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This program usually helps patients become prepared for 12-step meetings and membership and can be considered a type of faith based therapy.
- Connecting with one’s spiritual side can give one a better set of rules to live by. When these rules are rigid and clear, some individuals benefit from this influence in their lives and are able to more easily avoid returning to substance abuse.
- Addiction can make a person extremely selfish and only focused on the act of obtaining their next fix. Having a belief in a higher power reminds many people that their own desires, sacrifices, problems, and struggles are not the be all and end all of life. This belief can also make it easier to recognize that many other things would be at stake if you were to relapse.
- People who have fond memories of church or faith from their childhoods can often benefit from faith based therapy as well. These individuals often feel that their faith can help them get back on track after they have gone wrong.
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Of course, faith based therapy isn’t a program that suits everyone. Some individuals require a treatment that does not focus on the moral implications of drug abuse or the black-and-white methodology of religion. This can make staying sober harder for some.
- You may also not want to seek faith based therapy if you have had negative past experiences with religion, church groups, or spirituality in general. Some individuals simply do not find comfort or healing from this concept, and that’s okay.
- It can also be harder for someone to turn to faith based therapy if they have never been involved in spiritual practices, church groups, etc. before. Those who have more experience with this type of thought process often fair better in these programs, although many people can turn to faith for comfort and strength later in life and benefit from it.
The important thing to remember is that you should focus on your recovery and your own spiritual journey. If this type of treatment seems like it will positively affect you, then seek it out. If someone else is pushing you to seek faith based therapy, it probably won’t be as effective.
When Should Faith Based Therapy Start?
Faith based therapy can start as early as detox. Some detox centers offer patients prayers or meditations to work through their withdrawal symptoms, and many faith based facilities also provide medications. Some do not, however, and it is important to consider the severity of your syndrome in order to decide if a non-medical detox program would be safe for you.
How Long Does Faith Based Therapy Last?
Many people attend faith based therapy programs for months, continuing the treatment from detox into rehab. Others may keep seeking a spiritual counselor for years afterward or even become part of faith based group therapy programs. 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are based in the idea that members should give themselves over to a higher power who can help them avoid relapse. This higher power can be your concept of a god or another force of spiritual guidance.
Where Can I Find Faith Based Therapy?
Many faith based facilities exist all over the country, as do spiritual guides who offer faith based counseling. 12-step groups are another option. You should first seek out a professional detox and rehab program—faith based or not—and then you can continue into aftercare that provides addiction recovery and spiritual help from there.
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