In many cities, a vast majority of the drug and alcohol rehab centers and programs are faith-based. They may be an extension of a certain church or other places of religious gathering or they may have been founded by religious people.
While these centers provide a service and help many every year, and they do incorporate other holistic and scientific methods, they are based mostly on one’s faith in a higher power.
But according to a recent Gallup poll, only 54% of people consider religion to be the answer to our problems. So what happens to the 46% for which “finding religion” would not be an effective method?
For these people, another option is needed. In this case, you are looking for a facility that used research-based or evidence-based methods to battle addiction rather than religion. You’re looking for science.
What Are Non-Religious Drug Rehab Methods?
- Medication – Medication can be used to reduce the withdrawal symptoms, treat underlying mental health issues or pain.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Learning how to more effectively manage emotion, recognize environmental triggers and respond to temptation. Those healing are taught to identify harmful relationships and situations and remove themselves from them.
- Individual Therapy – 1:1 time during which the one in recovery is able to talk through and uncover sources of fear, anger, resentment, etc. that may be an underlying cause for the addiction. With the therapist and support system, the patient then works to heal this trauma.
- Group Therapy – the patient gets to share with others in recovery and listen to their stories to know they’re not alone and to more easily face their own challenges.
- Family therapy – these programs strongly believe that addiction is a family disease. The addict is simply showing more visible signs of that disease. Family therapy is not about blame. Only through understanding and willingness to face the dysfunction can families heal.
- Biofeedback Therapy – patients are asked to look at scans of their brain as they experience different triggers and cravings. This helps make addiction a tangible thing over which they can have control.
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These therapies focus on dealing with the root causes of addiction like:
- Repressed anger
- Fear of abandonment
- Family strife
Rather than asking a person to look to a higher power as is the case in religious treatments, these methods focus on:
- Helping the addiction sufferer see the damage the addiction is doing
- Restoring self-worth and desire to live
- Restoring personal responsibility
- Empowering people to make better choices
- Working with family to foster an environment of support around the one in recovery
There also may be a greater focus on the importance of exercise and nutrition when managing an addiction.
Benefits of Non-Religious Alcohol and Drug Rehab
- Better fit – Rehab is tough. If you’re not religious and counselors are trying to get you to use religion, you’ll be resistant and it won’t work. Non-religious options use science that’s hard to dispute because it’s proven so non-religious people can get the help they need.
- Getting at the root causes – When the patient uncovers and works to heal the root causes of his/her addiction he//she can find more lasting healing
- Doesn’t make the patient feel powerless – Many religious-based programs ask the patient to admit that he/she is powerless and that only God can save him/her. On the contrary, non-religious programs empower the individual.
- Helps the whole family – most non-religious programs put more focus on helping the whole family heal so that they can support each other.
- They believe that an addict can fully heal – they don’t typically believe “once and addict, always an addict”. They work on the premise that if you treat the roots of addiction a patient can experience a full recovery.
- Based in science – evidence-based treatments have been extensively studied and improved upon. They use logic and objectively measure outcomes.
Finding a Non-Religious Rehab Program
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