Addiction doesn’t just affect the mind and body. The excessive use of harmful substances can also weaken the human spirit, making individuals feel lost, unloved, and purposeless. But faith-based programs, like the one we offer here at Genesis Recovery, can help restore broken spirits, rekindle faith, and help individuals live meaningful and purposeful lives.
Often, people grappling with addiction challenges feel guilty and full of shame. People of faith who struggle with addiction tend to experience these same feelings, which typically makes them feel like a moral or spiritual failure. Unfortunately, these negative emotions can hinder their recovery journey. Luckily, faith-based treatment programs can help reduce those feelings by emphasizing hope, redemption, and restoration instead. By helping individuals understand and accept God’s unconditional love, faith-based programs empower people to overcome shame and guilt and move toward positive, purpose-filled change.
Our faith-based program helps our residents develop and nurture their individual faith while receiving clinical treatment. Our spiritually-focused activities include:
- Prayer and meditation
- Bible study
- Weekly church services
- Bonfire meetings
- Volunteering in the community
By participating in these activities, our residents find meaning in their daily lives, which helps them return to a strong, healthy, mind, body, and spirit.
How Faith-Based Treatment Supports Addiction Recovery
Faith-based treatment programs support addiction recovery by giving recovering addicts hope, love, community, and purpose. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Religion and Health found that faith is an indispensable part of preventing and recovering from substance abuse. The study revealed that 73% of substance abuse recovery programs in the United States include a spirituality-based element. The research also found that “addicts with a faith or spirituality heal faster.” Here’s why:
1. Bible Study Groups Can Provide Spiritual Nourishment & Peer Support
Peer support is an integral part of addiction treatment. Addiction recovery can be a challenging process, but studies show that peer support:
- Improves stress management
- Offers hope
- Provides role models
- Promotes accountability
- Strengthens individuals during difficult times
- Reduces the risk of relapse
Our bible study groups help prevent our residents from feeling alone and isolated by providing them with peer support and spiritual nourishment. As our residents come together to study the Scripture, they find direction and guidance on how they can live their lives.
Bible study groups also give our residents a glimpse into the character and attributes of a loving God. They learn that God is forgiving, merciful, and kind. Knowing that they are unconditionally loved can prevent them from feeling like they need to lie, manipulate, and deceive in order to be loved.
Studying stories from the Bible also helps our residents see God forgives broken people who have made terrible mistakes. These kinds of stories can let addicted individuals know that they can also be forgiven and their life restored.
2. Prayer & Worship Can Help Individuals Relieve Stress
Research shows that there’s a strong connection between stress and addiction. That’s why many recovery programs encourage relaxation practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and yoga. But prayer and worship services can also help individuals relieve stress.
When individuals face challenging moments, they can turn to prayer instead of harmful substances. Individuals can also meditate on popular Bible passages like Psalm 23, Matthew 5, Philippians 4:13, and Isaiah 41:10. These encouraging verses can help bring individuals inner peace and diminish cortisol levels.
Listening to worship music can also help minimize stress and anxiety. Taking a moment to sit still before or after prayer and worship can help calm a racing mind. Expressing gratitude during prayer or worship can help individuals focus on positive emotions rather than negative thoughts and feelings. All in all, prayer and worship can help improve individuals’ self-care and coping skills while creating a sacred space for honest and positive expression.
3. Emphasizing Forgiveness and Restoration Can Help Individuals Rebuild Relationships
Addiction can damage relationships just as much as the disorder weakens the physical body. Substance abuse can ruin marriages, strain friendships, and weaken the parent-child bond. But faith-based concepts such as forgiveness and restoration can help restore relationships.
As individuals start to understand God’s love and forgiveness, they may begin to see the need for forgiveness in their own lives. Perhaps they need to forgive someone for hurting them. Or they may need to ask for forgiveness themselves.
Integrating spiritual concepts into the daily treatment curriculum helps to emphasize the importance of growth, communication, family, and rebuilding healthy social relationships. Forgiveness is also a key component of the 12-step program, further demonstrating the connection between faith-based treatment and addiction recovery.
4. Embracing Faith Can Help Give Individuals Hope
Grappling with addiction can make individuals feel defeated, triggering symptoms of depression. But embracing faith can give individuals hope for a better future. Even a tiny glimmer of hope can help improve individuals’ mindsets, making other elements of treatment more effective.
When individuals feel like they can really begin again, the entire recovery process benefits. Therapy becomes a means to a purposeful end instead of a nuisance. Counseling becomes a sacred space instead of a commitment. Recovery, though challenging, becomes a worthwhile endeavor instead of another attempt to change.
The dictionary defines faith as complete truth or confidence in someone or something, and that’s exactly what faith-based treatment does. Faith-based recovery programs allow individuals to regain confidence in themselves as well as a higher power. That confidence helps individuals continually strive for long-term recovery.
5. Serving Others Promotes Selflessness
Addiction is a compulsive disorder. Every time individuals consume an addictive substance, they are feeding only their current needs. They aren’t thinking of the loved ones or friends they may be hurting. Faith-based treatment combats that selfishness, by teaching individuals to serve other people.
Our residents regularly volunteer at churches and homeless outreach programs. By serving others, they’re able to model God’s love and develop healthy social skills. Serving others helps build our residents’ self-esteem. Instead of looking back on their past with shame, they can focus on the incredible growth and progress they’ve made instead.
Treatment At Our Spiritual Therapeutic Rehab Center
Here at Genesis Recovery, we’re proud of our faith-based program. Through our faith-based activities, we’re able to share God’s love and incredible message of redemption. We are all capable of beginning again.
Addiction doesn’t have to be the final chapter of your story. Our integrated approach to treatment can help you recover. Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about our philosophy, mission, and treatment programs.