Do I Really Need Drug Rehab?
There is no easy answer to this question and it is a question that only you can answer. Do you think you need rehab? Are drugs or another substance controlling your life? Do you find when you use some substance or engage in a behavior that you cannot stop—even if you want to?
While these are conclusions you must come to on your own, that doesn’t mean we don’t look outside of ourselves. Denial is addiction’s constant companion and addicts are masters of self-deception. So the wise individual will listen to the input of others. Are family, friends or members of your church expressing concern about your use of drugs or other substances? Are they worried about aspects of your behavior that may be related to substance abuse? Have they encouraged you to get help?
If you have questioned your own behavior around some substance or you are trying to quit but can’t, know that you are not alone in your struggle. Few are bold and brave enough to confess their battle with addiction publicly and, as a result, millions suffer in secret. This doesn’t have to be your life and addiction doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Addictions don’t go away on their own, but there is help.
The Shame of Drug Addiction
Many will wonder how this could have even happened. How can a Christian become a drug addict? If the Bible promises that we will be able to resist temptation, how is that that we have become addicts, living secret lives, praying for relief but not finding any? Where is the deliverance? Where is the hope? The shame and confusion only mount as we face these unanswered questions. As we try to get a grip on the addiction it only seems to get worse.
Drug addiction among Christians isn’t as rare as you may think and Christian drug addiction is actually no different from non-Christian drug addiction. Addiction is a disease with both genetic and environmental components and no one is truly immune. Though you may not see very many people struggling with addiction in your church, this doesn’t mean the problem isn’t there. Whether you know of other addicts in your church or not, the important thing to remember is that if you are an addict, you need to get the help that is right for you.
The Solution: Christian Drug Rehab
Addiction is a disease but it is also a spiritual matter; a spiritual solution is needed for the treatment and recovery that bring lasting sobriety. Quitting drugs isn’t just about ceasing to use an addictive, life-controlling substance, it is about getting to the root of why we used and abused in the first place. It’s about coming to know God through the Bible, and learning how to live in sobriety as outlined in the 12 Steps. Telling an addict to “just quit,” doesn’t take into account the deep emotional, physical and spiritual issues that contribute to an addiction. Christian rehab helps addicts to address these issues in their own lives while coming to know the God of the Bible, the one who promises redemption and restoration.
If you are a Christian struggling with addiction, know that there is help for you in Christian rehab. Don’t delay in seeking the help you need in order to live the victorious life God has promised you.
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