A faith based track allows the client who is either a believer or has interest in the teaching of Jesus Christ or some other approach to faith to have a chance to strengthen their beliefs and strength in spirituality. Actually, a faith based track can be that of any religion to be honest, but the majority of such approaches in the United States are Christian approaches. Exploring and strengthening one’s Christian or other religious faith allows the client to maintain their recovery after treatment has ended.

Treatment is specialized and highly well put together. To include religion into treatment is a wise choice, but only those who have religious beliefs to begin with or who are interested in the teachings of a religion should engage in such a rehab program. The truth of the matter is that religious and faith based rehab approaches will probably not work on someone who it is being forced upon.

What is faith based rehab based upon? Why is it successful? What makes it work? How does it work? A lot of people feel that faith and religion should be kept out of rehab, but there are some valid aspects to using religion in a rehab program. These are:

  1. Religious and faith based rehab programs teach intensive ethics and morality to those who definitely need them, which includes all addicts.
  2. Religious and faith based rehab programs give addicts a chance to find a belief system that is above and beyond anything they have ever believed in before. The key here is to give recovering and struggling addicts something that they can believe in that is stronger than their own impulses to use and abuse drugs and alcohol.
  3. Religious and faith based rehab programs are quite effective in getting people to work at something that will keep them sober. Religious and faith based rehab programs and tracks get their clients involved in church groups in their hometown and in faith based aftercare programs too, all of which make a big difference in keeping an individual recovered and sober and away from relapse.

The Real Data on America’s Addiction Crisis

Sadly, drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general has made a serious impact on the residents of the nation. This problem is more severe than it ever has been before, necessitating effective treatment methods and rehabilitative means to do something about it on a more permanent level. To aide us and others who are interested in our overall quest to inform the populace of the crisis that is addiction in the nation today, many organizations, some of which are funded by the government, some of which are nonprofit, have all worked together to provide effective solutions for the nation’s drug problem.

Such organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health (TAH), have all worked together diligently and continuously to provide such statistical data and cruel yet very, very true evidence on this very real crisis and problem for all to see and bear witness to so that something can be done about it. For example:

  • Nearly one quarter of the entire U.S. population of the age of 12 or older participated in binge drinking during the past 30 days alone. This is about 58.6 million people all in all. The rate in 2010 is similar to the estimate in 2009, but the rate jumped up in 2015. The survey defined binge drinking as having five or more drinks at least 1 day in the 30 days prior to the survey, which is unhealthy drinking at the very least. Faith based rehab programs are totally effective and perfectly worked to address binge drinking and really any kind of drinking problem for that matter.
  • About 6.7% of the U.S. population of the age of 12 or older, or 16.9 million people all in all, reported heavy drinking in the last month. This rate was similar to the rate of heavy drinking in 2009 but is somewhat higher. The survey defined heavy drinking as binge drinking on at least 5 days in the past 30 days alone. Again, faith based treatment tracks are immensely effective against any level of alcoholism.
  • About 40.6% of young adults in the U.S., in the age range of eighteen to twenty-five, participated in binge drinking and the rate of heavy drinking was about 13.6%. These rates were similar to the rates in the year of 2009. Young adults are tricky when it comes to addiction. If they are at all religious, faith based rehab programs are quite useful.
  • About twelve percent of persons of the age of 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year alone. The rate of driving under the influence of alcohol was highest among persons of the age of 25, (23.4%). Sadly, drunk driving is not only an addictive habit, but it is also a matter of ethics and morality. This is why faith based rehab programs are so successful in these situations, because faith based rehab programs impress the importance of ethics and morality and teach these things to their participants.
  • About ten percent of the U.S. population of the age of 12 or older would meet the diagnostic criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder, (substance use disorder or addiction). This was an estimated 25.1 million persons. Of these millions, 2.9 million were classified with a substance use disorder of both alcohol and illicit drugs. 4.2 million were classified with a substance use disorder for illicit drugs but not alcohol. 18.0 million were classified with a substance use disorder for alcohol but not illicit drugs. Obviously, alcohol is a much more severe problem than drugs are, which is why faith based rehab approaches should be considered, as faith based approaches have higher success rates with alcoholics.

The Key to Faith Based Rehab Approaches

For some time now faith based rehab programs have been called, “The strongest approach to treatment.” This is often the truth of the matter too because these approaches instill a level of strength and resolve in a person that is hard to meet and hard to match in other rehab approaches. Faith based rehab approaches and sections offer a recovering addict the ability to make it go right with his or her lifetime of sobriety by instilling resolve in belief and faith. Faith and dedication to a wise choice and a healthy goal is arguably one of the strongest mindsets that one can be in, and faith based rehab programs most definitely do just this.

It is recommended that those seeking help with drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general should seriously consider a faith based approach. A lot of rehab centers and programs offer a faith based track as an elective and do not make it a required segment of the program. This is probably the best way to pursue a faith based rehab track. This would entail some counseling from a pastor or minister here and there, and it would entail a bit of Sunday Service here and there too. It gives interested clients a chance to test the waters with faith as it is used in treatment, and if they like it and benefit from it, they can pursue it further.

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