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Do I Need to Be Religious to Participate in Faith-Based Addiction Rehab?

Do I Need to Be Religious to Participate in Faith-Based Addiction Rehab?While many faith-based addiction recovery programs help drug addicts recover, religious belief is not required for successful rehabilitation. Even the tried and true 12-step program – originally developed within the constructs of the Christian faith – has been retooled around the rational psychological principles that make it work. An increasing number of non-religious recovery networks continue to emerge that help people get and stay clean through purely scientific and rational practices.

The Science of Addiction Recovery

Addiction is both a physical and psychological disease. While ancient societies ascribed supernatural forces to chemical dependency, the modern medical community now understands the biological and mental components of addiction. To counter these problems, they offer results-based treatment.

Scientifically Treating Physical Addiction

Through a complex system of chemical signals and responses, the brain controls a wide range of physiological functions, including the following:

  • Pain management
  • Sexual response
  • Appetite
  • Waking and sleeping
  • Emotional response
  • Motivation

Many of the most addictive substances replace natural chemicals in the brain that affect these responses. This means that if and when someone stops taking drugs, he will be left without any of the substances he needs to function normally. Severe withdrawal symptoms will persist until his brain reestablishes its natural balance. This can take from several days to more than a week. Medically-supervised detox allows physicians to relieve many of the harshest withdrawal symptoms through the careful administration of various medications.

Scientifically Treating Psychological Addiction

Though physical addiction is very strong, the real power of addiction lies in its ability to change how addicts function psychologically. The high brought on by substance abuse directly impacts the reward center of the brain, temporarily relieving any underlying emotional disorders or distress. This is the same part of the brain that is responsible for the following psychological functions:

  • Impulse control
  • Memory
  • Emotions
  • Behavior reinforcement
  • Anxiety control

The brain will crave the relief offered by drugs or alcohol and will use all of these psychological functions to keep it coming.

Scientifically Based Recovery from Addiction

Lasting recovery from addiction requires both physical detox and carefully designed rehab of the mind from the mental ravages of the disease. The majority of addicts also suffer from co-occurring emotional disorders including the following:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-esteem deficiency
  • Schizophrenia

Successful recovery requires any and all co-occurring disorders to be treated alongside the addiction. This is best accomplished through fully integrated treatment.

Non-Religious Addiction Treatment

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time and let our specially trained addiction counselors answer any questions you have about treatment. We can connect you with the best programs that meet your specific needs and beliefs. There is no charge for the call or the advice we offer. You have nothing to lose. Pick up the phone today, and let us help you move toward a future free of addiction.