Often used by therapists to assist clients during the Christian substance abuse recovery process, journaling is a way to purge anxious thoughts, gain clarity about thoughts and emotions, and record an ongoing dialogue with God.
James Pennebaker, researcher and psychologist at the University at Texas at Austin, has studied the benefits of expressive writing on the healing process. Pennebaker reports that routine journaling strengthens T-lymphocytes—a type of immune cell, and that writing about stressful situations helps people come to terms with them.
“When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,” says Pennebaker. “They got to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function. … People will tell us months afterward that it’s been a very beneficial experience for them.”
Types of Journaling in Christian Rehab
Journaling styles vary broadly, but there are a number of writing approaches that are especially beneficial for people recovering from substance abuse.
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If you struggle with prayer or have trouble sharing your mental health issue or chemical dependency with others, journaling is a cathartic way to meditate and record your innermost thoughts. When you are ready to get the help you need, Christian Rehab Network stands beside you—available to help with insurance verification, interventions, and spiritual guidance that can bring about redemption—one day at a time. Call a Christian rehab specialist 24 hours a day at 877-310-9545.