Alcohol does not discriminate: young and old, rich and poor, males and females, Christians and non-believers alike succumb to its allure and false promises. But for women in particular, alcohol abuse carries special dangers and stigmas.
Alcohol Affects Women Differently
Women make up about one-third of individuals who become dependent on alcohol. This does not mean that they are less prone to alcohol abuse, however. In fact, the opposite may be true. Because of their physiology, women may be more at risk:
In addition, women who abuse alcohol during the childbearing years endanger their pregnancies and increase the risk of birth defects in their unborn children.
Stigma Is Attached to Women Who Drink
American culture generally accepts alcohol use among men as normal. For women, though, there is a different attitude. The stereotype of a “loose woman” who drinks with abandon and is promiscuous is still very much alive. Add to this the fact that 50% of women who seek help for alcohol abuse also report being sexually abused, either in childhood, or when their drinking was misunderstood as a sexual invitation. Many women who abuse alcohol began to drink as a way to ease the pain of such encounters.
The attitudes toward women who use and abuse alcohol can be even more severe in Christian communities. Some believe that alcohol cannot be part of a godly life. Others may feel that a woman’s role as mother and family caregiver is incompatible with the self-indulgence of alcohol dependence. These attitudes leave Christian women who drink with feelings of extreme shame and unworthiness.
There Is Help
Shame, loneliness, and self-loathing are spiritual side effects of alcohol dependence, and just like the physical effects, they must be treated. If you are a Christian woman who is struggling to find your way out of alcohol addiction and back to God, Christian Rehab Network can help. Our partner facilities offer clinical treatment and Christian fellowship that is specifically oriented to meet the needs of women. Call 877-310-9545 today to find a caring Christian rehab center near you, and begin your physical and spiritual rebirth.
Holistic therapies, including such techniques as yoga and meditation, have made inroads in the world of addiction recovery as alternatives to traditional approaches. These therapies offer numerous benefits; they help calm the mind and soothe the soul while promoting inner harmony and clarity. These are essential to the recovery process, which is as much about healing the inner spirit as it is about overcoming the physical symptoms of substance abuse and withdrawal.
Yet, for clients in faith-based healing programs like the Christian Rehab Network, therapies like yoga and meditation may pose questions about compatibility. These techniques are borrowed from disparate spiritual and faith traditions that venerate gods and deities not recognized by practicing Christians. Is there a way to reconcile yoga’s underlying spiritual implications with the Christian faith in the context of drug and alcohol rehab?
The key to integrating techniques like yoga into the Christian context is to focus on the modality, itself, rather than its Hindu roots. The physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayama) deliver scientifically proven benefits like core strengthening, toxin release, stress release, and mental focus. Biblically, we are to “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice and spiritual act of worship that is holy and pleasing to God,” (Rom. 12:1-2), and yoga helps us achieve this through an increase in healthy circulation, improved sleep, and decrease in anxiety and depression. There is no doubt that when we are physically healthier and treat our body as God’s temple, we are more able to engage in a deep, spiritual walk.
Many recovering addicts also use yoga time as a supplement to their Christian meditation time. Trading Eastern religious references for prayer, scriptural meditation, and focus on the Holy Spirit, clients achieve spiritual as well as physical and psychological benefits.
So, the short answer is yes, yoga and similar practices can be adapted to Christian values, and they can play an important role in the recovery process when guided by a Christian practitioner. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, we invite you to contact the Christian Rehab Network team to learn more about how the power of God can lead to a full and complete recovery—through traditional and non-traditional therapy techniques.
For Christians who want to escape the pain of drug and alcohol addiction, help is only a prayer, a phone call, or a visit with your pastor away. You may already have tried one of the many faith-based 12-step programs that are found in communities all across the U.S. With Christ’s love and healing—and the help of others who have fought the same battles—many Christians can embrace abstinence and successfully live in sobriety. But, if you feel that you will never be able to shake off your addiction, that Christ has abandoned you, or that you are unworthy of His love, you may need to seek help beyond a 12-step outpatient program.
When Is Christian Inpatient Care the Answer?
If your personal battle with substance abuse has left you feeling hopeless and separated from God, it may be a sign that you need the kind of specialized care available at Christian Rehab Network’s inpatient care centers. Substance abuse is a serious and complex disease, with far-reaching physical and mental consequences. At our affiliated inpatient care centers, you will find fellowship and spiritual guidance along with medical professionals and mental health counselors who can diagnose and treat the many aspects of this disease.
Seek inpatient treatment if you suspect that any of these conditions are present in your life:
The Care You Need with the Spiritual Restoration You Want
Christian Rehab Network can connect you with a faith-based inpatient treatment center near you. Our partners are thoroughly screened to assure that they provide quality treatment from a scriptural perspective. You can be sure that their programs offer credentialed, professional treatment that addresses your physical and mental needs, along with Christ-centered counseling, fellowship, and support to help you heal your relationship with God. Call 877-310-9545 to speak to a recovery specialist and begin healing your body and spirit today.
As you pursue sobriety, you are seeking to be renewed in every aspect of life: spiritually, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. But does this mean giving up everything and everyone you loved before recovery? Not always, but there is much to be said for building new patterns of daily living where old triggers and temptations can’t return to haunt you. In some cases, though, old friendships and family connections are still an important part of your new life. Instead of replacing them, discover new ways to integrate them into your life looking at them differently, seeking reconciliation, and creating healthy boundaries.
New Physical Body
Addiction depletes you. As you are compelled to use, toxins build in your body, you neglect healthy eating, and exercise becomes a thing of the past. Recovery is a perfect time to focus on your physical health after you have detoxed from chemical substances. Our Christian rehab centers offer nutritional guidance and recreation opportunities that will help you develop a “new,” healthier body that is built to function longer and stronger.
New Family Dynamics
You still love your family, but destructive enabling and negative family dynamics may have contributed to your addictive cycle. When it’s time to return home, make sure that your family has also gotten the help they need. Addiction is a family disease. With the help of therapists and disease education, your family members can learn to (1) support you without enabling, (2) love you without rescuing, and (3) integrate themselves as a healthy part of your new life. With counseling and relationship skills coaching, your family can become one of the most important parts of your support system.
New Friendship Approaches
If your old friends were your main connection to drugs and alcohol, you need to find new friends. However, you probably have friendships from the past that were not, in themselves, destructive. With time and counseling, you can learn to participate in these friendships in healthy ways—and these friends can support your sobriety. If old friendships are a trigger for relapse, however, it’s best to avoid reconnection. Your therapist can help you determine when it’s time to re-engage with a friend, and when it’s time to run the other way.
New Spiritual Commitment
While some of our clients are new to their Christian faith-walk, many of them were Christians before they became addicted—or while they were addicted. At Christian Rehab Network, our facility and therapy partners teach you how to leave behind the shame of your addiction and renew your relationship with Christ. That does not mean that your recovery journey will be easy; but it does mean that you will have the God of the universe journeying with you. The deeper you go in your relationship with God, the more likely this relationship will sustain you as you are tempted to relapse or return to old patterns as future stress arises.
Experience ReNEWal Through Christian Rehab Network
Today is a new day: when you can choose to leave drugs and alcohol behind and venture into uncharted territory. Experience faith-based healing, residential programs, outpatient treatment, and sober living communities available through Christian Rehab Network. Working with you to find affordable care with lasting results, our team acts as your advocate and recovery partner. Call 877.310.9545 now.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide a way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
1 Cor. 10:13
If you are like many men and women, you may wonder how God’s love can weather the fallout that your addiction has left in its wake. Your life, your relationships, and your spiritual walk have gone off the rails. You don’t feel “whole” anymore. When you feel this way, here is the truth: God is not surprised by your addiction. He is not caught off-guard; his love for you is not impacted. In fact, it is quite the opposite. The Bible tells us that when you ask for forgiveness, the Lord removes your sins as far from you as east is from west; that there is an infinite distance between you and your addiction when you repent and begin the healing process.
Free Choice & Personal Growth
When God offered mankind the beauty (and burden) of free choice, he knew that our choices would not always redeem us, draw us closer to him, or contribute to increasing faith. Instead, our choices would often bring personal and relational destruction. The good news is that God loves us in spite of—and because of—our choices, because he can use them to refine us in ways we would not be capable of on our own. As you walk the day-to-day path of addiction treatment and are tempted to doubt God’s love for you, remember:
Experience Peace at a Christian Rehab Network Facility
Addiction isolates you, destroys your relationships, and makes you feel far away from God. Our clients come to us expressing deep feelings of sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness—but we can help. Through our Christian drug and alcohol recovery programs for men and women, you can leave your addiction and experience God’s redeeming love and mercy in new and miraculous ways. To speak with a counselor or pastor about your addiction, or to inquire about affordable drug rehab programs, dial 877.310.9545 or submit a confidential . We will be in touch promptly!
There is no doubt that drug and alcohol addiction drastically impact your body, mind, spirit, and social realms. For many clients, breaking free from the chains of addiction means embracing holistic treatments that touch upon each of these areas.
Christian Rehab Network has the expertise and resources to help you find faith-based treatment programs that care for the whole person. Many of our treatment partners offer proven holistic techniques to manage the depression, anxiety, pain, and stress that comes with addiction recovery. These may include:
Taking Responsibility for Your Treatment
Part of achieving recovery success is connecting with God and, with His help, taking responsibility for your spiritual and physical wellbeing. Studies show that the right combination of holistic therapies can:
Enhancing Your Spirituality with Holistic Therapy
Holistic treatments help you focus on deepening your spiritual walk by taking you to a place of calm you may not be able to achieve on your own. It is when you are relaxed and inwardly focused that you can dig deeply to understand the root of your addiction, experience intimacy with Jesus, affirm the work God is doing in your life, ask for forgiveness from those you have wronged, and be grateful for your journey to sobriety. Pray for discernment during treatment, asking God to reveal the holistic treatments that glorify Him and are most effective for you. Then, discuss your concerns with a member of the Christian Rehab Network team. Our addiction specialists are versed in all types of therapy approaches and can help you access insurance coverage and financing for short- and long-term rehab.
Most importantly, remember that holistic treatments are not a substitute for God’s power, which is revealed when you walk daily with him through prayer and scripture study. To inquire about Christian addiction rehab or make an appointment to visit one of our partner facilities, dial 877.310.9545 today.
“In Christ we have the capacity for the fulfilling sense of belonging, which comes from intimate fellowship with God and with other believers.”
- Neil T. Anderson
It’s an unfortunate fact that addiction often thrives in the midst of loneliness. To achieve sustained sobriety, you’ll need an army of supporters—from physicians and therapists to sober friends and loved ones. Throughout addiction recovery, you should build a list of people you can turn to and places you can go where you will not be tempted to drink, use drugs, or return to other addictive behaviors.
Develop a Drug Addiction Support Community
As you prayerfully consider whom you can trust to walk alongside you during drug or alcohol rehab, consider the following:
Stay Accountable & Evaluate Old Friendships Carefully
While a healthy community is critical to recovery, a community of enablers or other addicts can quickly derail your progress. The friends you hung out with before rehab could trigger a relapse, so choose your circle carefully. Rely on mentors, therapists, or spiritual advisors to keep you accountable if you start to slip back into destructive relationships or visit old haunts. Find a sponsor or accountability partner that you respect, and meet with them often. Sobriety is hard, and the journey was not meant to be a solitary one. Prayer and Bible study are also integral to keeping you motivated and allowing you to feel the healing presence of God.
Find a Christian Rehab Network Sober Living Community
To learn more about the power of Christian community during drug rehab, call the Christian Rehab Network team at 877.310.9545 today. Partnering with Christ-based addiction treatment centers for men and women of all ages, we can also help you find a sober community where you can continue your recovery and rebuild your life. These highly affordable living arrangements can help you stay on track when the possibility of relapse is high—so don't go it alone.
Many individuals struggle with the fact that they have been through addiction treatment and in the rooms of 12-step and faith based recovery programs multiple times. Never quite grasping the concept of the programs, despite the fact that they gather all of the information required and know what they need to do in order to stay sober. Why aren’t these individuals able to maintain my sobriety for any length of time? Why can’t they stay away from the substances which cause so many problems in their lives? These questions continue to plague them in every attempt they make at sobriety.
For the longest time they are unable to figure out why all of the information that they gathered in the rooms of recovery and in treatment, nor the desire to get sober was working as a long-term solution. There comes a time when individuals realize that the one thing they have been missing in their recovery is action. While a desire to quit using or drinking is extremely helpful to the alcoholic or addict in need of help, it is not a required at all. Many individuals who enter into treatment, do not want to stop using or drinking. They merely want to be allowed to drink or use without any other interference in the other areas of their lives. As most individuals in the program know, this is an unrealistic expectation and something that will never work for the alcoholic or addict. They learn that a better life can be attained, not through wanting, but by taking action or contrary action where necessary.
They may not want recovery, but if they take the action which is suggested in the program and begin to see the changes in their lives, they soon realize that while they may not want recovery, they definitely need it. This is one of the most important aspects of any recovery program, focusing on your needs rather than focusing on your wants. After investing any amount of time within the program and taking the action which is suggested, you will soon realize that your wants have led us to this place in our life where everything is falling apart. It has been your wants, which have up to this point, continued to cause the majority of problems in your life. By focusing on your wants you continue to drink or use regardless of the damage it may cause.
By focusing on your needs, however, you begin to realize and see that a major change takes place in how you approach everyday life. No longer do you live based upon what we believe you want, as your mind has been poisoned with clouded thinking. In time and through taking the action of practicing recovery, you begin to have an extreme amount of focus on your needs. You also discover that as you focus on your needs instead of your wants, your wants change to those which help to provide improvements. You discover that the more you focus on your needs rather than your wants, that what you needed is what you truly wanted all along. Having a better life, happiness and success is brought about through taking action on your needs. The wants or desires that you had while in your using or drinking state of mind only made life harder and made it impossible for you to accomplish anything which would bring about long-term happiness.
Today you have the opportunity to experience a life which you never thought you would have the opportunity or the ability to obtain. It will be through action that you are able to discover success in all aspects of your life. You begin to focus on your needs in life, rather than your wants. You take action on the knowledge which you have gathered throughout your time in the program of recovery because in the end it is your actions which will define your lives.
When entering into any recovery program, addicted individuals are in a constant struggle with their lives. They struggle with day to day activities that non-addicted individuals handle with ease. While most of those who struggle with addiction believe that the substance which they are addicted to is at the root of their problems, the reality of their situation is that the substance, whether drugs or alcohol, are not the originating problem in most circumstances. While constant, long-term drug and alcohol use can cause problems in the lives of any individual, the majority of their problems are caused because of the inability to deal with situations which arise in their life. While some of these individuals may struggle from underlying mental health disorders and the inability to accurately determine the best course of action in life situations, most individuals never develop the necessary skills in order to deal with situations effectively.
As a result of the inability to deal with these everyday situations, whether due to mental health issues or lacking the necessary skills, individuals will turn to anything which will provide relief in their time of desperation. This is where the misconception of their real problem comes in. Ask any struggling addict or alcoholic who has not experienced a recovery program in the past and they will tell you that their problem is their substance of choice. Ask any individual who has recovered from their addiction and has been around recovery for any significant amount of time and you will receive a completely different outlook on what the root of their problem is. They have gained the understanding that the substance of their choice, be it alcohol or drugs, has been their solution and not their problem.
While this may seem confusing to most individuals seeking addiction treatment, they will quickly learn that this statement reigns true in their situation as well. The illusion that most people have regarding drugs and alcohol after long-term abuse has caused the inability to distinguish their addiction from the situations, or problem areas in their life, which continues to push them to use their substance of choice. For instance. When non-addicted individuals are faced with a difficult situation at work or home, they utilize the skillset which they developed over the course of their life to appropriately deal with these situations. Addicted individuals, on the other hand, resort to abusing their substance of choice, in order to escape from the reality of the situation. It is easier for them to get high or get drunk than to face the situation head on, as they do not know how to correctly handle the situation which has arisen.
After months or even years of practicing this routine, individuals then seek help for addiction issues and feel that this is where their main problem lies. This is where the proven effectiveness of addiction and mental health treatment validates itself of the most effective solution to treating addiction and mental health disorders. Addiction and mental health treatment centers do not focus on just the substance which the individual is addicted to, but rather approaches these individuals as having a spiritual malady or underlying cause for their addictive behaviors. By treating only the substance which the individual is addicted to without delving deeper into the inner workings of the individual, true recovery can never take place.
The addictive person must resolve the issue that forced them to drink or used, the real problems which made us turn to drugs or alcohol. Addiction and mental health treatment centers allow the person to do just that. It is important to remember that while treatment centers will address the addiction of the person, the main goal of these centers is to allow the person to gain life skills and gain the ability to deal with life’s situations without the need to use or drink. Anyone can gain abstinence from drugs or alcohol for a short period of time, but that is not what true recovery is all about. True recovery is about finding a solution which allows these individuals to deal with life on life’s terms without the need for drugs or alcohol. By attending an addiction and mental health treatment program, these individuals are able to remove the chemicals from their body which have clouded their minds, as well as develop the skills necessary to achieve long-term sobriety.
Our solution for the problems in our lives is no longer drugs or alcohol because we have developed the skills necessary to encounter any situation which life may throw at our doorsteps and deal with these situations in the most appropriate way possible. In the end, it is the development of life skills, in combination with the removal of these chemicals from our body, which will allow us to live a better and more fulfilling life.
One of the hardest aspects of addiction recovery for the newcomer is the unknown. The uncertainty that recovery brings can often lead the recovering alcoholic or addict back out into the world of addiction and down the path to relapse. When we are in our addictions, the unknown of tomorrow is easy to deal with. We continue to use and drink without thinking about the repercussion of our actions and do not worry about what tomorrow may bring to our lives. Alcoholics and addicts do not care about tomorrow because they assume that it will be just like today. Using, drinking, and getting high are an everyday occurrence for us, so why would tomorrow be any different. I know from my personal experience that tomorrow is an afterthought because of this very reason and addict thinking process.
For the recovering addict, however, this couldn't be further from the truth. We constantly worry about what tomorrow may bring when we are early in the recovery process. How will I be able to pay my bills? How will I get to work or my meetings without a car? Questions like these bombard us as newcomers and the uncertainty of tomorrow weighs heavily on our minds. We do not know the answers to these questions and begin to suffer from extreme anxiety as a result. This is one of the main reasons why I have seen so many individuals and have experienced a relapse myself. The unknown can be a scary occurrence when ill-equipped to deal with the emotions and feelings that it will inevitably bring.
Simply through faith. Most people, including myself at one point, hear the word faith and immediately link the word with religion. We say, "I do not have faith, I don’t believe in God or want anything to do with church." This is a very misleading and incorrect interpretation of the word. While many people do have faith in God or in the religion which they follow, faith has a much deeper understanding than this. It is important to remember the true meaning of the word faith and why it is so important to the recovering addict or alcoholic, both the newcomer and the individual with any amount of time in recovery programs.
Faith is basically the ability to let go of control. We do not have to worry about every little thing or even the major situations in our life because we understand that all of our needs will be taken care of. God or the higher power of your understanding has proved time and time again to provide for those who have faith. Whether your higher power is God or whether your higher power is something as simple as the groups of AA or other 12-step programs, we see that those individuals who have faith in the teaching and faith in the process are the ones who are able to maintain their abstinence from drugs and alcohol, as well as live a less stressful and more enjoyable life.
Faith for these individuals and faith as I understand it now does not answer the questions which life brings to us. Faith simply allows us to live life without knowing the answers to those questions. These once insurmountable questions, such as, "how will I be able to get to a meeting?" are no longer the heavy burden that they once were. We live by faith knowing that we will be able to have our needs met because we have seen this through other people's experiences. We rest easy with the understanding that tomorrow is not the fearful place that it once was. This practice in faith, however, is exactly how it sounds. It comes with practice.
No one who enters into the program will immediately develop the kind of faith necessary to let go of all of their fears, Strong faith develops over time and through practice. Practicing faith may sound strange and may be something that you have never heard of. You may be thinking that you either have faith or you don't, but this is also a false thought. Many individuals, including myself, have developed faith over the course of our recovering lives. It develops through action and doing what is suggested of you by those who have done it. By surrounding yourself with individuals who have a strong faith in their programs and who live by the principles which their programs teach, you begin to understand and develop a sense of faith for yourself.
You see the faith that these individuals have, because of how they choose to live their lives. Stress-free and a focus on today is something that most individuals who possess a strong faith will carry into their day to day activities. They do not focus on tomorrow because it has no come yet and is not guaranteed to anyone. This strong faith in their program effects every aspect of their life and is at the root success of their recovery program. Through daily practice they have developed the ability to let go of the control which every addict and alcoholic wish to maintain over their life, but has caused nothing but problems. They understand having faith that their higher power is in control and no situation is too big to handle or too difficult to overcome.
Through practice, you too can achieve this peace of mind that many individuals have come to acquire through recovery programs. It will come in time, just have Faith.