For many Christians, Easter Sunday also represents an opportunity to spend the day with family and friends. If you plan on going to church this Sunday with your loved ones, why not make the day even more memorable by taking the time to study the Bible together as a group. By talking about the scripture and having an honest discussion about the meaning of the text, you can strengthen your relationship with Christ – and with your loved ones.
If you’re going to church this Sunday, considering hosting a group Bible study to explore God’s word with your family and friends.
To get started, you might consider pulling together some Bible verses that speak to you and ask your friends and family members to do the same. Here are a few of the most inspirational Bible verses that can help remind you of Christ’s love and miraculous resurrection.
Psalm 34:8: Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Isaiah 40:28-31: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 4:9-11: In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
However you choose to spend the day, the team at Christian Rehab Network wishes you a happy Easter weekend!
At Christian Rehab Network, we use a unique combination of evidence-based therapies and faith-based support to help individuals pursuing a new life of sobriety. We offer a wide range of services at our Christian addiction treatment centers including inpatient care, outpatient services and sober living facilities. To learn more about Christian rehab offerings, please give us a call today at (877) 310-9545.
Due to the dramatic and widespread increase in opioid addiction, the scientific community has responded by investing in new therapies to alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal and treatments designed to address addiction issues.
In addition to that good work, some researchers are also asking that we spend time investigating the underpinnings of addiction. Specifically, they suggest that we should learn more about the basic biology of pain and how precision medicine can help us predict how patients will respond to certain prescription painkillers.
In an article published recently in the journal Science, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania recommend that we adopt a paradigm shift. Instead of solely focusing on treatment methodologies, we should also go back to the basics and investigate the nature of pain and how people differ in their response to various pain medications. Armed with this information, clinicians can administer prescription painkillers more precisely and reduce the risk of triggering an addiction.
"Pain is a syndrome that is poorly understood and research on pain is poorly resourced relative to its prevalence and cost, especially in terms of shattered lives and lost productivity," writes Tilo Grosser, MD, one of the lead authors and an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.
To tackle the opioid epidemic, the researchers suggest that we employ a broader strategy. Specifically, addiction research should help us better understand the physiology of pain. They recommend that additional studies should investigate how and why individuals respond differently to pain. And, the researchers also suggest that more can be learned by exploring the difference between inflammatory and neuropathic pain, the heritability of pain awareness and the spectrum of acute and chronic pain.
By investigating the biology and mechanics of pain, we can help to prevent addiction before it occurs. At Christian Rehab Network, it’s encouraging that more scientists are recognizing the need to develop safer and less addictive treatment therapies for pain. Let’s keep this positive momentum going.
If you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, our compassionate staff is here to help. At Christian Rehab Network, we can help verify your insurance coverage and benefits and ensure you get connected with the right center that specializes in addressing your specific needs. And, we can take care of all the paperwork so you don’t have to during a time of crisis. Let us help you find the best drug or alcohol rehab center to meet your individual needs. Contact us today at (877) 310-9545.
But, why is Christian fellowship so important? It offers a rare opportunity to connect with others who share your same spiritual values and belief system.
You might be surprised to learn that you can also cultivate those Christian relationships by simply fostering a more mindful approach in how you treat others with respect. In some ways, you might think of fellowship as the amount of time you spend with others. It’s also important to think about the quality of time spent, too.
If you’re thinking about building a stronger family unit and Christian community, here are a few strategies you might consider.
(1) Don’t judge their past.
Help them build a brighter future. No one is perfect and that is a given. You can demonstrate your respect by simply supporting their journey. During challenging times, don’t turn away. Instead, stand by their side. Show them that you have confidence in where they want to go. That is a powerful form of respect.
(2) Acknowledge their story by listening.
Sometimes the most powerful form of respect is delivered through active listening. Throughout the day, most people work hard to simply be heard. The next time you have a few minutes to chat with a loved one, simply be present. Don’t try to chime in at every pause in the conversation. Often times, you can demonstrate your respect by keeping an open mind and an open heart.
(3) Treat everyone with kindness.
You may not realize it, but you can touch the lives of so many people by offering the simple act of kindness and respect. You might not realize it, but the person in line at the grocery store or even a neighbor might be going through a personal challenge in their life. By offering a simple smile or a warm embrace, it just might make a profound difference in their day.
We can help you find the mental health services and inpatient addiction treatment services that you need to reconnect with your faith and heal from the struggle of addiction. You don’t have to go it alone. If you’re feeling powerless and in need of help, our team is standing by to help. To learn about all of our payment options for drug rehabilitation, please call (877) 310-9545 or submit a confidential online request today.
In the late nineties, the Nordic island country of Iceland was facing a serious public health crisis. Alcohol and drug abuse among younger residents had escalated to an increasingly worrisome level. 42% of teens (not even old enough to drive) were abusing alcohol and nearly 1 in 5 smoked marijuana on a regular basis.
In an effort to better understand the root cause, Icelandic officials conducted a survey asking 15- and 16-year-olds how much time they spent with friends and family members in their community. What did they do after school? Who did they hang out with? Did they participate in sports and other organized activities?
The results of the survey showed a strong correlation between social isolation and substance abuse. Armed with this information, community leaders decided the tackle the issue in a variety of ways.
And the results were profound. Rates of alcohol abuse fell from 42 to 5 percent. Marijuana use dropped from 17 to just 7 percent.
By offering teens more opportunities to socialize and spend time with friends and family members, they were able to reduce the risk of addiction among their most vulnerable residents.
While there are many proven therapies available to treat substance abuse, prevention is truly the most powerful. Which begs the question. Given the current opioid epidemic, is there an opportunity to reapply some of these best practices to stop the spread of addiction among our youth?
For adolescents, the path to recovery can be very different than an adult. That’s why Christian Rehab Network offers a faith-based rehab for adolescents. We offer group and individual therapy, Bible study, pastoral care, and recreational recovery activities that give adolescents age-appropriate strategies for coping with issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance use disorders, and social difficulties. To inquire about insurance and private payment options for adolescent drug rehabilitation, call (877) 310-9545 or submit a secure online inquiry today.
Faith. You can’t see it or measure it. But, you can certainly feel it. It’s a unique bond that you have with your creator – one that evolves over time adding unique layers and textures to your relationship with Christ.
And, it’s a powerful tool to help guide you through challenging chapters of your journey. Are you being confronted with something in your life right now that is giving you pause? Find strength in your faith and use that compass to keep moving you in the right direction.
If you’re on a path of sobriety and working on yourself (and a life free from addiction), your faith can help you in so many ways.
(1) Seek to learn and grow. It’s a common reaction to run away from painful experiences and emotions. But, you should know that the Lord is always by your side. You can’t avoid suffering, but you can seek to understand how it can help you grow stronger and learn from those experiences. The next time you are tested by a stressful situation, ask yourself how you can learn and grow from that experience. [Nehemiah 8:10 - Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.]
(2) Remember that He is by your side. At times, when you feel like life is more than you can bear, remind yourself that you are never alone. God will never leave you or forsake you. [Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.]
(3) Lean on His teachings. Life can be difficult and full of complicated situations. But, you don’t have to go it alone. If you’re facing a difficult situation, turn to your Bible for guidance. Or, talk to a pastor or another leader in your church for help. They can likely help you make the right choices that align with your Christian values. [Romans 8:38-39 - And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.]
Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: (877) 310-9545.
Sometimes life happens. You spill coffee on your shirt right before a team meeting. Dinner accidently gets burnt to a crisp. It starts raining and your umbrella is nowhere in sight. Even with your best intentions, sometimes good days turn into, well, not so great days.
While you can’t control everyone and everything around you, you do have the power to control how you react. Do you get bent out of shape or do you take a deep breath, move on and try to stay positive? That decision is up to you.
If you’re on a journey from addiction to recovery, you can influence your success. By consciously choosing behaviors that support a more positive and grateful approach to life, you can continue to support a new sober lifestyle.
Want to protect this new chapter of your life? Here are a few ways you can start living a more fulfilling and happy life!
(1) Make time for friends and family. Multiple studies have shown that happy people focus on cultivating close, personal relationships. The emphasis here is quality over quantity. Given that, you don’t have to have a huge social network. Invest your time and energy into those close to you and think about how you can grow your relationship. Give them a call once a week or make plans to grab coffee together.
(2) Be kind to yourself. Your mental health and your physical well-being are tightly interconnected. If you neglect one, the other starts to suffer. That’s why it’s important to take care of your whole body. Get enough sleep. Eat balanced meals and stay hydrated. You might be surprised how those simple improvements in your lifestyle can really boost your mood.
(3) Challenge yourself personally. Those who report a high level of personal satisfaction with their life often spend time pursuing personal goals. Whether that’s training for a local 5K, learning how to speak a new language or spending more time volunteering in their community. According to multiple studies, happy people do a good job of balancing their schedule and make time for both professional and personal endeavors.
Whether you’re in need of mental health services, inpatient addiction treatment or supervised drug detox, you can rest assured the provider we match you with will be able to treat you with the kind of Christian based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your will power is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. Get help now: 877-310-9545.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is over but you can still celebrate the spirit of the season long after the decorations have been put away. Since you’ve been blessed with the love of Christ in your life, why not share your joy with others?
If you are on a path to addiction recovery and working on rebuilding your relationship with Him, consider practicing a few random acts of kindness throughout your day. By lifting up the hearts and minds of others, you can lead by example and give back to your community.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few ways you can share random acts of kindness!
The next time you get out the lawnmower or spend an afternoon raking leaves in your backyard, why not surprise your neighbor and tackle their yard too? Or, if you have elderly neighbors, offer to do their grocery shopping if they don’t feel comfortable driving.
If you like to spend your spare time knitting, you can actually transform your hobby into helping others. If you are fairly crafty, chances are you have a lot of yarn left over from other projects. Consider recycling those extra materials to knit an extra hat or scarf and donate that to a local homeless shelter. And, if you have some friends who like to knit too, ask them to donate some of their time to do the same!
The next time you drive through a tollbooth, consider giving the attendant a few extra quarters for the car behind you. While it may not seem like much (monetarily), you’ll likely make someone’s day a little bit brighter! And, you might even inspire them to do the same.
Do you know someone at work or in your neighborhood that has been going through a lot lately? You can bring a little joy into their day simply by whipping something up in your kitchen. Bake a few cookies, write them a quick note and leave it for them as a surprise.
One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply show your respect. The next time you’re in busy traffic, slow down a little bit and let fellow drivers merge into your lane if they need.
Developing sober living life skills during outpatient care is an important part of addiction recovery.
When you need outpatient treatment services from a Christ-based facility, allow us to help you locate and secure those services, and ensure they are affordable to you. Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery. Call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.
You’ve probably heard your family and friends talk about their resolutions for the New Year. Things like saving more money, losing weight, getting organized and taking time off from work to travel the world. While it’s always great to have personal and professional goals for yourself, you shouldn’t overlook opportunities for spiritual growth too.
Whether you’ve recently accepted Christ as your savior or grew up in the church since you were young, there are always new, humbling lessons to learn during your journey of faith and addiction recovery.
With the New Year almost here, take a few quiet moments for yourself today to consider making some faith-based resolutions. Things that can help you become closer with Christ and grow stronger in your faith.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
You’ve probably read specific passages from time to time, but do you carve out time in your schedule to understand the scripture? If you would like to make this part of your spiritual journey in 2017, consider putting together a Bible study group with your friends and family. You can plan to read specific chapters separately, and then come together to talk about what you learned and the words that inspired you.
Prayer often comes to us spontaneously throughout the day – usually when we are doing through a difficult time or searching for answers. But, it’s also important to make prayer your priority, regardless of what is going on in your life.
If you have worked hard to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you can serve as an inspiration to others who are still trying to find their way. By living a sober, Christian lifestyle you can motivate your friends and family to do the same!
If you do want to make your faith a priority in the New Year, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pastor and the rest of your church family for their guidance and help. Chances are, they’ll be honored to be part of your faith-based journey!
We offer the Christian-based care you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find that strength comes easily and your willpower is seemingly fortified by the presence of the Lord in your recovery process, and we are here to ensure you find a facility that leads you down his path and into sobriety for the rest of your life. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call Christian Rehab Network at (877) 310-9545 to learn more.
In this excerpt from The Lord’s Prayer, it touches on one of the most powerful pillars of Christianity. How critical it is to forgive yourself and others. Think about it. Would you want to live in a world where people held grudges indefinitely and constantly reminded you of the mistakes you’ve made along the way? Of course not.
And, learning how to adopt a more forgiving attitude is especially important for those casting off a lifestyle of addiction. By freeing yourself from negativity and choosing to embrace yourself and others in a more positive light, you can reduce your risk relapse and protect your hard-earned sobriety.
If you’d like to cultivate a more sympathetic mindset, consider adopting some of these strategies of forgiveness – to open your mind and your heart.
When you see a friend or family member, do you really see the whole person? Or, do you immediately recall each and every grievance you have against them? People are human and everyone makes mistakes. The next time you start to mentally run through a list of past missteps, pause and ask yourself if you would like to be judged in the same critical way.
A big part of addiction recovery is all about taking responsibility for your actions. If you want to apologize to a friend or family member for something you did as a result of living with an addiction, pull them aside and talk to them privately. Initially, they may not be comfortable talking about it in a public setting. And, they’ll be more likely to pay attention to what you’re saying without being distracted.
If you know that forgiving others for prior mistakes is the Christian thing to do, you also need to extend that same courtesy to yourself. Use what you have learned as a stepping stone towards the future. Beating yourself up over and over again doesn’t support your journey to sobriety.
At Christian Rehab Network, we believe in the healing power of Christ-centered addiction recovery rehabilitation. Using a comprehensive approach to treatment, our unique programming is centered around prayer, scripture study and teachings from the Bible. If you are searching for help strengthening your relationship with Christ while overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, call (877) 310-9545 to learn more.
“Uh, I can’t believe I lost my car keys. Again.”
“Why can’t I lose these last 10 pounds?”
“All of my friends are married and I'm still single. Of course.”
Does any of this sound like the running commentary that you tell yourself? Do you do a really great job of reminding yourself of every mistake, perceived inadequacy and missed opportunity? If this sounds all too familiar, you are not doing yourself any favors. And, you are actually chipping away at your self-esteem, one negative thought at a time.
So why is building up your confidence so important? Using positive self-talk is good for your mental health – and it is even more critical for those on a path to addiction recovery. By maintaining a more positive self-image, you’ll be less likely to return to a life of drug and alcohol abuse.
(1) Don’t put a label on yourself. Putting a label on yourself (like “Lazy” of “Fat”) is self-defeating and it doesn’t articulate who you are as a person. The next time you find yourself trying to define yourself negatively, make a mental list of your positive traits instead.
(2) Take a self-appreciation break every day. While you may not be able to completely banish negative self-talk, you can fight it using a positive approach. Carve five minutes out of your daily schedule to think about three things that make you proud of yourself. And, it can just be little things like cooking a healthy meal the night before.
(3) Ask yourself if you would talk that way to a friend. It’s unfortunate that sometimes we as human beings are comfortable emotionally abusing ourselves but would never treat anyone else that same way. The next time you start berating yourself, ask yourself if you would judge a friend or family member like that.
Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, our outpatient treatment and sober living arrangements can help you build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation and maintain a new sober lifestyle. Call (877) 310-9545 to learn more today.