Christian addiction recovery curriculum

Why a Christian Curriculum Is The Most Effective Way to Beat Addiction

Traditional 12-Step addiction recovery programs have been around for decades, so what is different about a Christian addiction recovery program? Is it more effective than traditional recovery programs?

A 2019 study reviewed the importance of faith in an individual’s recovery from substance abuse, and the findings spoke for themselves. In the conclusion, the study said “religion and religious participation can address the many issues that lead people to alcohol and/or drug dependency that medical interventions alone can fail to address.” What’s more, the study determined that those who relied on their faith in God actually healed faster.

Why might this be?

Treating the Whole Person

When you think about addiction, it is easy to focus on the physical, mental, and emotional toll it takes on the person. But what about spiritually? A Christian addiction recovery program recognizes our addictions as a spiritual yearning, a yearning for something more than we can find or fill within ourselves.

Just like traditional rehabs or recovery programs, a Christian recovery program addresses the physical, mental, and emotional health of the addicted person. But it doesn’t stop there! Treating the whole person, and the true root of their suffering, includes assessing their spiritual need and its link to the addiction.  

“For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ~1 John 2:16-17 (ESV)

Identity = Who God Says You Are

Rather than identify as addicts, a Christian recovery program encourages identifying ourselves by what the Bible says about us and how God sees us. Instead of focusing on our addict-like behaviors, we recognize that we are inherently individuals struggling to find fulfillment and belonging, and it is only God who can give us what we seek.

In the same way, we believe true healing comes from hearing and understanding the truths of the Bible: How God is the only true source of life, and that He loves us and wants us to know Him. As a result, we surrender ourselves to be molded and shaped into the person God says we already are in His eyes – blameless and a new creation.

Focus & Hope Found in Christ

A Christian curriculum also focuses on the future, including building a new foundation for how we see the world. In traditional 12-Step programs, the focus is often holding fast to the group’s traditions and subjective truths.

For example, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is known as a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they might solve their common problems. A Christian curriculum, on the other hand, depends on the belief in the Gospel of Christ and God’s supernatural work in our lives despite our best efforts.

“Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory …” ~Ephesians 3:17b-20 (BSB)

Our team at S2L Recovery understands the seriousness of taking the first step toward recovery. We also know each person recovers from their addiction in a personalized, unique way. Our approach is from a foundational faith-based framework, but our addiction recovery program is not exclusive to Christians; we welcome anyone. Learn more today.

The Importance of Having a Recovery Support System

While there are many proven methods to encourage a life of recovery, one common theme across numerous approaches to addiction recovery is a strong support system. For many individuals struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, this is found in recovery support groups. 

Data shows that 90% of addiction clients who continue to attend peer support groups after going through rehab achieve, on average, two years of sobriety without relapse and 10 years until substance abuse freedom. With a condition in which relapse is common – if not expected – that is an incredible statistic!

Why is this the case, and how exactly does a support system motivate a person to stick with recovery?

S2L Recovery’s intensive approach to addiction recovery sets us apart and has proven successful for more than a decade. Our community-based model for aftercare support following rehab has been integral to our alumni’s recovery journeys. Learn more.

People Need People

It is a simple truth, but the reality is that people need people! Individuals who have struggled with an addiction increasingly become more isolated in themselves, as well as in their shame. One of the best medicines for an individual with a substance use disorder, then, is a healthy community.

More often than not, a support group connects people who would not have met otherwise and gives them a regular time and place to interact. And the relationships and network an individual in recovery gains through a support group takes effect almost immediately. Even if he or she does not open up or make friends right away, being in the presence of others with similar battles and hearing their stories is powerful!

A Judgment-Free Zone

Individuals struggling with a current or past addiction can feel intense shame, whether it’s about their cravings, things they’ve done while in active addiction, or the consequences they are currently enduring from the substance use. It can be very difficult to talk about – and even harmful – with family members and friends who don’t fully understand the vicious cycle of addiction.

A support group, on the other hand, is a group of people who have struggled with substance use themselves! Rather than offering advice about do’s and don’ts, a group of peers offers a safe and judgment-free zone for the individual to talk about their struggles. A support group can truly empathize with and understand what a recovering individual is going through and share their own hard-earned wisdom.

True Accountability

At the same time, a support group offers authentic, unadulterated accountability for an individual in recovery. This is especially true of recovery support groups that value integrity and honesty as building blocks for true healing. Plus, one of the primary purposes of the group’s meetings (whether weekly or bimonthly) is to encourage honest check-ins with how each member is doing.

On another note, fellow “addicts” have a keen radar for recognizing the signs of relapse. The beauty of an individual being a member of an attentive, accountable recovery peer group? It is a safe place to 1. admit failings and 2. receive support as they work to get back on-track.

Men come to the S2L Recovery program with different backgrounds of faith, beliefs, and cultural understandings, but we welcome all people without judgment. Learn more about our drug & alcohol recovery program today.