Getting Sober / Staying Sober


Christian Drug Rehab Programs?

Anyone looking for a Christian drug rehab program should be aware that the main focus of the rehab or the unit is likely to be on the term Christian rather than a specific drug addiction treatment program.

Rehabs that refer to themselves as Christian rehabs are in the main a different type of treatment center or rehab to what could commonly be referred to as a mainstream rehab. This is because the focus of a Christian rehab, including Christian drug rehabs, offer a different approach to dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism and other types of addiction.

Christian drug rehabs are very often part of a much wider church community, of a Christian variety that could easily be referred to as that of born-again Christians. This type of Christianity is very fundamentalist. That is not a judgement, but simply pointing out that anyone entering a so-called Christian drug rehab program should be aware that the rehab is likely to be linked to an part of a much wider and bigger church community.

The programs offered by Christian drug rehabs are invariably Bible based, sometimes referred to as faith-based programs. In practice this means that the daily regimen for people who are in such a rehab is likely to be intense sessions of Bible study, worship services, personal prayer and meditation, focused exclusively on Christianity.

It is also very unlikely that a Christian drug rehab will embrace or promote commonly accepted forms of treatment such as those pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Christian Drug Rehab Programs – 12-Step Programs

The traditional model used in drug and alcohol rehab programs is that of an adaptation of the 12 step process used in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Whilst rehabs tend to adapt the principles involved in this 12 step model and promote them as their own addiction treatment programs a Christian drug rehab is unlikely to do this.

Quite often such a rehab will see 12-step programs as effectively a dilution of what they perceived to be a pure faith-based approach to addiction.

A Christian drug rehab programme is likely to appeal to someone who considers themselves to be a Christian in the context of how a born-again Christian would define themselves.

Such Christian drug rehab programs may or may not be effective depending on the rehab and their level of clinical staffing. In any event it is crucial important that a Christian drug rehab is able to offer a medical detox and be able to supervise such a detox safely from a clinical point of view if it is required by the individual.



What are Addiction Treatment Programs?

Addiction treatment programs tend to refer to the various types of what are effectively therapeutic programs that a rehab or a treatment center will use as their basis for helping an individual recover from alcoholism and other types of substance abuse addiction or various types of behavioural addiction.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of rehabs, all of whom will in some sense claim that they have the most effective addiction treatment programs available as a way of helping individuals recover from addiction. It is worth being very wary of any rehab treatment center which claims a high success rate, simply because it is virtually impossible to know whether any of the claims are accurate or not.

The recovery process from alcoholism and other types of addiction is a very complex one, and there are many factors that can affect an individual’s ability to get well, in the context of a recovery program.

The majority of rehabs that base their addiction treatment programs on the twelve step model of Alcoholics Anonymous will often put a heavy emphasis on what is effectively step one of this process, trying to get to the individual to acknowledge that they have a problem with alcohol or other drugs or substances.

It is a bit of a cliché but true nonetheless that a big part of the problem facing any alcoholic is acknowledging that they have a problem with alcohol and acknowledging the need to do something about it.

Addiction Treatment Programs – Treatment Centers

A rehab or treatment center will need to assess whether an individual needs a medical detox or not, and once that has been completed, if needed, then the majority of work done in the rehab will be of a therapeutic nature.

It is important for any rehab or treatment center that claims to offer effective addiction treatment programs to understand the nature of alcoholism, and how the denial of the fact that an individual has a problem is effectively a defence mechanism.

A number of rehabs and treatment centres will employ as part of their staffing arrangements a number of members of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous in various clinical positions such as nurses, therapists, councillors or various alternative practitioners.

If a rehab does not have any members of AA on staff, then it is likely to have a number of volunteer members of AA and NA who will come into the rehab on a regular basis to offer support and encouragement to impatient clients who are undergoing the addiction treatment programs offered by the rehab.




What is Addiction Recovery?

Addiction recovery is a term that normally refers to the type of addiction treatment programs offered in a rehab a treatment center that are designed to help people who are either alcoholics or have an addiction to various types of drugs or other substances.

Addiction recovery can also refer to people who use 12-step organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as a way of dealing with that alcoholism or drug addiction, whether they have been through a rehab or not.

There are other approaches to addiction recovery as well, often involving a wide range of different therapeutic and holistic approaches to helping the individual deal with the nature of that alcoholism or other addiction.

Addiction recovery in a rehab will be based around a number of addiction treatment programs that are likely to be rooted in and derived from the 12-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. The most commonly understood of these principles is the need for the individual to acknowledge that they have a problem, prior to be a able to acknowledge the need for help and begin the process of recovery.

Whilst this is true, many people entering a rehab will have a scant understanding of the fact that they have a problem with alcohol or other substances. What they may well be aware of is that their life has become an awful mess, both internally and externally.

Addiction Recovery – Rehab

It is probably fair to say that anyone beginning the process of addiction recovery whether in rehab or in Alcoholics Anonymous will at some level believe that alcohol is essentially the thing that is holding them together.

Some alcoholics will want to stop drinking but be unable to do so, other alcoholics will be so ingrained with this belief that alcohol is their only survival mechanism that they will be unable to emotionally countenance the idea of living without it.

Anyone entering a rehab for alcoholism will in some level have one or both of these beliefs.

The clinical staff and therapeutic staff in a rehab responsible for addiction recovery programs and addiction treatment programs need to be fully aware and understand this mindset in order to allow the alcoholic the freedom they need to begin the process of unblocking this sense of needing to protect themselves.

Any type of addiction recovery from alcoholism is likely to be a lifelong process, and the therapeutic work done in a rehab should mainly focus on the beginning of that process, helping the alcoholic to understand at some level the basis of their illness, and helping to lay the groundwork and foundations both in rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous to help the individual recover and get better.



What is the best Alcohol Treatment ?

Any individual who has a problem with alcohol or is an alcoholic who is seeking treatment for an alcohol addiction or alcoholism, is faced with a number of different options, and they can often be a degree of confusion as to which is the best approach to take.

Historically the most effective form of alcohol treatment, in fact in many ways the only treatment for alcoholism has been the 12 step Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Over time treatment centers and rehabs have grown hugely, and have in many ways become an alternative short-term option to people going directly to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Any individual who has acknowledged that they have a problem with alcohol and needs help, has these two main options to consider.

Many will prefer the idea of a rehab largely because it is normally a secluded environment that can avoid the necessity of directly approaching Alcoholics Anonymous. A rehab is often thought of much more in terms of a clinical facility such as a hospital, where people go to get help for alcoholism and other types of addiction.

The majority of rehabs and treatment centers are highly supportive of Alcoholics Anonymous and encourage individuals who are resident in a rehab to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous both both whilst in rehab, and as a means of after-care and support once they have left.

It is also very likely that the rehab will have based its addiction treatment programs and therapeutic approach to helping the alcoholic on the principles contained in the 12 step programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Alcohol Treatment – Alcoholics Anonymous.

An individual can also go directly to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous without any necessity of going to a rehab at all. This has a number of advantages, not least in terms of cost as meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous are free, although there is normally a collection at meetings to cover the cost of rent, tea and coffee et cetera. Any contribution is completely voluntaryand anonymous and normally beneath one dollar per meeting.

When people look for the best alcohol treatment or the most effective alcohol treatment, they tend to want statistics as to which approach of the two mentioned above or any other is the most effective.

The reality is that there are no meaningful statistics that can prove which is the most effective, in large part because so much of the process of recovery from alcoholism is dependent upon the individual and their attitude to their own illness as opposed to any particular type of recovery process or recovery method.



What is addiction treatment?

Addiction treatment normally refers to the variety of addiction treatment programs that are available and used in a rehab or a treatment center to help individuals who are alcoholics or maybe addicted to drugs or other substances.

Over time the term addiction treatment has also been used and has come to be viewed as a way of helping people with different types of addiction that are deemed to be unhealthy.

This can include addictions to things such as gambling, food and other people, often referred to as co-dependency.

A rehab or treatment center will have as its primary focus people who are alcoholics and or drug addicts. The broad range of other addictions that a rehab offers addiction treatment programs for can easily be brought under this umbrella, largely because the rehab group all addictions together.

The approach that a majority of the rehabs tend to take is that the problem is the individual themselves, and that the substance or behaviour that they are addicted to is referred to as a drug of choice. The individual will normally be referred to as having an addictive personality, with the drug of choice being the solution to that addictive personality.

It is important to note that this approach of grouping all addictions together and classifying the individual as an addictive personality is a hotly disputed one, but it is important to realise that this is the approach that the majority of rehabs take.

One such reason for this is it it allows the rehab to treat virtually any addictive type of behaviour by focusing on the individual as being the problem rather than their behaviour.

Addiction Treatment – Alcoholics Anonymous

Most rehabs and treatment centres grew out of hospitals that had become increasingly focused on dealing with alcoholics and encouraging them to attend meetings and participate in the 12 step fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

We have realised that they could treat people who are both alcoholics and drug addicts, and as such extended the range of their addiction treatment programs to virtually anyone who had any type of addictive behaviour.

Having said that, the addiction treatment programs that the majority of rehabs offer are rooted in the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, and offer a number of sound beliefs and tools to help the individual gets over and stay sober.

Perhaps most important part of any addiction treatment program is to introduce the individual to the twelve step process, and introduce the individual to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as a way of long-term support and guidance.




What is an alcohol addiction?

To many people an alcohol addiction is fairly obvious in terms of its practicalities and the impact or effect that such an addiction has on the people close by to the person who is addicted. An alcohol addiction is normally referred to as alcoholism, but there is possibly a distinction between someone who is heavily addicted to alcohol and can stop drinking on their own, and an alcoholic who is completely unable to stop.

Alcohol addiction normally refers to alcoholism, and the distinction between an alcoholic and a heavy drinker can be a subtle and sometimes and irrelevant one for other people. For the individual concerned it is an important distinction, largely because alcohol addiction in an alcoholic sense is a different process to someone who stopped drinking, gets addicted and finds it difficult to stop.

Alcohol addiction in terms of alcoholism can be dealt with in a number of ways, the most common being attendance at and involvement in the 12th at Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is normally the most effective way of helping an individual who has an alcohol addiction, but there are other ways available if AA doesn’t work for that person.

Alcohol Addiction – Alcoholism as an Illness

The growth of Alcoholics Anonymous as a 12-step fellowship grew with the belief and experience that alcoholism is an illness, and that the most effective treatment was the 12 step program used as the basis for recovery within that fellowship . Rehabs and treatment centers began to pick up on the therapeutic principles that are part of the process of the AA recovery program, and started to use these principles in their own businesses.

Many people with an alcohol addiction will consider going into a rehab as the primary focus for the area that they can get helping in terms of helping them to stop drinking. Going into rehab is certainly one option, as is going directly to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous is another option.

Anyone who has a serious alcohol addiction that they believe to be alcoholic or similar, can seek out a wide variety of options of help that may be available to help them stop. Depending on the level and intensity of their drinking, and whether they are dual diagnosed, meaning they have been using other drugs or substances as well, a medical detox may well be needed.

If entering a rehab for an alcohol addiction it is important to check that the rehab or treatment center has adequate facilities and medical personnel to establish and oversee and perform a medical detox if needed.



Rehab Programs

A rehab has traditionally focused on recovery from alcoholism/alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Although alcoholism/alcohol abuse has been around for a long time in human history, it is only fairly recently, in the 1930s, that there has begun to be an acceptance of alcoholism/alcohol abuse as an illness.

When rehabs began to treat people for the illness of alcoholism/alcohol abuse it became obvious that many people were in effect dual addicted. This in effect means that not only were people suffering from alcoholism/alcohol abuse but they were also using prohibited or illegal drugs as well.

It thus became a feature of rehabs that they would treat people who were suffering from either or both of these conditions. In rehab terms, this became known as a dual diagnosis. In many respects this remains the main focus of programs that rehabs offer.

The type of program will be a mix of various therapeutic techniques, quite probably including an adaptation of various 12 step programs, individual or group therapy, various life skills and other approaches to getting and staying sober.

Rehabs have evolved this approach over time and from the idea of treating people who have a dual diagnosis, a whole range of programs are available for different approaches to people who are affected by either of these conditions.

Rehab Addiction Treatment Programs

This means that a rehab/treatment center is quite likely to advertise its programs as been focused to certain different groups of people. These are likely to include an approach to young adults, and at the other end of the spectrum people who would be classified as executives in business or commerce.

A rehab/treatment center may sell itself as being a luxury rehab, often meaning that it doesn’t impose the restrictions on people in terms of a structure that many rehabs do.

Many rehabs now offer programs aimed at people with eating disorders, people who are addicted to prescription drugs, as well as rehabs that are specifically either for men or for women only.

A rehab/treatment center may quite often be focused on people in various professions or trades, such as the military or the clergy.

Part of the attraction of this type of program is the added anonymity that it gives to people in those professions who may have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs and need a space away from their colleagues in order to get sober.

A rehab/treatment center, whilst mainly focused on people who need to get sober or clean, will often also offer a program to people who have been in recovery for a while.

This is aimed at people who have been sober for a period of time but feel they need an intensive period of work in the environment of a rehab/treatment center to focus on issues that for whatever reason they have not yet dealt with.

A rehab/treatment center may also focus on a number of emotional/mental health issues that they feel they can help with, such as helping people deal with depression, anxiety management, anger management or codependency issues.

In addition to the professions already mentioned, a rehab will also offer a safe environment for people in professions who need to be trusted and where the admission of a problem with alcohol or drugs would effectively end their career.

This applies primarily to people such as healthcare professionals, public safety officers, aviation professionals, law enforcement officers as well as any government or local area politicians or well known public figures.

A rehab/treatment center will offer a program of recovery that is essentially based on the spiritual approach to recovery found in programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous.

Many rehabs will talk about term spirituality in different words and may approach it in different ways.

Some will use the word quite guardedly so as not to alienate people who are atheists or agnostics or simply have a problem with the word God. Other rehabs/treatment centers will be much more specific that this is their approach.

Some rehabs will specifically focus on what they perceive as a Christian or other type of religious model, and effectively advertise themselves as a Christian alcohol and drug rehab or a Jewish alcohol and drug rehab or treatment center.

In all these cases, a rehab/treatment center should say that they will offer each individual a personally prescribed program plan based on their specific circumstances.

They will use the circumstances of the person, be they their religious affiliation or their profession or their gender as a lead in, if you like a selling point for their treatment center.

That may to some extent put people off, but bear in mind that a rehab/treatment center is essentially a business and they are attracting customers.


Rehab Facilities

Many people view a rehab/treatment center as somewhat of a glorified hotel or five-star resort. This is in part because a rehab/treatment center will most likely be situated in beautiful surroundings, quite often in Florida, with extensive grounds and impressive buildings.

A rehab is first and foremost a business, and at some level needs to have pleasant and functional surroundings. A rehab/treatment center should also have a huge range of facilities, both in terms of different levels of staffing but also in terms of different therapies and activities that are available to people.

It is important to qualify that by saying that a rehab will have a number of very strict rules about people’s admission and behaviour whilst in the rehab.

These can sometimes seem quite oppressive and are designed to create an environment where people’s sole focus is their alcoholism/drug addiction and what they can do to recover from it.

A rehab/treatment center will have or should have a significant number of fully qualified staff. This should include medically trained staff such as doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, councillors, nutritionists, possibly a chiropractor or physiotherapist.

In addition a rehab/treatment center is likely to offer a number of different types of therapies such as yoga/art therapy/mindfulness techniques/Chi Kung etc. The rehab should ensure that the people offering these therapies are fully qualified and have adequate insurance if they are not employed directly by the rehab itself.

Accommodation is likely to be in dual rooms. Most rehabs like people to share a room, although some will offer single rooms as well.

A rehab/treatment center will offer a number of specific programs aimed at the recovery process for people with alcoholism/drug addiction. These programs will include a very detailed timetable, on a daily basis, designed to keep the person both occupied and aware of their illness and treatment.

There’s likely to be a large input of group therapy, either literally as group therapy or simply as group talk.

In addition a rehab/treatment center is most likely to be very proactive in encouraging membership and attendance at 12 step meetings, such as AA/NA/GA/OA etc.

A rehab/treatment center has no formal link whatever with any of these fellowships, but will quite often make use of their literature, and will quite often make it a condition of being in rehab that people attend a certain number of these meetings every week.

AA meetings may be in the local area, or they may even be held on site as well.
There are some rehabs/treatment centers that are not keen on the 12 step model and focus on other aspects of recovery instead.

These are normally referred to as life skills, and may include things such as CBT and other types of problem/solution-based orientation therapy. The website of any treatment center or rehab should make it clear which of these approaches it favours.

It is fair to say that the vast majority of rehabs are pro fellowships such as AA and encourage active membership both during and after time in rehab.

Is a Rehab Expensive?

In short yes, very.

Most rehabs are geared towards being paid by people’s health insurance, rather than private pay and can be comparable in cost to hospital admissions.

A rehab/treatment center is primarily a business, and that should always be remembered in dealing with them, something that is easy to forget because of the therapeutic nature of the work that goes on there. A rehab/treatment center will expect you to stay for a fixed number of weeks, possibly months.

The length of your stay will be decided at the time of admission, and you will be expected to fulfil that. If you choose to leave early, the rehab will probably still book you or your insurance company for the full length of your stay. The cost of your stay in a rehab/treatment center will be made up of different components.

This can include a residential charge, a detox charge, charges for various therapeutic activities etc etc. When applying for admission to a rehab/treatment center check that you are covered by your own insurance or that of your partner if appropriate.

Make sure your insurance company talks to the rehab and that all charges the rehab is likely to levy upon you are covered by your insurance company. If you are expected to co-pay part of it, make sure that is specified and the amount agreed upon.

If you do not have medical insurance, or for any other reason not covered by a type of insurance it is still worth contacting the rehab directly prior to admission. They will have a negotiable scale of charges and may be able to agree a cost with you that is satisfactory.

In addition they might be able to offer some type of financial help by way of referral to a non-profit.