A drug or alcohol addiction affects every area of a person’s life. In addition to career and relationship issues, a substance abuse problem can raise some very uncomfortable questions about identity, and the meaning and purpose of life. Faith-based recovery options attempt to present a religious – usually Christian – perspective on addiction and treatment, offering dynamics and direction that are distinct from secular programs.
For individuals who rely on the support of a religious tradition, or who are searching for a spiritual foundation for recovery, faith-based recovery programs provide an environment that nourishes this aspect of treatment. Unlike secular recovery programs, which may de-emphasize the role of spirituality in order to appeal to a wider range of clients, faith-based programs are openly structured around the values, traditions, and teachings of a specific religion. Clients can discuss issues of faith and addiction with therapists and peers in a safe, supportive environment that validates their beliefs.