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Christian Substance Abuse

Date Added: March 09, 2010 06:22:50 AM
Category: Health And Medicine
Seventy-five years ago, a couple of hopeless drunks in Akron, Ohio - not a couple of respectable theologians at a seminary – began a fellowship that has led millions of chronic alcoholics and drug addicts to lives of freedom and serenity. While statistics demonstrate addiction rates within the walls of the church correspond to those in the general public, the reality of Christian substance abuse has come to the attention of people of faith. Leading Christian recovery expert, Dr. Dale Ryan comments, “I think that was a pretty good decision on God's part. If our problems were just bad theology, then maybe a couple of theologians would have been a better choice. But the problem, for most of us, is not just "in our heads." It is not just our convictions that are bent. In the Twelve Step tradition this emphasis is particularly clear. The Twelve Steps are not the Twelve Ideas or the Twelve Concepts. They are twelve suggested things to do. If we merely affirm as true all of the ideas found in the Twelve Steps, we are probably no closer to sobriety. Getting things right in our heads—from the neck up—is not what makes recovery possible.” The problem of substance abuse is comprised of much more than “proper thinking”, truth-based morals or better behavior. Alcohol and drug addiction is a complex, bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease and must be addressed accordingly in order to curb its destructive pattern. Spiritual in nature, substance abuse recovery must be constructed on a spiritual platform. The simple spiritual principles outlined in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous offer a pathway to spiritual healing. To this, Christian substance abuse programs offer a parallel curriculum that builds a foundation based on the 12 Steps as rooted in the scriptures. Effective Christian substance abuse programs provide a multidisciplinary approach to address the unique needs of each patient. Recovery from drug or alcohol abuse entails much more than physical, spiritual and emotional rehabilitation. Treatment for the abuse requires a comprehensive program that addresses every aspect of the human condition. Pacific Hills Treatment Centers, Inc. offers Christian substance abuse programs that serve individuals and their families who are in need of alcohol and drug abuse treatment. At Pacific Hills Treatment Centers, Inc. an accredited, professional treatment team awaits those seeking quality, compassionate care and direction. Intervention, detox, spiritual counseling and comprehensive treatment therapies are offered to stabilize the patient and establish for them a proven plan for recovery and relapse prevention. For further information, please call 1-800-662-2873 or visit the Pachills Website. For more information on Christian Substance Abuse visit Pacific Hills Treatment Centers
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