The Big Books of Alcoholics Anonymous, which is distributed globally and translated into hundreds of different languages, highlights the importance implementing spirituality into a successful recovery program.
“Remember that we deal with [drug of choice] – cunning, baffling, and powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power — that One is God. May you find Him now! Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon…” (Pg. 60)
Those who do recover turn their will over to the care of God and understand that no human power can restore them to sanity. Christianity outpatient programs fuse together the principles of AA unity with Judaism beliefs to create a miraculous recovery path.
Similar to Christian inpatient rehab
, Christian outpatient treatment programs carry their message forward to patients willing to listen, but in an abbreviated setting. Rather than living at a facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, outpatient Christian programs offer hour-long program sessions several days a week.
Generally the expectation is that a recovering addict or alcoholic will spend no less than 12 hours per week in outpatient sessions. Exact scheduling details vary across programs. It is recommended for people who cannot logistically or feasibly leave work, school, and/or other obligations to attend a full-time inpatient treatment center. Outpatient treatment offers addicts the ability to recover among other addicts on a less intense basis.
Why Trust Christian Rehab Over Traditional Rehab?
According to Betty Ford, one of the top christian drug treatment centers
in the world, recent studies prove the correlation between spirituality and successful recovery from drugs and alcohol. Its merits cannot be discredited.
In August of 2007, “Researchers collected longitudinal survey information from 123 outpatients — 81 males, 42 females — with alcohol-use disorders at drug treatment entry and then again six months later. Study participants were asked about 10 measures of Spirituality and/or religiousness (S/R), as well as their drinking habits. Results indicate that half of the S/R variables changed significantly from treatment entry to six months later, particularly on the Daily Spiritual Experiences, Purpose in Life, S/R practices, Forgiveness, and Positive Religious Coping scales. There were also statistically significant decreases in alcohol use.” This alone is startling and supports the notion that faith-based treatment programs are evermore successful at keeping clients’ demons out of sight and out of mind. Although research was conducted on substance abusers attending inpatient treatment, the results sustain their credibility for outpatient programs as well.
Job’s Story And Recovery Within Christian Faith
As long as spirituality is embraced at any level, the addict or alcoholic has a brighter future.
Many outpatient Christian programs look to Job for inspiration. Job is a character in Christian literature with a story of overcoming pain and suffering. According to, Christianity cites Job’s story in the New Testament: the Epistle of James: 11, which points to Job as an example of perseverance in suffering:
“Job’s declaration ‘I know that my Redeemer lives’ (Job 19:25) is considered by some Christians to represent a proto-Christian statement of belief, and is the basis of several Christian hymns This translation, however, implies prediction of Christianity. The literal translation of Epistle of James reads ‘I know that my vindicator lives,’ and uses the same legal language found throughout the rest of the Book of Job. Because this is the only place where Job is read to believe in a personal, bodily resurrection, this famous translation may be an example of Christians reading their own beliefs back into texts that do not necessarily share them.”
Thus, Job is considered a hero in Christian text to be emulated. Although he overcomes difficult challenges, he sustains a connection with his humility, his mortality, and God’s capacity to forgive human beings of their wrongs if they are willing to concede.
Nasir Sets An Inspiring Example
Furthermore, many Christian outpatient centers incorporate the story of Nasir into their readings and studies. Ruben P. Gutierrez, leader of Hope in Christ Ministries, summaries the story of Nariz:
“Just beginning his new life in the United States after moving from the Middle East, Nasir was robbed, beaten and left for dead. Yet, while hospitalized and in a coma, Jesus appeared to Nasir, explaining that he must be born again to live. Soon he awoke from the coma, and within days Nasir was, indeed, born again. Then he began an amazing journey of physical and spiritual healing.”
Addicts and alcoholics can relate to overcoming serious obstacles in order to feel fulfilled on many levels. Nasir’s journey illustrates the resilience innate in all human beings.
Faith-Based Treatment is Scientifically Proven to be Effective
Betty Ford further surmises, “the results of this study support the perspective of many clinicians and recovering individuals that changes in spirituality and religion occur in recovery and are important to sobriety. Study authors contend that these results suggest that spiritual change in specific dimensions – particularly daily spiritual activities and a sense of purpose in life – may be particularly important in early recovery.