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Understanding "Addiction or Sin" in Christian Rehab

The Disease of Addiction

Many Christians believe that addiction is a sin and it can easily be stopped by spiritual practices such as praying more. While there is a spiritual component to addiction, addiction also has a physical component that classifies it as a disease. The medical model for addiction is used in most addiction treatment facilities. Christians who struggle with addiction have a disease of the flesh and must be treated both physically and spiritually.

The struggle that all Christian addicts have with alcohol and/or drug addiction is clearly outlined in the Life Recovery Bible:

  • Galatians 5:16 states, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”
The Disease of Addiction
By His Stripes We Are Healed

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

Addictive behaviors keep Christians in the bondage of substance abuse. Christian addiction counseling educates the addict about the constant spiritual battle that substance abuse perpetuates. It is only by this knowledge that Christians are capable of putting God first in their addiction treatment program.

Separating the Addict from the Drug Addiction

Addicts are not evil people. The addict’s behaviors are what most frustrate family, friends and significant others. They lie, cheat, steal, betray and cause chaos to such an extent that most people avoid interaction with them. Christian addicts use this avoidance as a reason to continue substance abuse instead of taking responsibility for how they have contributed to relationship, occupational and educational problems in their lives.

There is a way to love an addict without getting caught up in the chaos he or she is producing. Lakeview Health Systems’ Family Program helps loved ones begin to heal while an addict attends Christian drug rehab. It is important for the family to learn how to translate God’s love to the addict without enabling his or her addiction. God has set forth instructions about how to do this in His word.

Lakeview’s Family Program offers:

  • 3-day workshop
  • Family counseling on site
  • Addiction education
  • Mental health education
  • Meetings with doctors
  • Family group therapy

Godly Instruction

In the Life Recovery Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

God loves us unconditionally. He knows that we are going to make mistakes and that some of His children will fall into substance abuse. God wants to restore us and help us overcome and has placed people in our lives to give us insight on how to find Him again. Christian addiction counseling is based on these premises. It is important that the Christian addict come to a place of surrender and acceptance so that a Christian drug rehab program can be beneficial.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Lakeview Health Systems’ Christian drug rehab program is uniquely qualified to give Christians an opportunity to stop their substance abuse and reconnect with God. Call 888-616-0460 now to speak with one of our trained addiction specialists. Our confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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