If you or a loved one are considering an addiction treatment program, you may be wondering if a Christian recovery center will admit secular addicts. The simple answer is “yes.” Most Christian recovery centers will admit non-Christian patients. Whether you are agnostic, atheist, Jewish, Muslim, or unsure of what you believe, you will not be turned away.
Jesus often reached out to broken people who were not Jews like Himself. In John chapter 4, Jesus brought hope to a Samaritan woman at a well. In those days, Samaritans and Jews were at odds. Jesus is our example. He crossed cultural and religious lines to bring hope and healing to people. You will be welcome in a Christian program even if you yourself are not of the same faith. Hearing this may leave you with some questions, however.
Will I Have to Become a Christian While I’m at the Center?
Forcing a person to become a Christian is unhelpful. While our staff and clinicians are Christians, they will not force you to participate in any faith-based exercises you are uncomfortable with. We want to focus on your healing. If you decide to follow Christian beliefs, you can, but it’s up to you.
You may find that many of the biblical principles applied in our treatment methods are appealing to you even from a secular perspective. For example, the Bible often discusses anxiety. Philippians 4:6 explains that one way to manage anxiety is to present requests to God with thanksgiving. Expressing gratitude, even in a non-faith based manner, has been studied in secular psychology and is linked to increased mental health benefits.
Do Christian Recovery Programs Incorporate Secular Practices?
People often wonder if Christian recovery programs use treatment practices utilized by non-Christian clinicians. If it’s not found in the Bible, is it discarded? There are a plethora of valid and proven treatment methods to be found in secular psychology that we practice in our programs. These include addiction education, detoxification management, coping skills and more. In addition to these methods, we incorporate biblical principles that create an additional level of support for our patients.
Many Christian treatment centers have a secular track and a faith-based track. With the secular track, you can experience the program without the faith-based elements. Even if you are not a Christian, you are still able to choose the faith-based track to see what it can offer you.
Can a Christian Recovery Program Help a Secular Addict?
If you are committed to your recovery, a Christian program can help you even if you do not prescribe to its beliefs. One important aspect of recovery is having a caring support system. A Christian treatment program offers this. You will be surrounded by individuals who will encourage you, give you counseling and advice, and hold you accountable when you need it.
To see if a Christian program can help you, take a look at the main differences between a Christian program and a secular program:
A Christian program will:
- Believe that God is the One who is in control of our destiny, and we can do nothing apart from Him.
- Believe that the strength to overcome addiction lies in surrendering our will to God’s will.
- Emphasize building strong connections with people of the same faith.
A secular program will:
- Believe we are in control of our own destinies.
- Believe the strength to overcome addiction lies within a person.
- Emphasize building strong and supportive social connections.
The way to succeed in both types of programs is to have a willingness to fully commit to recovery and to surround yourself with supportive people. If you are ready to do these two things, a Christian program can help you.
Many people who come to a Christian program may be struggling in their beliefs. If that’s you, that’s okay. If you’re looking to reconnect with God and seek His help on your journey to recovery, a Christian recovery program is a great place for you to be. If you are a non-Christian and you’ve heard success stories from Christian programs, you can still be admitted to the treatment center. What’s most important is that you are ready to commit to the hard work it will take to be successful in your journey. If you’re ready to get started, our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Give us a call at 833-762-3739.