Secular or Christian?
Most drug treatment centers follow certain addiction treatment guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). We list the most commonly recommended treatment therapies below. But how do you know if a treatment center is in line with Christian principles, or not?
The key factor in evaluating whether a drug treatment center is in line with Christian values is the presence or absence of 12 step teaching. Most treatment centers in the U.S. are oriented toward the 12 steps, but call and ask before you seek help. You need to do a little research into treatment program philosophy, as well.
Following is a list of possible treatment options that the APA suggests as interventions for drug abuse and practices that psychiatrists, medical doctors, addiction counselors and other addiction professionals should consider. As you evaluate treatment programs for alignment with your beliefs, consider that a combination of both secular and spiritual practices can benefit you or a loved on in the treatment of drug addiction.
Pharmacologic treatment options at drug rehab centers
- Abstinence promotion (Ex. prescribing disulfiram, naltrexone, acamprosate, bupropion)
- Opioid antagonist therapy (Ex. prescribing naltrexone to block the euphoric effects of opioids)
- Opioid agonist therapy (Ex. prescribing medications such as methadone, buprenorphine over extended periods of time to maintain certain levels of opioids to manage opioid addiction)
- Relapse prevention (Ex. prescribing disulfiram, naltrexone, acamprosate, bupropion)
- Treat co- existings psychiatric conditions (Ex. prescribing antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers)
- Treat intoxication states (Ex. prescribing naloxone, flumenazil, anticonvulsants, anticholinergics, anti-arrhythmics, and/or adrenergic pressors)
- Treat withdrawal (Ex. prescribing methadone, buprenorphine, clonidine, benzodiazepines)
Psychosocial treatment options at drug rehab centers
- Behavioral therapies, including contingency management, community reinforcement, cue exposure and relaxation training, and aversion therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Family therapies
- Group therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy (MET)
- Psychodynamic and interpersonal therapies
- Self-help groups and 12-step-oriented approaches
- Self-guided therapies
Got questions about Christian drug and alcohol rehab?
Please email us your questions, or comment below.