The addiction treatment process has historically relied on some level of spirituality and faith. The entire idea of “admitting powerlessness” in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is rooted in the belief that we have to give up our lives and futures to God. Data from Pew Research Center indicates that of the roughly 245 million adults in the United States, 56 million are without religious affiliation. At the same time, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that more than 21 million Americans suffer from substance use disorder (SUD). There’s bound to be some overlap in these two populations.
The reality is that many addicts do, in fact, draw the strength and inspiration they need from their faith to successfully recover from drugs and alcohol. Other addicts, however, don’t have that type of belief system, and must rely on non-faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs to help them in their recovery.
Non-faith-based drug and alcohol rehab programs are programs for addicts who wish to go the more secular route toward recovery. There are more and more programs out there that rely on alternative means of support, empowerment, and inspiration to traditional faith-based recovery programs. Today, there are more and more programs that rely on different sources of empowerment to help addicts launch and sustain their recovery.
Some of the more common non-faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs include:
Recovering addicts very often find themselves searching for non-faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs after finding limited success in traditional divinity-focused programs. They find the judgment, the lack of tangibility and rigid structure don’t work for their long-term care needs.
Secular programs are also ideal for patients who:
Data from Pew Research Center indicates that only 50 percent of millennials believe in God with absolute certainty. As a larger percentage of this population comes to need addiction care, it’s clear that access to more secular treatment will be needed to help them achieve success in treatment and lasting recovery.
Each one of the aforementioned programs will have a directory of treatment resources to help you or your loved one get started in recovery. SAMHSA also has a comprehensive database of treatment programs to choose from. It’s entirely possible that faith-based addiction treatment may not be right for you or the addict in your life, and you’re not alone. Powerlessness is not a prerequisite for treatment. If you were really that powerless, you never would have started looking for treatment in the first place. Get the help you need now for your drug and alcohol addiction and start fighting back today. There are multiple non-faith-based alcohol and drug rehab programs to choose from.
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