Whether you go through a faith based rehab or self help rehab, the goal is the same: to find a reprieve from drug and alcohol addiction.
We are going to let you in on a little secret: the whole purpose of 12-Step based recovery, no matter how it is formatted, is to establish a working relationship with a Higher Power.
That is all there is to it—it has nothing to do with anything else.
It should not be much of a secret, though. If one suffers from an incurable and fatal malady, and then that malady goes into remission, then really there is no other explanation for that specific person to be relieved than via Divine Intervention.
There is a lot in this process that can be open to interpretation, though. Appendix II of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous essentially states that only a start and a willingness to grow in spiritual matters is necessary for this miracle to take hold.
As the old saying goes: “There are no atheists in fox holes.”
By the time we get to a faith based rehab or a self-help rehab program, we are pretty banged up. We have gone through some pretty miserable stuff and seen some pretty desperate things. That is usually enough to get our interest in recovery going.
It doesn’t take a religious background to enter into faith based or self help rehab
However, even those of us who have a religious background or who pride ourselves on our willpower have to be willing to admit that we do not have all the answers. If we did, then we would not be in the mess that we are.
The addict or alcoholic in either of these categories then suffers from a further ego blow. “ I’ve gone to church all my life, and I still can’t stop—what more can I do?” and “ I’ve built entire business empires—I can do anything, so why not this?” become common fall-backs that really have no basis in reality.
For those investigating faith-based recovery, it is not about putting in your weekly time in a church pew or reading x-number of pages of scripture a day; it is about continuously improving your spiritual relationship with God. Anything else is just going through the motions, and just going through the motions always leads to stagnation.
That is not to say that one’s connection to a church is not valuable—quite the opposite actually! However, like any relationship, if you are not working to improve it, then it will not be as effective in your daily life as it can be.
For those looking to do-it-themselves, it is not about what a person accomplishes in life. That is completely outside the scope of the matter. A person may have built fortunes and empires of business, but if he or she is bound to a wheelchair, the mere act of walking is taken for granted by the rest of the population. The same is true for being able to drink or smoke a little pot from time to time without going on an all-out bender.
In the end, faith based rehab and self help rehab are like any other rehab program, and that is to grow. In order to grow, however, we need to acknowledge that we must do something different from what we have been doing.