Non-Faith Based Drug Rehab is an Option at Willow Springs
You didn’t set out to be a drug addict, but now it seems there’s no way out. Maybe you started with a legitimate prescription for a physical injury or paralyzing depression, but then you got so hooked that heroin seemed a reasonable option. Or you tried a recreational drug at a party, but now it’s turned into a soul-crushing habit. Street drugs and doctor-prescribed medications can be equally addictive. However, you might have already tried the 12 step or religious approach to recovery, and it didn’t seem to take. What you might need is a non-faith based drug rehab.
You aren’t to blame. Some people are genetically predisposed to drug dependency or have a co-occurring disorder such as mental illness that puts them at greater risk. Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to addiction.
Some people overcome their addiction with the help of their religious faith or a religion-based treatment plan, such as Narcotics Anonymous. That’s great when it works, but not everyone succeeds on that path. For some, the best way to recover is through a treatment plan designed around them and their needs at a non-faith based drug rehab.
Why Does Faith-Based Rehab Sometimes Fail?
For some people, religion-oriented rehab is a hindrance rather than an aid to recovery. Whether you consider yourself religious or not, relying on prayer or the 12-steps to fight addiction might feel difficult.
Specific reasons include:
- Accepting responsibility: You must decide to recover. No matter how you got hooked, no one else can do it for you.
- No organized religion: Even though you believe in God, you don’t follow any particular faith, and find no comfort in formal churches and their rituals.
- Negative associations: Maybe your childhood experience with religion involved excessive discipline, fire-and-brimstone-filled sermons, or actual abuse by family members or clergy disguised as religious practice. Such trauma may have led to drug abuse in the first place.
- Not relevant: If your addiction was caused by genetics or mental illness, maybe science-based treatment sounds more appropriate and likely to succeed.
- Already tried it: If this isn’t your first rehab attempt, and the faith-based approach didn’t work before, maybe it’s time to try something else.
Some non-religious addicts, even atheists, believe they can still benefit from faith-based recovery. But non-faith based rehab is also available, sometimes at the same treatment center.
What Is Non-Faith Based Drug Rehab?
Non-faith based drug rehab is any treatment that isn’t predicated on a belief in God. It may be spiritual in a general way and include meditation and mindfulness, even movement exercises such as yoga and tai chi, but does not recognize or appeal to some higher or greater power to heal you.
Of course, not every aspect of faith-based rehab is strictly religious in nature, either. Both approaches include detox under a doctor’s supervision, medical care available as needed around the clock, plus balanced nutrition, physical activities, support groups – including some 12-step programs that aren’t faith-based – and even spiritual meditation.
Non-Faith Based Treatments
Two common treatments utilized in non-faith based drug rehab are:
- Opioid replacements and antagonists: Certain drugs can be useful in managing withdrawal – such as buprenorphine, a weaker opioid that prevents or lessens the pain of coming off a drug – or for the emergency countering of overdoses, including naloxone, naltrexone, and nalmefene.
- Psychological therapies: You need to learn how to cope with life’s stresses without drugs. Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral, psychodrama, contingency management, and community reinforcement can help recovering addicts, and are all offered at Willow Springs.
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What Happens after Non-Faith Based Drug Rehab?
Recovery doesn’t end with rehab; it’s an ongoing process that can last for a long time. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your rehab center offers aftercare. You need to continue psychotherapy – personal and group – along with medical follow-up appointments to make sure that substance abuse hasn’t caused some lasting harm, and probably some form of post-rehab support group.
Secular Support Groups
Here are some nonprofit, non-12 step, and secular groups:
- SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) uses evidence-based behavioral therapies.
- SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety, or sometimes Save Our Selves) is a network of autonomous, rational addiction recovery support groups.
- LifeRing Secular Recovery is a peer-run addiction recovery group, formerly part of SOS, with face-to-face and online meetings, even e-mail.
Why Should You Choose Willow Springs?
Whether you want faith-based or non-faith based drug rehab, you’re welcome and might feel at home at Willow Springs. The 38-acre treatment center is equipped for every stage of your recovery, from detox and withdrawal under medical supervision to psychotherapy, to healthy and delicious meals, to aftercare. The grounds include common and private rooms, gathering spaces and places for private contemplation, hiking grounds, and a swimming pool, plus a full gymnasium.
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