Churches have always had missions that think and act globally. Usually, they address poverty concerns (e.g., food, clean water, clothing, medicines and medical supplies, etc.) along with encouraging conversion to Christianity. Now some churches have begun to address addictions too. They are building drug treatment centers at home and abroad as an extension of the Christian work they already do. If you have tried other drug rehab programs with mixed results, maybe it is time to try a faith-based drug treatment center. Here is why it may work better for you.

Medical Science Cannot Treat the Soul

Most secular drug treatment centers can treat the physical, mental and emotional causes and issues of drug addiction, but they cannot treat the soul. Faith-based centers recognize that people have an intangible part of their beings that needs treatment along with the rest of the body and mind. Based upon that fact, these centers offer prayer as a guiding force and strength-building step in their programs. You may find that when your soul is treated along with the rest of your person, you have enough faith and willpower to refuse temptation, and you can honestly accept responsibility for your choices and actions.

Prayer Helps Many Get Past the Rough Parts

People who have faith in God or gods often turn to prayer when things get rough. You may feel an emotional release during prayer as a result. You may also feel as though you are giving some great trouble up to a higher power to resolve for you, and by praying through it, you can get past it. The act of prayer builds your faith, and when you build your faith, you feel stronger and more confident in the idea that "this [hardship, temptation] too shall pass."

Reaching out After You Leave the Center

While traditional drug treatment centers often have sponsors that outpatients can turn to for added support, faith-based centers provide you with more than just one person to talk to. You have God to pray to, you have a sponsor and you have several church members who would be willing to meet, talk and pray with you when you encounter a really difficult and tempting moment. Many of these people are also willing to pray with you right over the phone, which may prove to be very encouraging and emotionally supporting. Since churches, church leaders and church members are everywhere, you have a vast support network who can provide you with more than just humanitarian services. Contact an organization, such as the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, for more information.