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How Do I Find Alcohol Programs that Aren’t Religion-Based?

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There are many reasons that people resist seeking professional addiction treatment even when they recognize that they do have a problem. One common reason is that many addicts are put off by the spiritual aspect that often accompanies treatment. For instance, the commonly used 12-Step Program involves a spiritual component in terms of accepting that there is a higher power. While this may be comforting to some recovering addicts, it can leave others feeling awkward.

Instead of assuming all treatment programs are similar, it’s a good idea to “shop around” for a treatment program that’s not based on a religious approach. While you may not have heard about them, they do exist. These are facilities that focus more on the scientific method, concentrating on psychology and various forms of traditional therapy. Even group sessions may veer away from discussions of spirituality. While it may take some research, there are many science-based treatment facilities across the country. You may have a few in your local area.

Faith-Based Treatment Programs Won’t Work with Everyone

While there are many faith-based addiction treatment programs, that shouldn’t be taken as proof that they always work. In fact, some people have very strong and very negative feelings about religious concepts. Some people may not be familiar with religion and may not believe in a higher power, while others may have been raised within a certain religion and, as a result, feel great animosity towards any concept of spirituality. In either case, these people may be closed to the concepts taught in a faith-based treatment program.

Compelling an addict to participate in a faith-based form of treatment can have disastrous effects for the addict. They may resist treatment altogether and end up quitting treatment prematurely. In some instances, the addict may try to stick with the therapy, but, because they don’t embrace spirituality, they won’t benefit from the therapy. In this case, it may just waste time for the addict and the possibility of relapse will become very high.

The Benefits of Non-Faith Based Rehab

Even some devoutly religious people have opted for a non-faith based addiction treatment program. This may be because they prefer to keep their spiritual beliefs separate from recovery, or they may have tried faith-based treatment and had unsuccessful results. When it comes to treating addiction, some people just have greater confidence in an approach that’s more science-based. For those who are not spiritually-minded, a scientific approach can help them feel more at ease with the treatment process.

When a recovering addict has confidence in a treatment approach, they’re far more likely to open themselves up to the different facets of recovery. Additionally, there are certain types of therapy, or some amenities, which may not be offered in a facility that adopts a faith-based approach. Since services vary among treatment centers, it’s often more beneficial to select a non-faith based facility that offers the services that appeal to you. Sometimes this means participating in a non-faith based program, regardless of your personal beliefs. This trade-off can be especially beneficial when it comes to learning better ways to cope with your addiction. In truth, prayer and belief isn’t always the answer for every addict.

How Do You Find a Non-Faith Based Treatment Center?

Out of the thousands of addiction treatment centers across the country, a great many of them offer a faith-based approach. This can make it challenging to find a treatment center that offers a strictly scientific approach. Finding one that appeals to you will require contacting individual facilities and asking about their treatment approaches. Those that offer cognitive behavioral therapy and similar types of counseling in place of the spiritual-based 12-step program may be your best option. Alternatively, you can browse the websites for each treatment center. Most treatment centers will maintain a website that describes their treatment options and highlights the types of therapy they offer.

This is also a good way to compare amenities and other services offered at each facility. There are plenty of resources online for finding treatment center directories, which will help you locate all of the treatment centers in your area. This may be the best way to compare the different facilities and gather contact information for each one. If you’re ready to explore your treatment options, contact our counselors at 866-300-6707. We can answer any questions you may have about our treatment approach, so you can decide to take the next step in your recovery. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.