Christian Alcohol RehabIt is estimated that 1 out of 6 people living in the US have a drinking problem and alcohol abuse is on the rise. Many Christians are ashamed of their alcohol abuse and try to hide it, causing them to feel more alone and isolated. Clearly, there are many facing the same pain and many who are also seeking treatment for their alcoholism. Alcoholism is characterized by a person no longer having a choice or regulation over their consumption. They promise themselves and God that they will not drink only to end up in the grips of a drink again. The compulsive use of alcohol despite it’s negative impact one one’s health and spiritual condition indicates a problem with alcohol. Alcohol becomes more powerful than the self-knowledge and desire to stop drinking and begins to control one’s own life and their relationships with others and with God. The pain and shame of this condition prevents many from seeking treatment when in reality Christian alcohol rehab is the pathway back to health and to right relationship with God. Problem drinking can impact every facet of a person’s life both short-term and long-term.
Short-Term Effects of AlcoholAlcohol immediately affects the brain, at first causing euphoria such as feelings of confidence, love and connection and then causing mental impairment including delayed reaction, clumsiness and memory loss. When a person continues to drink in excess they can experience extreme confusion, loss of consciousness and memory loss (known as blacking out), slowed respiration and circulation. These effects put a person at risk of having accidents, saying or doing regretful things during a blackout or becoming victims of violent or sexual crimes.
Long-Term Effects of AlcoholOver time, an alcoholic has to consume more alcohol to achieve the same effects and long term heavy drinking can result in several types of cancer such as cancer of the mouth, liver, breast, bowel and esophagus. Heavy drinking can also lead to dementia, liver disease, emotional instability, malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, heart disease, brain damage and death. At our Christian alcoholism treatment center, clients who are struggling with alcoholism are treated with the care and love of God in a safe, private environment. Our ocean side Christian alcohol rehab provides a sanctuary where clients can focus on their recovery and relationship with themselves, others and God. After detoxification (if indicated) clients have an assessment and are the assigned an individual therapist and transition into our daily schedule. Each day consist of a full schedule of treatment activities including, but not limited, to individual therapy, specialty groups and workshops, 12 step meetings, Celebrate Recovery® Meetings and leisure activities such as yoga and recreational outings. Our Christian alcohol rehab is tailored to individual clients who receive complementary therapies for their specific underlying issues. The core of our program is based on abstinence and using God’s strength and the power of scripture to overcome the compulsion to drink.
Paul Alexander is the founder of LINKS Christian Drug Rehab Program, the Christian tract of Northbound Treatment. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. Paul received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. He believes wholeheartedly in Christian programming that incorporates evidence-based treatment with spiritual teachings as the cornerstone in program structure.