The recent COVID-19 pandemic has significantly exacerbated the substance use epidemic across the United States. According to statistics, more than 100,000 people died as a result of drug-related causes in 2022.
Many people who have never experienced or witnessed substance abuse disorder (SUD) may be under the impression that it is easy to overcome. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Read on to find out why and discover a more effective healing strategy for your loved ones.
This phrase is used to describe attempts to quit substance abuse solely through one’s willpower. People with SUD may try to “white-knuckle” themselves by refusing to consume addictive substances.
While some may succeed, this approach is not always successful, especially if the underlying reasons for the substance abuse disorder haven’t been addressed. For instance, research shows that mental health disorders can contribute to or even cause SUDs.
While white-knuckle sobriety may seem like the fastest and most cost-effective way to overcome substance addiction, it is essential to keep in mind the risks associated with this approach.
To begin with, depending on the severity of one’s addiction, one could experience withdrawal that is harmful or even fatal. For instance, research warns us that alcohol withdrawal may cause a condition called delirium tremens. The mortality rate for patients with this condition is 1–5%.
Another risk associated with white-knuckle sobriety is that individuals with a substance abuse disorder may develop other addictions in their attempts to find a replacement coping strategy.
Thankfully, more effective and healthy ways to overcome addiction exist, and faith-based treatment is one of them. It involves a Christian rehab program that supports individuals on their path to recovery with meaningful spiritual practice and unyielding community support.
Christian addiction treatment involves patience and self-forgiveness—the two components that a white-knuckle sobriety approach lacks. Those who rely on their willpower alone may lose faith and give up. One day, they may wonder, “Why haven’t I succeeded in quitting?” Just as Peter succumbed to fear while walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33, individuals with a SUD may start to doubt their ability to quit.
On the other hand, faith-based counseling teaches individuals that God and the Christian community are always there to reach out and catch them should they fall. As the faith of individuals with SUD grows stronger, their gradual withdrawal from substances will progress toward healing and eventual recovery.
At Christian Drug Rehab, our goal is to support individuals with SUD. Understanding that treatment may be expensive, we have contracts with several PPO insurance providers to help pay for treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our core values and how we can help.