<<restoration, treatment>>

This is the action taken to restore to health and normal life, through training and therapy, those who have been imprisoned or addicted to harmful substances. Those who have been subject to these debilitating experiences require assistance to regain self-sufficiency and become useful citizens.

‘Rehab’ programmes address the behavioural issues through group therapy and individual counseling, together with training in life skills. In addition, in

Biblical truth is the key treatment tool

the case of substance addictions detoxification is necessary. Treatment is often a slow and complex process in order to get back, keep or improve the functioning abilities needed for daily life and may include physical, psychological and social components. Christian rehab recognizes any social dysfunction is primarily a spiritual problem, impacting the biological, social and emotional areas of a person’s life, because of a person’s desire to fill a void or the fear of facing a painful emotion. As only God can fully satisfy and is able to carry our heartache the spiritual element is the powerful key in the long-term recovery process and subsequent walk into wholeness of those who have been ensnared by destructive habits (Mt 11:28-30; Jn 16:33; 1 Pet 5:7).

When we accepted Christ's salvation we are set free from sin, yet the power of its former hold can be difficult to shake off (Jn 8:36; Rom 6:6-11, 7:7-25, 8:2). All of the world's ungodly vices are to be put off (which may

   Live free in Christ

necessitate deliverance from evil spirits) and replaced with new godly qualities and a transformed mind (Rom 12:1,2; 2 Cor 10:4,5; Eph 4:22-24). To walk in freedom in Christ requires our full effort, relying on the Holy Spirit's help and obedience to Him as we understand and live by our position in Christ.

Those who have experienced long-term physical illnesses may also require specialised rehabilitation to enable them to regain use of body parts or improve mobility.

See also: addiction, alcohol, counsel/counseling, deliverance, drugs, freedom, position in Christ, put off/put on, reform, restitution/restore, wholeness.


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