The Role of Faith in Healing

“Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” –Matthew 9:22a

“An addict loses the capacity to make choices with regard to the behaviors of offense associated with their affliction. The addict is literally too sick to sin. Faith’s job is to get us well enough so we are capable of it once again.” 

-The Late Father Bill Hultberg

Since the beginning of time, faith communities of every variety have insisted that all types of brokenness be met with faith in order to obtain complete healing. Whether it be faith in God, faith in a power greater than one’s self, faith in certain principles, faith in the power of mind over matter, faith in positive thinking, or faith in love and care of others. 

This page is an exploration of those aspects of faith most helpful in the treatment of addiction in all its forms.  It is also a place to reflect on how faith communities could play a larger role in the healing process and the saving of lives.

Consider the following facts from the Journal of Religion and Health*:

Adults who do not consider religious beliefs important are:

  • One and half times more likely to smoke
  • Three times more likely to binge drink
  • Six times more likely to smoke pot
  • Nearly four times more likely to use an illicit drug other than marijuana

Adults who never attend religious services are:

  • Three times more likely to smoke
  • Five times more likely to use an illicit drug other than marijuana
  • Nearly seven times more likely to binge drink
  • Almost eight times more likely to smoke pot


* J Relig Health 2019; 58(5):1713-1750 

Research proves that faith makes a difference in addiction prevention and recovery

Although religious people still struggle with various addictions, these statistics illustrate the significant impact of faith in lowering the risks of addictive, self-destructive behavior. 

 If the church knew more and taught more on the subject, it could play an enormous role in prevention. Family programs that introduce addiction awareness to families, have been highly effective in reducing the incidence of addictive behavior. 

  • In the field of addiction treatment, nearly every successful approach to treatment encourages an element of faith and spirituality. Research  shows that those who incorporate spirituality into their recovery display lower levels of anxiety, higher stress tolerance, more optimism, and greater perceived levels of social support than others (Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery).  Focusing on spiritual matters brings relief in physical, mental, and emotional struggles for all kinds of human ailments, including addiction.
  • Fully acknowledging the positive role of religion and spirituality in helping people, is not merely historic trivia or wishful thinking. Evidence based research reveals that faith makes a difference! There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the power of a faith-based approach in preventing and treating substance abuse.
  • The particular mechanisms by which faith produces such potent results in treatment, recovery, and ongoing sobriety are continually being studied.  The benefits provided by faith and spirituality to empower an effective recovery are well-known and undeniable. Science and religion are not opposing forces in the world. However, by fully understanding both science and religion, and their respective intersections, we can better address the issues of addiction and recovery.

The Center of Addiction & Faith seeks to explore these intersections. Theology is complex and diverse. For faith communities to better understand and address addiction, they must better understand the underlying theology.

The Center of Addiction & Faith offers this place to consider, reflect, and think deeply about understanding the spiritual nature of addiction, and how it should be treated from a spiritual standpoint.

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Healing Through Faith: Exploring Faith-Based Addiction Recovery in the USA

In the journey towards overcoming addiction, finding solace and strength in faith can make a profound difference. At the Center of Addiction & Faith, we understand the power of combining spirituality with recovery. Our mission is to provide a supportive environment where individuals battling addiction can find hope, healing, and a renewed sense of purpose through faith-based recovery.

Faith-based recovery offers a profound sense of purpose, community, and spiritual renewal, which is crucial for those battling addiction. It provides a holistic approach, addressing the root causes of substance abuse while fostering hope and resilience. Through faith, individuals find the strength to overcome challenges, heal relationships, and embark on lasting recovery.

Faith-Based Recovery Groups in the USA

Across the USA, faith-based recovery groups are making a significant impact on the lives of individuals struggling with addiction. These groups offer a unique approach to recovery by integrating spiritual principles, community support, and evidence-based practices. Whether seeking guidance from a higher power, seeking fellowship with like-minded individuals, or simply craving a sense of belonging, faith-based recovery groups provide a safe space to share their struggles and triumphs.

Faith-Based Addiction Recovery Resources

The Center of Addiction & Faith offers a wealth of resources to support individuals on their journey toward recovery. From educational materials and counseling services to support groups and online resources, we strive to provide comprehensive support tailored to each individual’s needs. Our faith-based recovery approach emphasizes the importance of addressing the spiritual aspects of addiction alongside the physical and emotional components, empowering individuals to achieve lasting sobriety and spiritual growth.

Faith-Based Treatment of Substance Abuse

Our faith-based treatment programs are designed to address the root causes of substance abuse while nurturing the spiritual well-being of our clients. Through a combination of therapy, counseling, and spiritual practices, we help individuals break free from the cycle of addiction and rediscover their sense of purpose and meaning. Our holistic approach recognizes that true healing involves addressing the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

Faith-Based Addiction Treatment Resources

Access faith-based addiction treatment resources at The Center of Addiction & Faith. In addition to our treatment programs, we offer a variety of resources to support individuals in their recovery journey. From support groups and educational workshops to online forums and meditation sessions, we provide a supportive community where individuals can find encouragement, inspiration, and practical guidance. Our goal is to equip individuals with the tools they need to navigate The challenges of recovery and embrace a life of sobriety and spiritual fulfillment.

Faith-Based Online Recovery Meetings

In today’s digital age, online recovery meetings offer a convenient and accessible way for individuals to connect with others on the path to recovery. At the Center of Addiction & Faith, we offer faith-based online recovery meetings where individuals can share their experiences, offer support, and draw strength from their faith. These virtual gatherings provide community and camaraderie, helping individuals stay connected and committed to their recovery goals.

Faith-Based Recovery Community

Our faith-based recovery community is a source of strength, support, and inspiration for individuals seeking to overcome addiction. Through fellowship, prayer, and shared experiences, members of our community find encouragement and hope as they journey toward wholeness and healing. Whether you’re just beginning your recovery journey or have been sober for years, you’ll find a welcoming community of fellow travelers ready to walk alongside you every step of the way.

Faith and Addiction Recovery in the USA

Faith plays a central role in addiction recovery, offering individuals a source of hope, guidance, and strength. At the Center of Addiction & Faith, we believe that true healing involves addressing the spiritual dimensions of addiction and embracing a life of faith and sobriety. Our comprehensive approach to faith and addiction recovery in the USA empowers individuals to reclaim their lives, restore their relationships, and rediscover the joy of living in alignment with their deepest values and beliefs.

Join Us on the Path to Healing

Access faith-based resources on addiction with The Center of Addiction & Faith. Dedicated to providing compassionate care and unwavering support, we offer transformative resources for individuals seeking faith-based recovery in the USA. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, we invite you to join us on the journey toward healing, wholeness, and spiritual renewal. Together, we can overcome addiction and embrace a life of faith, sobriety, and purpose.