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By On February 13th, 2012

Christian Psychiatry: Using Faith to Accelerate on the Road to Recovery

Sometimes you have to be honest with yourself and admit when it’s time to seek help. If you are battling drug addiction, depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions it is often a good idea to turn to professionals who can help put you on the road to recovery.

As a Christian, it’s important to understand that there is no shame in getting help you need. When you are suffering with eating disorders, behavioral health disorders or personality disorders, helpful doctors and counselors can truly be a gift from God.  In certain Christian circles, psychiatry may be viewed in a negative light. However, psychiatry when positively mixed with faith can accelerate the healing process.

Though ultimately it’s your decision whether you want to seek secular or faith-based treatment, if you decide to incorporate your faith into your treatment, it’s necessary to find doctors, psychiatrists and other counselors who are fully comfortable integrating your faith into your treatment program.

Christians can often experience life-changing results by openly incorporating their faith in their recovery. But in order to find an open environment, it’s important to be up front with your beliefs and ask if professionals are comfortable incorporating them into the recovery process.

The best option can often be finding a program that is specifically designed to incorporate your faith into your recovery process. That way you can work on strengthening your relationship with God while simultaneously treating any physical or mental conditions. In addition to Christian psychiatry, a Christian treatment program can offer you regular pastoral counseling and support groups. By interacting with other Christians who are suffering from similar conditions, you might find that you can gain the extra support you need to reach your goals.

Psychology and spirituality don’t have to work independently. You can integrate your faith into every step of the healing process. The road to recovery can be long and arduous. But many Christians find that just as a gas pedal can accelerate your car on the highway, so too can faith accelerate your recovery.

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