The Specialty Of Christian Rehab For Women

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It is well known how a rehabilitation program is enhanced with a Christian-based approach. Every single step in a common rehab process is linked with the curative nature of spiritual strength. Jesus is the central focus as the embodied power of recognition, forgiveness and restoration.

However, there are stark gender differences that exist with rehabilitation efforts. These differences are derived from the fact that, typically, women have different lifestyle choices and demands than men. Women also have different motivations than men to begin substance abuse. And because the societal choices and demands and motivation for substance abuse differ, even though the actions of abuse are similar, the restorative rehabilitation has a different approach.

Men tend to become involved in substance abuse in response to external, social perspectives; problems with work, family or other situations. From a woman’s perspective, abuse is derived from internal forces battling for control. Although woman respond better externally to the stresses of work and family demands, internally, they combat themselves for feelings of underachievement.

This is especially concerning because although women are better with aspects of caring and support for one another than men demonstrate, when it comes to the invisible bond of female network solidarity in personal behavior, when it comes to needed support with substance abuse, that support network is not invisible; it often disappears.

With a spiritual, faith-based rehabilitation, the possibility of recovery and complete restoration to a meaningful life becomes a far more personal journey for women because it often begins with a feeling of being so alone, her trusted network of female bonding is in shambles. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” is a popular quote that is mostly applied to the expectation of response when a man has disappointed a woman. But when a woman feels abandoned by her own gender, that scorn is incredibly defeating. However, Audrey Hepburn once said, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”

With that humble beginning, a Christian-based rehab approach can begin to build a network of support that, first and foremost, begins with a tie between the woman and her personal Savior, Jesus Christ. Although Jesus is a man, he embodies the ultimate expression of unconditional, almost mother-like love; an attitude only mothers and would-be mothers can ever approach in full understanding. And they can appreciate the suffering of his mother, Mary, whose suffering of loss is understood by every mother who has ever lost.

From a different exemplary position, Jesus offered that unconditional love in response to the woman captured in the act of adultery. When, after silencing her accusers with the charge that only one who is sinless can cast the judgment stone of accusation and execution, he admonished her, “Neither do I condemn thee. Go thy way and sin no more.” His redemptive power reaches above and below all situations to love, encourage and empower. He might well have said to the adulteress and to all women who suffer substance abuse: Go thy way and be burdened no more.

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