I'm not really a religious person, but I can see why people with substance abuse problems gravitate towards a belief system.
In most branches of Christian theology, you are redeemed of your past sins the moment you turn your life over to God. This is because Jesus's death on the cross is payment for your friends' poor decisions. A lot of people honestly have a hard time living with themselves once see how messed up their past lives were and because of that it makes an ideology such as Christianity more appealing to a recovering drug addict.
A lot of drug and alcohol wellness programs do put the idea of faith out there. Sometimes if it's an inpatient program you'll have bibles or the counselor will encourage people to balance the 7 areas of wellness (which includes spirtuality). And often you'll have a "saved" former addict in a substance abuse support group. However, it is something that does work sometimes and I have seen friends who have kicked the habit because of Jesus. But both of them ended up turning into super judgmental and hateful jerks
That drives me crazy, So it was okay for you to "live in sin" and then find god, but other people arent allowed to figure it out on their own without you passing judgements on them? So hypocritical!
I have become jaded to the whole christianity thing. I was raised Lutheran until I was 13. My uncle (who volunteered EVERY WEEK for the church) came out of teh closet, and my pastor wanted to send him to some camp to (this is a direct quote) "Pray the gay away". When my uncle and grandmother refused to do that the church asked for my uncle to no longer come, But still wanted the rest of the family to come. So we all stopped going tp church. Around 21 my husbands mother "found god" and asked us to come to the easter service as a birthday present. We ended up loving the liberal approach taken by this church and starting going regularly. The church didnt speak out agaisnt gay people, they accepted all types of people into the congregation, and it seemed like a place that was fueled by love. My hubbie and I decided to get re-baptised with this church. That summer we got pregant and the amount of support and love we were shown was tremendous. Then about 1 month before I had the baby the Gay Marriage Act passed in NYS. I was elated because that gave my uncle and my mother the opportunity to marry the people they loved. Two weeks later there was a guest speaker in the church (brought in by our pastor) who talked about how it was "our job as christians" to end the abomination that is gay marriage. That we need to speak against these evils as a united community and over turn the law. It took me a few minutes to get my big pregnant ass onto my feet, and as I did i heard the "Amen" "Praise The Lord" "In Jesus' Name" echoing through the room. My husband and I walked out and never looked back. That is not the enviroment we want our son raised in. He is going to be rasied to accecpt people for who they are and love them reguardless. Those people will not be envolved in the shaping of my sons character. I dont understand how a group of people can be so judgemental, hypocritical, and narrow minded. The whole gay arguement is just ridiculous, So you are going to follow the "rules" that you like, not all of them? Because in the same book in the bible it tells you not to cut the hair at your temples, not to eat shellfish, and if you divorce to stone your wife to death. Ive lost my train of thought on how I was going to tie this all together. But at this time Im not sure what I believe in. There is not a church out there (that ive been to at least) that teaches what I believe. Im back and forth on whether I believe in God anymore. I dont believe that the man that is described in the bible had any capacity for hate at all. That jesus was teaching us all how to love one another and that the whole purpose of this life is to love and learn from each other. Alot of people are missing out on amazing experiences in this life because of some out dated hateful book that they are afraid not to follow. ugh alright yeah i have definitely missed the mark on where this was going sooooo end rant.