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I was chatting with some Christians about solutions for drug addiction.

I seemed to be of the flavor that scientific based secular rehabs are most helpful...yet the others where very firm in their belief for a Christian based healing.

The more secular rehab centers (for example) are heavily based on medication, mindfulness activities (yoga/meditation), psychology, support groups, etc

So, does the Bible support a Christian based solution to drug addiction, over the secular scientific solutions?

Is this idea that the Christian based is preferable based on the healing of the Holy Spirit or something else (like meditation is evil type mentality?)

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Flimzy, Caleb Apr 28 '14 at 11:15

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Drug rehab centers didn't exist when the Bible was written. What kind of answer are you hoping for? – Flimzy Apr 27 '14 at 16:14
There is no "scientific" solution. You can't treat drug addiction with more drugs. The only solutions are religious in nature. Alchoholics Anonymous and similar programs all have as part of their steps acknowledging a higher power and seeking help from said power. – david brainerd Apr 27 '14 at 19:27
@flimzy: does the Bible support a Christian based solution to drug addiction, over the secular scientific solutions and if so, why... – Greg McNulty Apr 27 '14 at 20:37
@david-brainerd: can you please expand on this with an answer? – Greg McNulty Apr 27 '14 at 20:38
Why the down vote? If we can't answer these questions here, that is not a good thing....If this is where the site maxes out, I suggest we look deeper to expand, before down voting. – Greg McNulty Apr 27 '14 at 20:38
up vote 3 down vote accepted

There do exist groups within the Body of Christ which reject all drugs and scientific methods. For instance Christian Science is anti-medicine and some very conservative pentecostals and evangelicals are known to be faith only.

However most believers do not hold this position of less medicine or anti-medicine and going to the doctor has not stigma.

Within any community of believers its hard not to win brownie points for when you do any feat by faith. The power of God did X all by itself is something people broadcast and seek to proclaim as validation of themselves rather than the acts of God.

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Jer 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Sure we pray and believe God first and foremost but there is nothing lesser about Jeremiah 8:22 than Mark 11:24: Jesus would quote both. In a balanced church there would be no stigma associated with methadone clinics.

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so is it that they feel they can't claim God healed the person as it is the works of men? – Greg McNulty Apr 27 '14 at 1:56
@GregMcNulty yep unless it happened fast or better than expected or something – user4060 Apr 27 '14 at 2:08
wow, we must be careful with this reasoning, not to turn someone away from something that can help them... – Greg McNulty Apr 27 '14 at 2:12
@GregMcNulty yeah it can be pretty dangerous some states have laws against faith healing and kids for such a reason – user4060 Apr 27 '14 at 2:14

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