Trusted Content

Non-Religious Alcohol And Drug Rehab Centers

David Hunter, MA.Ed, LPC

Medically reviewed by

David Hunter, MA.Ed, LPC

January 29, 2019

For individuals who are not looking to a higher power to overcome addiction, a non-religious rehab may be the best option. These programs follow an evidence-based plan of proven addiction treatment methods that focus on a holistic, individualized approach, that treats the person as a whole.

The abundance of 12-step, spiritually based support groups can make those who don’t believe in God feel awkward, or as if treatment options don’t exist for them. This is far from true. Many phenomenal non-religious inpatient drug rehab programs exist today that can change your or your family member’s life.

The great thing about non-religious rehabs is that there are many choices to pick from. Whether you are interested in luxury rehabs, wilderness programs, scientifically based treatments, or a program which blends the latter with the former, we can help. Our compassionate and expert staff will match you up with a program that meets your needs.

Non-Religious Rehabs Provide Excellent Alternatives To Religious 12-Step Groups

The first major rehabs which appeared in the United States followed the classic 12-step structure, first pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous. This type of rehab was based on the idea that the individual had to surrender up their addiction to a higher power for help in order to achieve sobriety. This included turning to God in prayer and repentance, admitting that you were powerless over the addiction, peer support, and quite often drug and alcohol education based on spiritual principles.

These type of programs and community groups have a long-standing history of success and work well for many individuals. However, this type of support often leaves those who do not believe in God or share the same faith without access to quality care. Thus, non-religious rehabs were born. This newer, engaging, and inclusive approach bloomed into many different types of programs, all equally or more successful than the original.

Recovering from addiction is hard enough work as it is, and feeling pressured to convert or follow religious-based treatment directives puts undue stress and pressure on the individual in need of treatment. For many people this can be detrimental to their recovery.

If this sounds like a concern which is important to you, know that there are programs which do not depend on divine intervention for healing, but rather on secular beliefs. The best of these programs are founded on rigorously tested, science-based treatment principles, allowing for the best measure of care and success within your recovery.

virtual care

Get treatment when
and how you need it.

What Type Of Non-Religious Programs Exist?

Treatment shouldn’t be boring, nor should it feel like punishment. While it does consist of a lot of hard work, there should be a good balance of elements which nurture and uplift.

There are so many personalities and stories within those who come to us in need of treatment. It’s because of this that we’ve amassed resources on some of the best, and most diverse treatment programs all across our nation.

Whatever your needs, history, and personal lifestyle preferences, we’ve got you covered. Here’s an example of several programs which could help you build a drug-free life:

Taking the time to find an individualized treatment program can make a huge difference in the quality of care you receive as well as your measure of success.

What Is An Individualized Treatment Program?

There are so many different types of non-religious rehabs, but choosing the correct program to fit your needs is a critical component of your success. When making a decision, you should consider all possibilities before signing up for one.

We know that these times can be especially trying, however, jumping into the wrong treatment program can set you back before you’ve even had a chance to make forward progress. If this process becomes confusing or intimidating, let us help.

One of the most impactful offerings of treatment today is individualized treatment, which is exactly as it sounds. Treatment is tailor-fitted to the unique needs of your life. Why is this important?

Addiction is often precipitated by and negatively impacts, a wide variety of factors within your life. These can include matters of your family, social life, or health (including both physical and mental). As the addiction continues, these situations form a complex knot in which substance abuse is deeply embedded. From this, your relationships, job, education, and family life may all be damaged. For some this leads to legal and financial troubles as well.

Effective treatment should target not just the physical addiction, but the psychological one as well. As part of this, any and all of the issues which preceded, aggravated, or resulted from the addiction, should be addressed. It is by this integrated, person-centric approach that a person has the greatest opportunity for healing and is best prepared for life after treatment.

How Do Non-Religious Programs Treat Addiction?

Addiction is a disease, not a failure of willpower or morals. To address this profound reality, a good non-religious drug rehab program should be medically based, and utilize researched-based treatment methods to incite better health, change, and sobriety within a person’s life.

If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol, benzodiazepine, or opioid addiction, we should consider the possibility of medical detox. These drugs create strong physical dependencies, leading to what can be severe withdrawal. In order to make you more comfortable during this time, and to reduce or alleviate withdrawal symptoms, medication-assisted treatments may be utilized.

The use of medications works to quell the pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal. And in the case of alcohol and benzodiazepines, it provides greater protection from a withdrawal which could progress to life-threatening extremes. Once a person has cleansed the residual drug toxins from their system, we strongly recommend they progress to rehab to treat the psychological addiction.

How Are Behavioral Therapies Used Within Non-Religious Programs?

Behavioral therapies are one of the best weapons in the fight against addiction. These transformative therapies work to resolve any negative influences, thoughts, and behaviors within a person’s life which could be feeding the addiction. Addiction and recovery can be very overwhelming, causing a person to feel incapacitated by doubt and fear.

Therapy will work to instill a feeling of empowerment, capability, hope, and an acceptance of and readiness for change. Coping, relapse prevention, and interpersonal skills will all be taught so that a person can better absorb the benefit of rehab and conquer the challenges after.

Researched-based behavioral therapies include:

Sessions may be offered in an individual, group, and or family setting so that you can heal in every way that you need in order to develop and nurture a sober life.

If you are currently struggling with a mental health disorder along with your addiction, we can help to treat that too. This is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis care can be transformative for individuals battling these often interconnected concerns. Should you find yourself in this position, and in order to build the strongest foundation for a sober life, it’s critical that you seek a program which offers dual diagnosis care.

What Does Mind-Body-Spirit Treatment Consist Of?

When you’re taking steps towards positive changes in your life to overcome addiction, you need to address it on all levels. Addiction can greatly harm your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual states. As you progress within treatment, and also within life after, practicing self-care which recognizes mind-body-spirit balance can invigorate your recovery and health.

Spirituality doesn’t necessarily mean religion. Spirituality can be a very personal journey, one which exists outside the bounds of formal religion or doctrine, and instead is something which informs the way you live and relate to the world around you.

Meditating, communing with nature, journaling, art therapy, and practicing other holistic ways of life can help to keep your spiritual needs met. Many non-religious programs utilize holistic modalities to fulfill your spiritual needs. These methods provide a healthy outlet for any mental and emotional issues which need to be resolved as well, and include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Taichi
  • Yoga

These also help to renew physical health by restoring balance to your body. Additional ways of fostering enhanced physical wellness may include nutritional support and guidance, fitness counseling and/or exercise classes, outdoor and recreational activities, and more.

Stress is deeply connected to addiction. It often drives a person to self-medicate and, if left untreated, it can become a persistent trigger for relapse. Learning how to manage stress in a healthy way is foundational within treatment. Mindfulness and stress management practices will help you to cope more effectively, strengthen your distress tolerance, and become more aware of the impact that positive thinking can have within your life.

Will A Non-Religious Program Be Helpful For Someone Who Is Religious?

Anyone can go to a non-religious rehab center, including those who do believe in God or practice a certain faith. These programs are no less helpful to believers, however, if you do have a strong faith, you should carefully weigh your options before joining a non-religious program.

Because staff and activity choices are not based on religion, believers may not get the type of support that they are looking for or need. Religious programs set aside time for prayer, fellowship, faith-based mediation, and even church services. Though you may not have specific periods of time set aside from these things, you will have quiet and free time, which you can utilize these ways, should you choose (with the possible exception of church services.)

Others may be religious but desire to keep their personal spiritual life separate from their recovery by choosing to take part in a secular program. Whichever the case, no matter what rehab you’re interested in, or your recovery needs, you should always weigh what’s important to you against what a program offers.

Contact to locate a non-religious rehab treatment that meets your personal needs.

Want to get help, but not ready to talk?

You can receive 24/7 text support right away and at your convenience. There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.

Sign up for text support to receive:

✅ Resources about addiction and recovery

✅ Info about our treatment process

"*" indicates required fields


Find A Holistic Rehab Near You.
Find A Holistic Rehab Near You.
100% Free and Confidential. Call 888-341-4325

For 24/7 Treatment Help Call:


For Immediate Treatment Help Call:
(888) 979-9592