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Atheist Addiction Treatment Centers

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

March 8, 2019

Many rehab treatment programs are based upon spiritual and religious concepts that can leave atheist individuals feeling alienated. Fortunately, there are a variety of atheist rehab programs available for those looking to overcome addiction without spiritual guidance.

After dealing with the direction drugs or alcohol is taking your life, you have self-reflected and concluded: things have taken a turn for the worse. Rather than turning to it for fun, you have developed a destructive habit.

Deep down you understand that this has progressed into something you never expected. As an atheist, you know that many rehab centers have a strong focus on religious and spiritual concepts. Can you find a treatment program that will respect your beliefs?

Conventional Facilities

If you Google “drug rehab options,” you’ll see a plethora of religious programs. This includes Christian rehab, Jewish rehab, Mormon rehab, and even Muslim rehab. These centers focus on giving yourself up to a higher power in order to treat you problem.

As an atheist, you’re likely disinterested in such an approach. In fact, you want a rehabilitation option that focuses on treating the physical and mental symptoms of your addiction and which doesn’t integrate religious or spiritual ideas.

Atheist Options

Thankfully, most centers are willing to treat your addiction without focusing on religious ideas. There is nothing wrong with expecting a drug treatment center to be considerate of your individual needs. And according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “the best treatment addresses a person’s various needs, not just his or her drug use.”

The institute also explains that it is important for treatment approaches to be broad in scope while taking into account:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Culture

Such details reveal the extent to which a person’s understanding of the world and his or her personal beliefs can affect a treatment plan.

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An Atmosphere Of Success

Rehabilitation requires an acute level of vulnerability. And as you move forward, it is essential that you feel as if you can let your guard down in order to rid yourself of the burden of addiction. The last thing you want to do is feel as if you are fighting to be understood during a program that is to be a welcoming and healing environment.

Atheist drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers offer many of the same options as others, such as:

  • Safe and monitored detoxification
  • Medical services
  • Family therapy
  • Parenting support
  • Counseling
  • Social and legal services
  • Addiction education
  • Prevention and coping strategies

This program is customized by evaluating the patient, and taking into consideration information such as a person’s life experiences and the severity of his or her addiction.

Some rehabilitation facilities might also see the benefit in incorporating other proven approaches to drug addiction treatment, including:


Atheists are able to utilize the enhanced personal skills learned in drug rehab to adhere to sobriety. This is done in one’s own power, and without reverence to a higher being for the hard work that has been put into such a life-changing process.

Many atheists appreciate the ability of the human brain to re-direct itself after a period of sobriety. This process, along with other forms of therapy, can set the stage for a new-found freedom: A life free from addiction.

Finding An Atheist Rehab

Jumping into the rehabilitation process might not be the first thing on your mind. After all, the journey to recovery can seem like a daunting process. The truth is that rehabilitation is a lot of hard work. Contact us at to learn more information about atheist rehab facilities near you.

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