Drug Rehabilitation and What the Bible Says


What Happens if Secular Rehab Fails?

Effective Drug Treatment Requires a Holistic Approach

Body, soul and spirit constitutes three levels of therapy.  The Christian Bible addresses addiction from a spiritual perspective, requiring a change of heart (spirit), mind (soul) and then behaviour (body).  The reason why secular programs so often fail is because they do not acknowledge the spirit of man.  The root cause of addiction lies in the belief system of the addicts.  We are what we believe.  Drug addiction is symptomatic of one’s core beliefs. Core beliefs are formed by parental influence, education, environment, social and cultural networks, childhood friends, religious beliefs and the media.  Many of these contain unbiblical lies.

Our Faith-based program focuses on the lies that are self-destructive, emotionally negative and lead to dysfunctional behaviour.  Although addiction leads to physical and mental disease it is not a disease of the brain in itself.  That is why medication cannot cure addiction it can merely replace it with other drugs.  There is no quick fix or implant that will cure behaviour.  Various models of Psychotherapy only address the mental and emotional results of addiction and might bring temporary relief but not a lasting cure.

The Bible teaches that faith in Jesus Christ in a new man, whose past is forgiven, who receives a new nature from God and whose mind is renewed according to biblical principles for right living.  Longstanding Bible based programs reflect a success rate up to ten times more than secular programs.

What is Addiction?

There are Two Main Answers.  One is Biblical and the Other Human

In the secular humanistic world, people might have many different points of view on addiction.  Some might only see it in the abuse of drugs and other substances.  Others might include gambling, pornography, work, sport and any other obsessive compulsive behaviour.

In most cases they will view it as some incurable mental or emotional state and in many cases it is also classified as a disease by professional mental health workers.  The persons’ inability to overcome their addiction leads to anxiety and depression.  Depression is also viewed as a mental disease which is not scientifically true.  There is very big danger in the latter view as people will seek medication to try and cure their emotional condition.  Addiction to prescribed drugs merely replaces addiction to street drugs.  Most of the time the depression deepens and so stronger drugs or dosages are prescribed.  Where is the solution?

The solution is found in the Bible. The Bible describes addiction as bondage to sin. The term sin describes any and all deviation from God’s will for us. God is Truth and any deviation from His truth as recorded in the Bible causes us to sin. Sin therefore contains 5 D’s which are; Deviation, Deception, Denial, Delusion and if you stay on this path it finally ends in Destruction.

If one turns to God along the path by changing your mind to agree with Him, you receive Deliverance. All sin was paid for by Jesus Christ on our behalf so that our faith and trust in Him breaks the Bondage of sin. Once we confess our trust in Jesus, God empowers us by putting the Holy Spirit in us. In Biblical Therapy we take our students through the process of identifying the lies they believe that lead to sinful thoughts, darkened emotions and destructive behaviour. Then we teach them God’s will for their thought life and belief system. Finally they become addicted to living a God- inspired life style through the Holy Spirit.


Our founder, Dr. Ado Krige, has been a public activist against drug abuse since 1984.  He has spoken in hundreds of schools all over South Africa and in just the last ten years saw more than 64 000 teenagers commit their lives to Christ after hearing his testimony about how Jesus Christ saved him from addiction and destruction 30 years ago.

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