Christianity and Alcoholics Anonymous
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: November 10, 2012

John 3:16 in the Life Recovery Bible states, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” Salvation is a gift of grace, given freely, and nothing that we do will get us into heaven other than accepting this gift. Christians initially come into the kingdom understanding this notion, but it is sometimes hard to believe that anyone could unconditionally love us. We sometimes feel that our works define our salvation, or rightness with God, and become susceptible to substance abuse. Christians are supposed to fellowship with others of like faith, have daily prayer and devotions and be good witnesses for our friends, family members and significant others. We incorporate these elements into our program at Lakeview Health Systems’ Christian drug treatment. If you are struggling with addiction, please call our confidential 24/7 helpline today at 888-616-0460 to speak with one of our trained addiction specialists.

What Does it Mean to Be in Alcoholics Anonymous?

Addiction is a non-discriminating disease that causes Christians to isolate themselves and avoid support. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was specifically created to help alcoholics get sober and decrease the risk of relapse among the community. The organization is run by people who have personal experience with alcoholism. Like Christianity, Alcoholics Anonymous requires identification as a member to participate in some activities. The only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. AA refers to itself as a fellowship of people with similar characteristics and behaviors. One of the tools AA uses is The Big Book, which depicts stories that help others find their way to sobriety. There is much overlap between the AA organization and Christianity.

How do Christianity and Alcoholics Anonymous Combine?

Carl Jung, a well-known psychiatrist in Switzerland, documented his encounter with a client who struggled with the inability to stop drinking alcohol in the chapter of The Big Book entitled There Is a Solution. Jung stated, “Expectations to cases such as yours have been occurring since early time. Here and there, once in a while, alcoholics have had what are called vital spiritual experiences.” Jung was referring to spirituality’s power as an intervening mechanism to stop alcoholism. The presence of spirituality in Alcoholics Anonymous allows us to use God as our Higher Power as directed in step 2 of AA’s 12 steps: “Came to believe a Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity.” Restore your sanity and try something that works. Go to our Christian drug rehab and stay clean from drugs and alcohol for life! Call 888-616-0460 now.