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Should Christians use Christian Rehab centers for their kids? My daughter is sick from anorexia. My husband says that Christian Rehab centers are too expensive and that if we really had faith for our daughter's anorexia we would pray. What do I do?

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Thank you Donna, it is truly a miracle to see lives saved from death, destruction and hopelessness. I find that when Christ is allowed to come in and truly change a person's heart, well Jesus said it better than I can...
"Who the Son sets free, is free...INDEED!"
---Kim on 6/22/09

Kim -- thank you for your life-saving work.

Jam 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
---Donna66 on 6/20/09

I work for a Christ Centered rehab-discipleship home and we are not 'about the money'. We are Christ centered and we are associated with Teen Challenge and other programs as well. Like anything, you have to be careful where you look and carefully consider. Get references, check with pastors...pray and discern accordingly.
Please don't put us all in one lump of ungodly behavior and intent. Many of us are doing what we do because it is a calling from God. Believe me, I wouldn't put up with the junk people dish out if it wasn't for the fact...God loves them and that makes it worth it all.
Results...we see lives changed, really changed all the time. But it is a process...most of the time, a long process.
---Kim on 6/19/09

Leslie - you state "Christian Rehab. Centers are of God."

You must be kidding! Many so-called Christian Rehab. Centers are run by so-called Christians who think FIRST of the money they can get. In fact, one of my best friends went to a Christian Rehab. Center that had everyone turn in false paperwork so they Center could collect more benefits from the government.

I am not saying ALL Christian Rehab. Centers put money first. But just because it claims to be a Christian Rehab. Center does mean it is of God.
---Gary on 6/18/09

Teen Challenge is a Christian residential drug rehab program that can be found in most, if not all, major cities. It has existed since 1958. Their success rate is about 68% and they have a low recidivism rate.

The program is only for DRUG rehab (maybe alcohol too). It is tough program... some can't take it, but it has literally saved hundreds of lives. It has also produced numerous ministers of the Gospel.
---Donna66 on 6/18/09

By their own admission the success rate of Salvation Army rehabs is ten percent. And I think even that is an exaggeration.
---eric1968 on 6/17/09

\\cluny...I don't believe in OSAS or that Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven. I believe in living a Holy life. This was the Salvation Army where I worked.
---SusieB on 6/5/09\\

So you believe in salvation by works, then.
---Cluny on 6/7/09

cluny...I don't believe in OSAS or that Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven. I believe in living a Holy life. This was the Salvation Army where I worked.
---SusieB on 6/5/09

\\It was anything but Christian. I heard more cuss words there than anywhere I had ever worked and I saw the worst bosses I had ever seen in my 40-year career.\\

What happened to OSAS?

What happened to "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven"?

Or are you assuming that Christians never say things they shouldn't, and all Christian supervisors are automatically the best?
---Cluny on 6/5/09

I worked for a so-called Christian drug/rehab program. It was anything but Christian. I heard more cuss words there than anywhere I had ever worked and I saw the worst bosses I had ever seen in my 40-year career. The priority was money.
---SusieB on 6/4/09

Prayer is wonderful, but I think she needs help from a counselor or a center. Neither of these have to be Christian. Anorexia is really a symptom of deeper, psychological problems. She needs to become more open about what she is going through, and if she feels that she is too afraid to tell the two of you, she needs to talk to someone.
---amand6348 on 6/4/09

No one is saying you should not pray, but remember that faith without works is dead.

God works through people most of the time.
---Cluny on 6/4/09

Whether the facility is Christian or not is not as important as getting your daughter the proper medical and mental health care she needs. There are plenty of treatment centers that are covered by medical insurance and that are just as good. I have been to two of them, which were both covered by insurance, and they helped me immensely.

People die from anorexia, so don't play games with it. Of course you should pray, but you should also get her the help she needs.
---Trish9863 on 6/4/09

First Pray. Then seek out professional help as the weight loss is merely a symptom of a deeper mental disturbance. Anorexia is a strange and bizzare place that is much bigger than your abilities. My wife is a recovering Anorexic and I married her thinking that with time and prayer she would simply grow out of it. Twenty two years later we are still battling the beast. Her weight is no longer critical however the "stinkin' thinkin'" patterns have never left. In short, get whatever help you need now at all costs and continue to pray. Don't pass this burden onto her future husband or God forbid her children.
---TIMOTHY on 6/4/09

"What do I do?"

Check her in and go smack the person who told you not to and tell em it's from me.

Listen, you let your daughter go on like that and she could do some serious permanent damage to herself. We as Christians are to seek the Lord's leading in all things, yes, but we are not supposed to think more highly of ourselves then we ought to. Sometimes you just need some help. God made the people at the clinic, revealed the knowledge of their treatment, he's provided a way in all of it. Use Paul's example, he prayed three times, Use Jesus' example in Gethsemane, he prayed three times, and said none the less you want to use the world to do it, I'm down with that too!

I'm paraphrasing of course!
---Pharisee on 6/4/09

Christian Rehab. Centers are of God. Sometimes God manafests healing and deliverance Himself, and other times He uses humans to manafest that healing or deliverance. Either way, it is ALL God, NOT man that heals and delivers, man is just a vessel. Also either way, you should pray, because prayer moves the hand of God. One prayer that might work is for God to release and loose His healing & deliverance angels, and the angels that gather to your daughter's life. Also that God would release and loose the Holy Spirit, Heaven, and God's glory in your daughter's life. These things will make it so God get's ALL the glory.
---Leslie on 6/4/09

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Anorexia is a medical condition. OK it is brought on initially by the choice of a certain way of behaviour, as are addictions such as drug or alcolism.

But these intial actions have now created what is, plainly and simply, a medical condition, like any other illness.

God has given us doctors, and they and the services they arrange should be used in conjuction with prayer.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/4/09

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