It is interesting to note that there are other programs that have short-term results with drug addicts but the core of their program is based on spiritualism. Believers in Transcendental Meditation, which is a spiritual high one goes on when chanting mantras derived from Hindu practice, have testimonies of people replacing one high for another. Certain yoga disciples confirm the same. By shifting focus and concentration from the physical emotional realm to the spirit world one can come off drugs, but it does not bring you into an eternal relationship with God. One just shifts your point of worship to another idol. This is in any case what Satan’s desire is for mankind, he does not care what we worship as long as it is not the true living God who took on flesh in the form of Christ Jesus. That is why drug replacement programs such as methadone and Subutex are also not the answer.



In the regeneration centres, we are looking to bring one to the original purpose each student has been born for. To become the person God designed you to be. There is only one course of action, namely repentance, restitution, and reconstruction which is part of restorative justice. This requires laying off the old life and putting on the new life. The Holy Spirit speaks to the heart in prayer and the Scriptures address the mind through constructive Bible study. Both are spiritual disciplines and together they bring about change which we can observe in daily life. Taking care of your body, your environment and your relationships are all very practical instructions that flow out of regular prayer and Bible study. It is something mentors and counsellors are on the lookout for in their disciples.




There is an extreme emphasis in the regeneration centre on discipleship. The reason is simple, it is the method Jesus employs. We are simply Jesus-followers. Some are just a bit further along the Path than others and we are taught to teach each other. Living in the Spirit is all about seeing the corporate community of brothers and sisters who are in the family and taking care of one another. When they are ready to leave the centre they must already be in relationship with other Christian families involved in corporate church life. God is our Father, Jesus is our older Brother and the rest are family.

God has given us the blueprint in the fourth chapter of the letter Paul wrote to the Ephesians, of which the first six verses read:


1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.




This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.