FAQ :: Is addiction therapy big business?

Yes. The secular world is filled with one recovery program after another. Celebrities have brought attention to some of the more popular recovery facilities. What is interesting to point out, the same people often return to these places again and again. Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent to “recover” from any number of problems from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling, smoking addiction, sexual addiction, food addiction (eating disorders), video game addiction, Internet addiction, work addiction, anger management issues, compulsive shopping, and the list can go on and on. If you can think of a topic, a label of “addiction” can be placed before it and there is money to be made. It seems that anything that is sinful behavior is big business for health professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists, “experts” of all types, and yet the success rate for recovery is very low. This low success rate is very advantageous to those who are being paid for their services. The so-called experts are making a hefty living off the problems of others. This is not to say that all these professionals are deliberately taking advantage of others, but those who are giving counseling and are not strong believing Christians are nearly as lost as their clients. Unless an “addiction” program is based on strong biblical principles long-term success is slim, giving way to lining the deep pockets of the addiction therapy gurus.

“As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11).