What does it mean to hit rock bottom?
Reaching that point where one have no further means – physically or emotionally to continue on the path of self-destruction and realising that one has to turn towards God for help.

What is Christian psychology?
It is a development in the field of psychology calling for the reconstruction of psychology from a Christian worldview perspective. The conceptualisation of Christian psychology started in the 1950s in America in reaction against a humanistic worldview. It is an attempt to provide a ‘method’ for integrating Theology and psychology. It is an approach that takes into account the spiritual needs and functioning of Christian clients and psychologists by explicitly formulating and addressing these needs. Christian psychology postulates that humans are holistic beings, implying that humans have a physical, psychological and a spiritual dimension of existence. It exerts that all dimensions of existence influence mental health and should be taken into account in the helping process.

Who or what is a “Higher Power” to Christians and what should it be?
A vast number of people seeking psychological counselling are Christians who believe in the healing power of God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit can lead us in counselling, bring comfort and work emotional healing in people. Named I AM, the God of Israel is the only living God and Creator of this Universe, there is no other Higher Power.

Why psychological help?
Psychological knowledge has a lot of value for understanding issues and treating mental illnesses. Although the power of prayer is not disputed and God can heal any situation supernaturally, He often works through his servants, medical doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists.

What causes drug or substance addiction?
Peer pressure, low self-esteem, the need to be accepted and dysfunctional families are some of the main reasons for drug abuse. It is also normally the symptom and not the root of the problem. Substance abuse or any other dysfunctional behaviour is merely an attempt to cope with issuese of the heart. Close to 90 per cent of the people we work with have issues regarding unforgiveness and rejection, says leaders at Nieuwefontein Empowerment Centre .

What contributes to the use and abuse of alcohol?

Social drinking (habit forming), psychological distress (substance abuse as coping mechanism), boredom and pursuing a lifestyle that the media portrays as desireable. Poverty also plays a role for drug abuse (escapism) as well as the persistent use of medication (both prescription and over-the-counter). – Prof Charless Parry, SA psychologist

Why Christian Psychology and how does it differ from secular psychological theories?
In short, a Western humanistic worldview differs radically from the Christian principles which apply knowledge in a God honouring way. Biblical principles and truths are our point of departure but it doesn’t mean the total exclusion of the application of knowledge Source- Prof Nicolene Joubert, of the Institute of Christian Psychology.

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