Engaging Biblical Truth for Mental Health Recovery

A Focus on Families With Substance Abuse Struggles
by Jonathan Okinaga, Ph.D.

Southwestern D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 6)





Abstract: Traditional approaches to treating mental health, especially substance abuse, have focused on therapy and medication. However, what is frequently missing is a biblical approach. Using the principles of biblical truth, the article proposes a methodology for substance abuse that stresses the renewal of the mind through the application of the Word of God. By redefining substance abuse through a biblical perspective, families dealing with addiction can find their hope in Christ instead of having their identity rooted in unbiblical terms. In addition, families can experience healing and transformation by relying on and applying biblical truth.

Jonathan Okinaga, Ph.D., has more than 15 years of counseling experience, and has served in various ministries and treatment facilities, specializing in addiction and substance abuse. Okinaga (“Dr. O” to his students) received his Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Nicole and they have a son named James.