Program Description

The content of this program has generally followed that of the successful residential rehabilitation program conducted by the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, in Reno, Nevada. We are indebted to the RSGM for its generosity in allowing us to use its course structure, in this program.

The program will be run in a semi-closed format. This means that after the 3rd step, new applicants will not be able to join the program until the next series commences. They are encouraged to attend two AA/NA, Celebrate Recovery or similar classes each week, and can start reading ahead in the Phase 1 workbooks.

All clients are expected to attend two AA/NA, Celebrate Recovery or similar classes each week, and will be required to show their facilitator proof of attendance at each group meeting.

Classes are taught in a small group format with a facilitator. The workbooks used are written by qualified professionals in their fields. The group facilitator is there to assist the class in its self-study of the workbooks indicated. If counseling beyond the scope of the facilitator's expertise is required, programmers should seek help from a qualified Christian counselor, pastor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Biblical counseling will be available at the facilitator's discretion. Clients are encouraged to attend a healthy Bible-based and Christ-centered church. They will be referred to their local pastor for non-addiction related counseling or advice.

Clients will be personally responsible for purchasing the workbooks, a cost of approximately $30 each phase.  Information about the workbooks is posted on the Phase 1, 2 and 3 pages.  They must bring these workbooks to group meetings, the meetings revolve around a discussion of the last week's reading and homework.

Clients are expected to be clean, sober and peaceable when attending classes and if there is any question about an individual's sobriety they will be tested. Anyone failing this test will be asked to leave, for the safety of the rest of the group. At the facilitator's discretion they will be free to return when they are sober. The facilitator of the program meetings has the right to refuse admission to any person without having to give an explanation.

On completion of each phase, clients will receive a progress certificate. When clients graduate from the program they will be presented with a framed graduation certificate.

The self-help program consists of three phases, each of which is 12 weeks long. The total length of the program is approximately 9 months. The three phases and courses taught, are as follows:

Phase1 - Foundation
                              Conquering Chemical Dependency
                              Making Peace With Your Past

Phase2 - Identity
                              Search For Significance
                              The Purpose-Driven Life

Phase3 - Maturity
                              Measure of Maturity
                              Moving Forward