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Free drug rehab. Salvation Army free alcohol and drug treatment
Free drug rehab at the Salvation Army
With a commitment to providing free drug and alcohol rehab to those that cannot pay, and very low cost drug rehab to those that can, the Salvation Army has been in the business of helping addicts overcome substance abuse problems for decades.
The Salvation Army Adult Recovery Centers (ARC's) are open and available to all in need providing they are sober at the time of admission, are willing to participate in work within the organization, both as therapy and to offset treatment costs, and are willing to participate in an evangelical Christian form of recovery.
What type of therapy is offered in Salvation Army free drug rehabs?
The formal therapeutic programming is generally 12 steps based group sessions, either AA or NA, and participants will be required to attend and participate in these meetings on a daily basis. Additional therapy comes in the form of bible study sessions, where relevant passages of scripture are studied for their message as it pertains to addiction, and also individual religious instruction and therapy.
Participants can also access educational and work related training and may complete high school equivalencies, or even College level classes while in the program.
Work as therapy
A major component of the Salvation Army's drug rehab is that work is considered a necessary participation, both to pay for the costs of the treatment, but also as a form of therapy. Through working in one of the Salvation Army Thrift Stores, driving a truck, or doing other work within the organization, addicts benefit from work as therapy. Through work, recovering addicts gain a sense of responsibility, gain employable skills, and gain social and interaction life-skills. Work is mandatory for continuing participation in the program.
Treatments generally last between 3 and 9 months, and all accommodation, food, clothing, religious educational materials and job training are provided free of charge to participants in the program.
As a side note, the Salvation Army has been heavily criticized for not allowing Gays or Lesbians to work within its organization. The position of the organization is that they cannot hire immoral people, and they consider homosexuality a form of immorality.
Is the Salvation Army drug rehab right for you?
For those in real financial need, the Salvation Army and their long history of assisting people with abuse problems can be a great alternative. To benefit from the therapies you should believe in a Christian God, and you should be willing to fully immerse yourself in the programs and work of the organization.
For those people who do have other options, or who can afford a private period of drug rehab, they may benefit more elsewhere. As a free rehabilitation organization, participants must expect fairly Spartan and shared living quarters, strict rules of conduct and limited therapy beyond religious instruction.
For people who are not Christian, gays or lesbians, or for anyone uncomfortable with evangelical Christianity, the programs are unlikely a good fit.