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For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has operated rehabilitation facilities across the country that provide help and hope to individuals with a variety of problems, including issues relating to substance abuse. Our charitable residential programs offer spiritual, emotional, and social assistance in an environment designed to help participants live healthy, fulfilling lives.
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers have served as beacons of hope to people seeking help for any number of social and life issues, including problems related to substance abuse. Our programs focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the people who choose to participate.
The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers are 180-day residential work-therapy programs providing spiritual, social, and emotional assistance to people who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.
The program is generally provided without charge to the participants once the Center staff has determined that the program can appropriately address the needs of the applicant (insurance is not necessary). Other minimum requirements include the following:
*Requirements may vary based on location.
The rehabilitation services at our Adult Rehabilitation Centers are examples of The Salvation Army’s commitment to meeting human needs in Jesus’s name without discrimination by helping individuals at the most difficult times in their lives to regain their dignity and independence.
The Adult Rehabilitation Centers have a proven track record of helping people move to independence by offering classes, counseling, spiritual care, and opportunities to aid the rehabilitation process by developing strong work habits.
Through group and individual counseling sessions, spiritual direction, holistic work therapy, and life-skills development, program participants learn to overcome problems, including abandoning substance reliance.
The physical and spiritual components of the program equip participants with the tools to provide for themselves and others as they set and maintain sustainable employment goals.
By developing a personal relationship with God as provided by Jesus Christ, many participants learn to depend on God for hope and relief.
Many who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and able to resume healthy daily routines. Children get their parents back. People get their lives back.
In providing its rehabilitation programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all people in need without unlawful discrimination or harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic in accordance with our capacity to help.
The national substance abuse crisis has only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. A recent survey found that in 2021, 46.3 million people aged 12 or older (or 16.5%) had a substance use disorder (SUD) in the past year, including 29.5 million who had an alcohol use disorder, 24.0 million who had a drug use disorder, and 7.3 million people who had both an alcohol use disorder and a drug use disorder.
The Salvation Army is committed at its Adult Rehabilitation Centers to restoring the lives and relationships of people who are dealing with social and spiritual problems, including substance abuse problems.
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There are many critical components of the ARC program, including spiritual counseling, personalized counseling services, recreational activities, and work therapy. The work therapy component is designed to teach strong work habits and to restore self-esteem, creating a sense of self-worth and accomplishment that helps individuals reintegrate into society and return to (or enter for the first time) an employment environment.
Yes. Upon enrollment, an “Admittance Statement” is required to be signed by all participants acknowledging that work therapy will be a part of their program. Individuals acknowledge that they understand that they are participants of the program and not employees.
There is no universally mandated minimum duration for participants in work therapy, but all ARCs adhere to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Schedules can be adjusted to meet the needs of the participants.
There is no compensation given to people who enroll in The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers.
IF NEEDED: Program participants may receive a nominal weekly gratuity, which is solely based on the participant’s progress in all aspects of their rehabilitation program. Program participants also receive a variety of services, including individual and group counseling, religious services, food, lodging, life-skills training, and recreational activities.
Many of the men and women in our ARC program have little to no work history. Work therapy helps them build the habits they’ll need to use in the workforce. While it may help them acquire skills they can leverage into gainful employment after the program, the focus of Adult Rehabilitation Center programming is rehabilitation. When the rehabilitation program is nearing completion, however, ARC staff assists ARC program participants in the process of applying for employment with the goal that when the participant graduates from the program, they will have a job and outside housing. Employment is not promised to graduates, but employment is considered very important to the success of ARC graduates in reentering society and living productive lives.
The Salvation Army believes that anyone who can benefit from the Adult Rehabilitation Center program should have access to the services that the centers offer to help them get their lives back on track. Our Adult Rehabilitation Centers offer 180-day residential programming that includes housing, food, individual and group counseling, and life-skills development, generally free of charge, so participants can focus on their rehabilitation.
When beneficiaries qualify, some government-provided benefits may be used to offset the costs of a participant’s room, board, and clothing.
The Salvation Army does not solicit government funding for the Adult Rehabilitation Centers. The charitable program at the ARCs is made possible through the generosity of people like you who donate goods that are sold in our 429 ARC-affiliated Family and Thrift Stores. The proceeds from these sales fund the ARC rehabilitation program, which is generally provided to participants without charge to them.
Harbor Light Centers are located across the country and include inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. To help clients overcome addiction, reestablish their lives, and return to the community, we also provide the following services:
Residential treatment for people who have gone through detox and need basic education and counseling to help change attitudes and behavior.
Long-term care plans and ongoing treatment based on the severity of addiction. Through educational and counseling sessions, participants learn about addiction, triggers, and how to approach problems and adjust their lifestyles.
Transitional job programs help participants with placement assistance, resume writing, interviewing skills, appropriate job behaviors, conflict resolution, and other workplace skills.
Evidence-based practices tailored for ages 13-17, with separate groups for girls and boys. A key component is pro-social recreational activities in our large community center.
A 10-week program facilitated by a qualified mental health professional. Participants may fulfill a court mandate by successfully completing this $250 program. Payment plans available.
*Programs may vary depending on location.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, here are some signs of substance or alcohol addiction:
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