U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i Philosophy
U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i is a non-denominational ministry that treats adult men suffering from substance abuse, training them become healthy members of their families and community. Treatment takes place over two phases, with Phase 1 emphasizing compliance, responsibility (via daily chores) and life skills education, and Phase 2 addressing reintegration into society. The rustic, camp-like residence on the garden island of Kaua'i offers a serene, stripped-down environment in which clients can clear their mind and concentrate on their relationship with God, amidst the natural beauty that is one of his greatest gifts.
Areas of Specialization
Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
Lead Campus Supervisor
I was raised in a Christian home and lived with Christian parents throughout my entire childhood. I went to college and received my B.A. in Anthropoolgy from the University of New Mexico. I have been with the school as the lead campus supervisor since it started in 2005. I enjoy spending time with my son’s family, watching my grand-daughters play soccer, and playing golf on Saturdays.
Founder and President
Pastor Gerry and Peggy have worked hard to establish a family atmosphere in the ministry of U-Turn for Christ and Calvary Chapel Romoland. They pray that you would consider sending your loved ones to them so that they may receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to set them free from the bondage of sin.
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ABOUT U-TURN FOR CHRIST KAUA’I
U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i, located in Hawaii, is a nonprofit, faith-based (but non-denominational) residential treatment ranch for men over the age of 18 who are struggling with substance abuse. Medical detox is not available on-site, and co-occurring disorders cannot be treated here.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i emphasizes obedience, integrity, accountability, and community service. The facility’s website stresses that treatment here is primarily about “reestablishing fellowship” with God; recovery from addiction is seen as a product of that fellowship.
Phase One of treatment lasts a minimum of 60 days, and involves waking at 5:30 a.m. to pray before working eight-hour days in the community, six days a week. In the afternoon, there’s time for relaxation, including exercising, surfing, and snorkeling. After dinner, there are discipleship meetings, Bible study, and church services.
Phase Two — which is optional — involves an additional six-month commitment, the goal of which is to help men to reintegrate into society. Men live in a house in Kapa’a and are required to find employment within 10 days of entering Phase Two. Phase Two clients continue to attend Bible studies, group sessions, and serve at the church.
The two staff members listed on the facility’s website are both pastors. No further information is provided about the staff’s credentials.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Accommodations are basic — during the first phase of treatment, men live in bunk houses or tents, and all meals and snacks are provided. Clients are required to bring bedding, a sleeping bag, clothing, a mosquito net, and a headlamp with extra batteries. IPod/MP3 players are permitted, but cell phones and laptops are not. Clients may write home during Phase One, but telephone calls are not permitted.
Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. On Google, the facility has received three reviews, two of which award it five out of five stars and one which does not provide a rating. “My daddys in there and we are very proud of him. Thank you Jesus,” Google reviewer C.L. wrote.1
On the facility’s Facebook page, which it may manage, the facility has a 4.5-star average rating based on 11 reviews.2 Alum J.A. wrote that the program was successful because of its faith-based approach: “The reason this program works is because each individual gets a chance to learn about our saviour Jesus Christ and how much He loves us no matter how much we felt like we were werent worth it. And we get to do it in an environment surrounded by people who truly care.”
J.A. gave the facility five stars and liked that the facility took care of him like a real person rather than a number. “The great thing about U-Turn For Christ is that they actually make you feel like a normal human being...not being locked up in a building surrounded by nurses and being treated like you're in a mental asylum.”
K.M., an alum that gave the facility five-stars, wrote that U-Turn’s faith based approach to recovery was effective him. He added that staff and pastors taught their clients to surrender their will, lean on the strength of God, and that true happiness is found with Jesus Christ.
Alum C.D. was not happy with the facility's care. He gave U-Turn for Christ one star and wrote that facility staff allowed clients to regularly cheat on drug tests. “There's a handful of guys from that program even ones that graduated because they followed the rules and kept their drug use hush hush with there fake piss you can buy in kapaa.”
Phase One requires a nonrefundable donation of $3,400 (or $3,450 if payment is made by Visa or MasterCard) which covers room, board, and treatment services for those first 60 days. In Phase Two, residents must work and pay their own room and board (usually $500/month), and families are advised not to provide any financial assistance.
Updated April 2017
Published on May 2017
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