Bethesda Recovery in Waycross, GA

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(4.6 of 5)
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1010 Mary Street
Waycross GA 31503

Bethesda Recovery Philosophy

At Bethesda Recovery, women learn how to break free from the ties of addiction by pursuing wholeness — physically, emotionally and spiritually. The faith-based rehab utilizes a biblical approach to recovery called the 12 Gates, which offers hope and healing through a spiritual encounter with Jesus. Therapy and life coaching is also offered in a safe and structured environment with 24/7 supervision.

Areas of Specialization

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

  • Individual Therapy
    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Highlights

Relationship Coaching

Daily Devotionals

Christian Discipline Development

Meet the Staff

Cathy Sweat


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Cathy Sweat, is an expert in the area of addiction recovery and personal restoration. Cathy is a pioneer in the field of Christian recovery. She the founder of Bethesda Recovery, Inc., a non-profit ministry that helps women break the power of addiction and substance abuse. Bethesda Recovery has been open since 1996. She is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, a Certified Christian Life Coach, and is an Ordained Minister with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC). Currently, Cathy Sweat is a Regional Pastor of the Northeast Region of the Sonshine Network Ministries, and she is the Senior Pastor of Bethesda Fellowship. She is a frequent conference, church, and women's group speaker and she is actively involved in helping churches recognize addiction issues among Christians and equipping them to participate in the recovery process.

Rev. Amber Williams

Recovery Director

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Licensed minister with International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Christian Life Coach. 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Founded in 1994 and housed in a 100-year old Southern homestead in Waycross, Ga., Bethesda Recovery, Inc. is a nonprofit ministry offering a Christ-oriented residential recovery program for female clients struggling with substance abuse. Detox services are not available, but clients with co-occurring mental health conditions are welcome. Within the state of Georgia, Bethesda Recovery is among 17.2 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that provide non-hospital, residential long-term care.


Based on a disease model of addiction, Bethesda Recovery's treatment regimen modifies the 12-step recovery model with the 12Gates Recovery approach based on biblical scripture. The 90-day residential program uses actionable steps based on the Bible to instill a new lifestyle.

The first part of clients’ therapy revolves around the Book of Nehemiah and on rebuilding relationships and trust. The second phase is based on the Book of Exodus and emphasizes moving forward without falling back into old habits. The final phase focuses on goal setting and planning regular activities.

Clients devote most of their day engaging in Bible studies and individual life coaching. They spend the remainder doing chores and homework. Clients support the church community by participating in ministries for a food bank, donations, and a thrift store. Program expectations include cleanliness, chore completion, and confrontational skills development. Feedback collected by suggests the facility also employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) during treatment.


Bethesda Recovery is run by ordained pastor and her husband. The director holds a bachelor’s degree from Logos Theological Seminary in pastoral counseling and is a certified Christian life coach through the American Association of Christian Counseling. The center does not appear to staff any medical personnel.


The Bethesda Recovery facility is an antebellum-style house with a six-foot swing and country rocking chairs. Official photographs show an attractive garden and comfortably furnished rooms. Saturday shopping trips to local malls, Wal-Mart, and other stores are offered along with church on Sundays. Amenities include an aboveground swimming pool, walking exercise regime, and movie nights,

Life skills classes for cooking, mowing, and other activities are offered. Children may visit after the fifth Saturday, and only family members are permitted to visit.


The three alumni polled by submitted positive feedback about Bethesda Recovery to date. Two alumni gave perfect five-star ratings for the facility's cleanliness and upkeep, while the other reviewer rated this three out of five stars. The three former clients also awarded five, four, and three out of five stars for connectivity and visitor policies, but all reviewers praised the program’s focus on religion. "Learning about Jesus Christ, and the Twelve Gates( part of this program) I found life and a future," L.R. wrote, offering five stars for the staff's level of training and effectiveness of individual counseling.

Reviewers on secondary sites provided favorable opinions of the facility to date: two perfect five-star ratings on Google and 4.7 out of five stars based on nine reviews on Facebook, which the organization can manage. [1] [2] Reviewers praised the staff’s dedicated efforts and what Rebecca on Google described as "Awesome fellowship and recovery tools."


The one staff member polled by to date, C.S., offered highly favorable feedback about the facility to date. C.S. rated Bethesda a perfect five stars for its staff loyalty and honesty in marketing. “Bethesda Recovery was founded with the individual in mind. They offer support to the women and give them a sense of belonging almost immediately,” they wrote. However, the reviewer noted the center's low number of staff as a weakness.


Bethesda Recovery does not disclose information about fees online at the time of this writing. Details about insurance coverage also are not available on the website currently.

[1] GoogleReviews


Published on August 2018

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Bethesda being a spiritual program based on biblical principles, while also incorporating other recovery steps, caught my attention. Also, the constant contact with the director, building a "trusting" relationship before my arrival, helped my final decision. My experience was not an easy one to say the least but extremely effective at Bethesda Recovery. I gained a true identity, not per say an "addict" in recovery. I was and still being restored to hopes, dreams, family and friends. Learning about Jesus Christ, and the Twelve Gates( part of this program) I found life and a future. I continue to live drug/alcohol free, and still very much affiliated with Bethesda Recovery. I strive to give back as much as they have given me. A new life.

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My time at there was life changing. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Bethesda Recovery was founded with the individual in mind. They offer support to the women and give them a sense of belonging almost immediately.

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