Hebron Colony Ministries Philosophy
Nestled amidst North Carolina’s majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Hebron Colony Ministries is one of the oldest and most established residential treatment centers for chemically-dependent men struggling with substance abuse. Hebron Colony operates under the belief that addiction is an affliction that is physical, mental, and spiritual in nature, and it is through the word of Christ that individuals may be restored to achieve their full potential. Students battling addiction are invited to attend Hebron Colony free of charge for up to ten weeks, during which time they will be provided food, shelter, addiction counseling, scripture-based education, and more.
Areas of Specialization
The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from 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.
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ABOUT HEBRON COLONY MINISTRIES
Hebron Colony Ministries, a charitable, non-profit interdenominational facility located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, offers Christian-based residential substance abuse treatment for men. According to a 2016 SAHMSA survey, the facility is one of 208 facilities offering treatment tailored the adult men. Medical detox is not available on-site; clients must be fully detoxed prior to admission and physically capable of performing daily tasks. The organization also operates a facility for women – Grace Home – in Santee, S.C.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Rather than viewing addiction as a disease, the organization considers chemical dependency a symptom of deeper problems, including shame, guilt, and sinful lifestyles. Although a Christian-based treatment program, the facility states that it accepts those of other faiths and non-religious individuals. The facility's website states: “Hebron is not interested in giving people more religion; instead, we teach people how to walk in a personal relationship with Christ and begin to learn how to apply God's principles in their everyday lives.
The program is based on scriptural principles set forth in the Bible. Main treatment activities include Bible study, small group discussions, and individual counseling with pastors and staff. In addition to its faith-based programming, clients may also also complete chores on the facility's grounds, participate in work-therapy through the facility's thrift store, and participate in recreational activities. In addition, residents enjoy free time for meditation and reflection. The residential program lasts for 10 weeks.
The treatment team, which has no medical professionals, primarily consists of pastors and ministers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 39-bed residence is modeled after a mountain retreat. There is an on-site chapel and large porch. Smoking is permitted in designated areas, though cell phones are not allowed. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date all praised the facility's overall cleanliness and upkeep.
Facility's overall cleanliness and upkeep: 5/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The sole former client surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, P.H., provided highly favorable feedback for the facility, offering perfect five-star ratings for the facility's respect for clients, effectiveness of lead counselors, and the staff's level of experience and training. “It was the best experience of my life,” P.H. wrote, while noting it was “strictly a religious retreat.”
On secondary sites, Hebron Colony Ministries received highly positive feedback to date. All 11 reviewers on Google reviewers gave the facility perfect five-star ratings, and 70 reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars on Facebook.   Note: reviews on both sites covered the male and female campuses, and the facility can manage Facebook reviews.
Many reviewers referenced the dual benefits of freedom from addiction and renewed faith.“Hebron colony is a God send, it is a place for men struggling with addiction and it really works! It saved my life and restored my faith, family and will to live!!!!” Gary, a representative reviewer, wrote on Google reviews.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave Hebron Colony Ministries positive reviews, praising the supportive staff, excellent leadership, and solid, faith-based treatment. As a group, they awarded high ratings to several metrics. The three loved ones gave high four- and five-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, its affordability, and the level of staff support.
"Staff was supportive. Could use better leisure activities," one anonymous loved one wrote. Another loved one added: "A very good facility." However, two survey respondents offered lower two-star ratings for the amount of family participation in treatment.
Hebron Colony Ministries is free of charge, except for a small nonrefundable medical deposit. The facility is supported by charitable donations, fundraising efforts, and the revenue raised through the facility's thrift stores.
Published on March 2018
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