SOZO Recovery Centers, Inc. in Jessieville, AR

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(5 of 5)
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243 Nathan Terrace
Jessieville AR 71910

SOZO Recovery Centers, Inc. Philosophy

Residents often refer to Sozo Recovery Center as a “spiritual retreat” rather than a rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. That’s because the facility offers a unique and highly effective Christian recovery experience, one that’s coupled with the 12-step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and offers compassionate, individualized care. After treatment, clients leave with a solid foundation for long-term sobriety, as well as a positive attitude toward themselves, those around them, and life in general.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    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.

  • 12-Step
    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.

Facility Highlights

Peer to Peer Mentoring

Family/Marriage Education

Employment Coaching

Meet the Staff

Bob O'Dowd

Executive Director

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After retiring from the position of executive vice president, sales & marketing, at a New York city based fortune 500 company, Bob moved to Arkansas in 2001. A key fact of Bob’s life is that he has been in recovery for 33 years and, in 2004, he was asked to join the board of directors of Quapaw House, Inc.,, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The following year he was named executive director of that organization and remained in that position until 2009. It was there that Bob envisioned a “treatment center like no other” that would soon be called a “faith-based spiritual retreat”. As executive director of Sozo Recovery Centers, inc., Bob proudly acknowledges that the capacity is limited to 15 men who all receive maximum personal attention and care. “these men can stay here for up to 1-2 years as they slowly and safely re-enter the community” O’Dowd says.

Justin Smith

Assistant Director

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"My name is Justin Smith, I am a grateful recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I owe my recovery and second chance at life to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and SOZO Recovery Centers in Jessieville, Arkansas. I am so very blessed to now be the assistant director here at SOZO, and to be a part of other people's recovery. I truly believe that with the combination of faith based and AA's twelve step recovery here at SOZO, we are offering a treatment plan that allows our men a solid foundation for a new life. This combination is what changed my life in ways I could never imagine. This program has given me a purpose today, and that purpose is to provide men with the same opportunity that I have had in my recovery. I believe in what we are doing here at SOZO, and am very passionate about my work." 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located outside of the community of Jessieville, Ark., surrounded by the forests and natural beauty of Hot Springs National Park, Sozo Recovery Centers, Inc. is a Christian, long-term recovery center for adult males who are struggling with chemical dependency. The center also offers a less-intensive, on-site outpatient program with transitional living, for alumni of the residential program. Medical detox is not available on-site.

Sozo accepts a mix of self-referred and court-referred clients.


SOZO’s faith-based treatment program blends the 12-step model of recovery with Christian philosophies and Biblical principles. The initial residential phase of treatment — which the facility describes as a mentoring period — lasts between two and three months. During this residential phase of treatment, clients adhere to a rigorous, 63-hour schedule of weekly programming, which includes individual and group counseling and addiction studies alongside Bible study and church classes. As part of a treatment program based on 12-step participation, clients also regularly attend on- and off-site 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature (Big Book), perform associated “step-work,” and gain a sponsor. Residents also regularly attend worship services and volunteer in the community.

After the initial, closely monitored phase of residential treatment, residents often progress to a “transitional living program,” during which they live on campus and continue to participate in the mentoring program. During the transitional program, clients must attend at least 15 to 17 hours of weekly treatment programming and participate in recovery- and faith-based activities. Many residents find and maintain jobs during this phase of treatment. The average length of stay in the outpatient program is four months.


SOZO Recovery Centers, Inc. is operated by men who are in recovery themselves. The Founder and Executive Director has more than 30 years of sobriety, as well as 14 years’ experience running rehabilitation centers. Some members of staff are themselves graduates of Sozo’s program.


SOZO is an intimate facility, with a maximum residency of 15 men. According to the facility’s website, residents do not share a home with more than six peers at a time. On campus, there is a shady patio on the banks of a stream, a goldfish pond, and an outdoor pool.


"Having been an inpatient at many 'treatment centers' I can verify the 'RECOVERY' that takes place in the SOZO system is the perfect blend of Faith-based and 12 step recovery," alum Keith wrote in a glowing review of SOZO — the only alumni review submitted to to date.

At the time of this writing, SOZO had five five-star ratings on Facebook, where the facility can manage its own page.[1] The reviewers repeatedly expressed their gratitude for the staff and the treatment they received at SOZO. "I am now one year sober thanks to SOZO Recovery Centers, Inc. I cannot begin to explain, nor describe, how wonderful, committed, supportive, helpful, generous, and kind the administration was!" T.D.A. wrote in a representative review.


"The results I've witnessed first hand are outstanding. I feel SOZO Recovery Centers has hit upon the ultimate blend of spiritual and practical treatment that is tremendously effective," was the appraisal of loved one Dan, who gave the facility five stars for its treatment effectiveness.


The facility's website notes that some clients cannot afford to pay for treatment, and that as such the cost of running the program is subsidized by funding from individuals, private business, community partners, and local churches. It's not clear from the facility's website whether any clients pay for their own care, and if so, how much.


Published on June 2017

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SOZO Recovery Center in Jessieville, AR is what I consider the leading edge of todays recovery movement. Having been an inpatient at many "treatment centers" I can verify the "RECOVERY" that takes place in the SOZO system is the perfect blend of Faith-based and 12 step recovery. Individualization is key and the experience and interaction with Village Church of Christ is outstanding. I only could pray that every individual with any type of addiction could be involved with this life-changing process.

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I have two family members who have benefitted from the treatment SOZO Recovery Centers provides. I have experience with other treatment facilities, one probably rated as the country's best treatment. The results I've witnessed first hand are outstanding. I feel SOZO Recovery Centers has hit upon the ultimate blend of spiritual and practical treatment that is tremendously effective.

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