U-Turn For Christ Philosophy
U-Turn For Christ is a residential rehab for men trapped in the deceptive, never-ending cycle of addiction. The facility in Perris, California offers a Christian Discipleship re-entry program, which provides residents with the opportunity to give back to the community as they recover. U-Turn’s goal is to teach men to be independent, self-supporting, and stable under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, becoming an asset to family, church, and friends. employers, schools and society.
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
Founder and President
Pastor Gerry Brown comes from a family of fifteen brothers and sisters, and is therefore family oriented. After many years of struggling with the sin of addiction, finding himself in divorce court with a Judge warning him that he was about to ruin his life, he agreed to do whatever his lovely wife Peggy wanted for him to get his family back. Peggy’s one requirement was for Gerry to attend church with her. Gerry agreed, not realizing God would get a hold of his heart and change his life forever. That was over twenty years ago. Today he is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Romoland and also the founder and President of U-Turn For Christ. His unique shoot-from-the-hip style of teaching gets right to the heart of the matter, and the meat of the Word. His powerfully unique style of delivering God’s Word will both challenge and encourage you to new levels of maturity in your walk with Jesus, as we draw from God’s design for living, and discover new insights to God’s “Truth and Love in Action”.
I came to U-Turn For Christ in July of 1995, thinking I was going to stay for two months, get sober, and move on to whatever God had for me next. I didn’t know what God had for me next was to serve in this ministry, and I truly count it a privilege. In November of ’99 I was ordained a Pastor and I now serve as the Associate Pastor to Pastor Gerry Brown. Through the years I’ve witnessed God’s miraculous work in restoring lives, marriages, and families; including my own. I’ve had the honor of helping set up ministries for U-Turn For Christ in Tennessee, Kenya, and Thailand, before I was married. In 2008, I met my beautiful wife, Evelyn, and we wed April of the following year. She also serves, assisting Peggy Brown with Women’s Ministry. My hope and vision for this ministry is, if the Lord tarries, that my Pastor’s vision will be fulfilled in having a U-Turn For Christ in every State, discipling and restoring those who are trapped in the sin of addiction.
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ABOUT U-TURN FOR CHRIST
U-Turn for Christ is an international network of Christian discipleship programs, offering men and women the opportunity to recover from problematic substance use by establishing and maintaining a connection to Jesus. The organization has six overseas facilities and 14 locations throughout the U.S. — including in Needles and Camino, Calif. — but this Perris, Calif., branch is the flagship location. Clients do not have to be practicing Christians to enroll, but they must be willing to participate in Bible studies, church services, and other religious events. Treatment is long-term; the minimum commitment is two months, and some clients stay up to eight months.
New clients must be over 18, not a sex offender, and have 24 hours clean and sober upon arrival. The center can accept court-ordered clients, though these individuals are required to complete the full eight-month program, not just the two compulsory months.
The facility requires all clients who are taking psychotropic medications to wean off them at a rate of 25 percent per week.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
U-Turn for Christ points out that all treatment is carried out according to the Bible; no 12-step, clinical, or other methodologies are employed.
Treatment is split into two phases, of which only Phase One is compulsory. During this phase, which lasts a minimum of two months, residents spend their days in devotions, chores, community service (working either on the ranch or in the community), Bible study, and, in the evening, personal devotion time. This phase of treatment also includes a heavy emphasis on communal living and "healthy fellowship."
Phase Two lasts six months and provides residents with two options. One route is to pursue regular employment during the day and return for church services in the evenings. The other is to commit to fully serve in the ministry which, according to the facility, “comes with considerable sacrifice.” As the website elaborates: “Servants of Christ can be called on at all times to serve in many different ways.” Those residents who take the second option often stay for up to a year, and may go on to serve at other U-Turn for Christ facilities in the United States and around the world.
The center employs two pastors and several members of administrate staff, but does not appear to employ any mental-health professionals at the time of this writing.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
During the first phase of treatment, residents live in a military-style residence (one large room filled with multiple bunkbeds).
The facility is tobacco-free and prohibits all secular reading material and media. Visitation is limited to Sunday afternoons, and only immediate family members are allowed. A strict dress code is enforced among both residents and guests — no secular logos; men must wear sleeves; women are not permitted to wear tight clothes, white shirts, or shorts more than three inches above the knee.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the 12 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, three were positive and nine were negative. The positive reviewers repeatedly noted that the program had been successful for them, and expressed their gratitude to U-Turn for Christ for helping them to establish a relationship with Jesus. "They teach us where the power to truly love and live an abundant life can be found and they lovingly guide us to a path of forgiveness, forgiveness to God, ourselves and those who have wronged us," Jodee wrote in a representative review.
However, the negative reviewers repeatedly cited disrespectful treatment from staff and a lack of proper rehabilitation; in fact, many alumni noted angrily that they didn't feel the facility deserved to be called a rehab center at all, some of them considering it more of a cult. There were also repeated allegations that the facility was more concerned with money than with residents' welfare. "The worst thing ever it�s not a treatment facility it�s a place where you work very hard so called for the lord," Susie wrote in a representative review; "It is not a rehab center. It is a cult, they will take your money and run," Ed added.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the 11 reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, five were positive and six negative. The positive reviewers invariably noted that treatment had been successful for their loved one, and some added praise for the facility's emphasis on relationship with Jesus. "It teaches God first and it also gives you the day to day living support you need .It has been in every case I have seen a blessing," Jim wrote in a typical review. In isolated praise, Curtis lauded the center's sense of discipline, and Barried wrote: "Staff was quite supportive and there was great holistic offerings within the facility."
However, the negative reviewers repeatedly cited harsh treatment that was unsuccessful for their loved one. L.H. wrote that they felt clients were "treated unkindly by harsh staff," and Isabel added: "No type of compassion for the families let alone the kids that are there trying to get help & support from others & guidance let alone some type of love from people who are Christians. I am so hurt & choked with this treatment."
The program and housing costs $500 a month, and payment for the first two months of treatment is due upon arrival.
Published on December 2017
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