U-Turn For Christ - Lexington Philosophy
U-Turn for Christ - Lexington is a faith-based, residential drug and alcohol treatment program using biblical principles to help adult men and women to free themselves of addiction by developing a stronger relationship with God. Individuals participate in morning devotions, chores, community service, Bible study and evening personal prayer time. The program aspires to provide residents with a solid grounding in the Bible and good living skills to provide a foundation for their recovery, and allow them to grow into productive, vital members of their community.
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
Thrift Store Director
Phil Davis has been Pastoring since 1985. He spent two years in full time missionary work in Guam aiding in a Calvary Chapel church plant, as well as short term outreaches to Mexico and the Philippines. Mr Davis brings to the school a vast understanding of administrative perspective and teaching techniques. His vision is “To serve ALL the sheep in the whole flock of God.”
Director of Worship and Facilities
I have been involved with U-Turn For Christ since my childhood and have been blessed to watch the ministry impact many lives for Christ. Watching my parents, Gerry and Peggy Brown, has allowed me to see the power of Jesus Christ change many lives, and has inspired me to serve the Lord. God has given me a passion for leading worship, teaching His Word, and discipling others to experience a life full of joy from living for the one true and living God. Recently, the Lord blessed me with my beautiful bride, Nubia, who now serves with me, and along side me in the ministry of U-Turn For Christ. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
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ABOUT U-TURN FOR CHRIST — LEXINGTON
As its name suggests, U-Turn for Christ Lexington is a Christian residential recovery center, which provides treatment for adult men struggling with substance abuse. One of 14 U-Turn for Christ discipleships in the U.S., there are facilities in, for example, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and New Jersey, as well as around the world. U-Turn for Christ Lexington is located on the property of Calvary Chapel in a semi-rural location 20 miles southwest of the city of Columbia, in central South Carolina.
The center does not offer detox services. To enter the program, clients must have a 24-hour record of sobriety prior to admission and, according to the website, “cannot have any warrants or significant health hindrances.” This facility accepts court referrals, who must complete both the first and second phases of treatment, for a minimum of eight months of participation in the program. Within the state, U-Turn for Christ is among 35.2 percent of private nonprofit treatment facilities for substance abuse and among 43.5 percent with specially tailored programs for adult men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
U-Turn for Christ Lexington offers a completely faith-based addiction recovery program rooted in biblical teachings and focused on establishing or strengthening a relationship with Jesus. The program considers addiction as a sin and advocates that the healing power of Jesus helps clients attain freedom from it. As such, the center uses alternative methods of treatment that do not involve clinical psychology or 12-step principles.
The program is split into two phases, which both take place at the same location. Phase One lasts two months, and Phase Two, which is optional but strongly encouraged, lasts six months, although court-referred clients must complete the full eight-month program. During Phase One, clients attend five Bible studies each day as well as do chores on the property or volunteer in the community.
During Phase Two, the men obtain a job and learn how to budget their money to live within their means, while continuing to participate in two Bible studies per day. This second stage of treatment is designed to provide residents with a safety net while they continue to grow spiritually and put all they've learned in the program into practice.
Throughout their participation, residents are kept busy with programming from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Within the state, U-Turn for Christ is among 10.2 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that offer long-term, non-hospital residential care.
At U-Turn for Christ Lexington, pastors and leaders from Calvary Chapel serve in the recovery program. A pastor on staff runs the center's thrift store. There currently is no further information provided by the facility online regarding its treatment staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
During Phase One, men live in dormitory-style accommodations in mobile homes. The facility notes that these close quarters are designed to improve communication skills and unity through Jesus. After an initial 14-day probationary period, clients may receive visitors on Sunday afternoons, limited to immediate family: spouses are welcome, but boyfriends and girlfriends are not. In addition, visitors and residents alike must abide by a strict dress code that includes restrictions on secular logos, short and tight clothing, and pants that sag.
Finally, clients must abstain from all tobacco products during treatment. Residents are advised to bring a Bible with them to the program as well as pens, highlighters, clothing for one week to wear for work and church, and toiletries. Cell phones, media devices, chargeable razors or devices needed external power, as well as non-biblical reading material are prohibited.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, 11 former clients submitted conflicting impressions of U-Turn for Christ Lexington to Rehabs.com. Of the total, five reviews were very positive and six were just as negative. Those on the plus side credited the center for life-changing and life-saving results, as well as building a valuable support system and cementing their relationship with God.
”They acknowledged the program was challenging and a bare-bones facility – “not a pampering, countryclub environment,” in the words of one – but are thankful they attended. An anonymous alum wrote: “U-Turn is truly a blessing. I got to know the Lord in a way that i never have. It taught me to man up, stop making excuses, and get on the right path. U-Turn is tough, but without it I would absolutely be dead!!”
Negative reviewers had harsh words about the inhumane staff– "mean," "cruel," and "humiliating" – the rundown, bug-infested facility, lack of appealing and adequate food, and punitive treatment, to the extent that one characterized it as: “Bad, Horrible, literally the worst experiance of my life” and added: “I've been to over a dozen different rehabs and this place is by far the worst in every imaginable way.” Secondary sites yielded no review coverage at the time of this writing.
At U-Turn for Christ Lexington, clients accepted into the program provide a $750 non-refundable donation upon entry for the first two months of treatment, which is the minimum commitment to participate. The center accepts cashier’s checks, money orders, and cash. After the initial two months, when they start to work and earn wages, the men pay $300 per month for rent.
Published on June 2019
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