The 12 Steps as applied by Alcoholics Anonymous have been drawn from the heart of the Scriptures. Our Christian 12 Step program is an integration of these foundational truths as they relate to the chemically addicted and emotionally wounded person.
Christ-Centered 12-Step Treatment
Individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs experience a life that is thrown off balance by addiction. Their families are torn apart. Their bodies grow sick. They often find themselves unable to perform at work or school. Social contacts may dwindle to only those who will abuse alcohol or drugs with them. These individuals experience unique challenges as they battle magnified burdens of loneliness, negativity and self-hatred.
But even more common and pervasive than any of these is that the addict becomes alienated from God. The founders of Alcoholics Anonymous recognized this fact and built the 12 Step program around Biblical truth.
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In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous we learn that our physical, emotional, relational and spiritual failings can only be turned around through a “spiritual awakening”.
We believe that a strong spiritual foundation is essential to an effective recovery program for each client. Clients may choose either our Christian or Traditional 12 Step program, whichever is most comfortable for them, and may change programs at any time during treatment. Groups that address the medical or physical basis of addiction are blended, while groups dealing with life skills, spiritual issues and psychotherapy are separated based on program choice.
II Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way….”
Christian and Traditional 12-Step Programs
The staff of Covenant Hills offers two distinct, yet overlapping programs—Christian and Traditional. Our non-denominational Christian program offers a Christ-centered, biblical approach to recovery. Our Traditional program presents recovery based on God, as the individual may understand Him (as presented in Alcoholics Anonymous).
We believe that a strong spiritual foundation is essential to an effective recovery program for each client and that the nature of that spiritual foundation is revealed in the quality of her personal relationship with God. We encourage and nurture this relationship in both our Christian 12 Step program and our Traditional 12 Step program. Regardless of an individual’s religious beliefs, our treatment can help them successfully recover from their addiction.
Clients may choose the Christian or Traditional program, whichever is most comfortable for them and may change programs at any time during their treatment. Those groups that address the medical or physical basis of addiction are blended, while groups dealing with life skills, spiritual issues and psychotherapy are separated based on program choice.
The 12 Steps as applied by Alcoholics Anonymous have been drawn from the heart of the Scriptures. Our Christian 12-Step program is an integration of these foundational truths as they relate to the chemically addicted and emotionally wounded person. The scriptures provide the guidelines used in our professional counseling and treatment process. Our professional staff consists of Christian men and women, including several ordained pastors.
We acknowledge Scripture as our authoritative and complete guideline for restoration of the whole person, as stated in Timothy 3:16-17. We realize that no part of a person is separate from the interactions of the other parts—the emotional affects the physical, the physical affects the emotional and the spiritual is at the basis of all. This is consistent with Paul’s concern for the whole person, “body, soul, and spirit.” (I Thessalonians 5:23)
We believe that love and compassion should be at the heart of a Biblically based ministry (I Corinthians, 13). Accordingly, we are committed to work with our clients in the spirit of tolerance (in the truest sense of the word) and reverence for each person’s worth and dignity—beginning wherever they are in their search for God.
We are called to deal with all of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of addiction. Treatment must be comprehensive and aggressive. We know that left untreated, most die. Our Christian professional staff brings to our unique program the best of psychiatric, psychological, medical, behavioral, pastoral and theological training and experience in order to address substance abuse and the wreckage it brings to suffering human beings. Our goal is to actively stand alongside the walking wounded in the healing process, encouraging hope and renewal to their body, mind, soul, spirit and relationships.
Statement of Faith
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; we believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit.
We believe that all People are sinners by nature and by choice and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God regenerates by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord; that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and power for service, often subsequent to regeneration.
We believe that Salvation is by Faith in the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ and as a free gift from God it should not in any way be pursued as if it were by works.
We believe in the universal Church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.
We believe in the personal, visible RETURN OF CHRIST to earth and the establishment of His kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and suffering of the wicked.